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California's $ 215 billion budget to expand health care for illegals



California's new budget, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, expands health care for illegal immigrants and includes a penalty for people who do not purchase health insurance.

The commissions were among several measures in the $ 214.8 billion operating budget signed before the midnight deadline. It is the largest in the state's history, according to the Los Angeles Times.

 Gov. Gavin Newsom holds up $ 215 billion 2019-2020 state budget signed in Sacramento, California, Thursday, June 27, 2019. This is Newsom's first state budget since becoming governor. (AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli)

Gov. Gavin Newsom holds up $ 215 billion 2019-2020 state budget signed in Sacramento, California, Thursday, June 27, 2019. This is Newsom's first state budget since becoming governor. (AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli)
      

California lawmakers were at odds over how to get government-funded health care to illegal immigrants. News about $ 98 million a year to cover low-income illegal immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25. A more extreme state's bill proposed covering all illegal immigrants over the age of 19 living in California – a proposal that would cost estimated $ 3.4 billion.

The budget also seeks to address the state's crippling housing shortage and mounting homelessness. California's governor and legislative leaders agreed on a plan to reward local governments who make it easier to build housing and punish those who don’t.

Local governments that comply with these housing requirements will face up to $ 600,000 a month.

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The bill marks Newsom's first signed budget since taking office in January. Its passage was largely due to a $ 21.5 billion surplus that ensured there was plenty of money to spend on its priorities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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