At $276 million, the recall is a costly distraction to the issues California faces.
Costs and Abuse of the Recall Process
The September 14th Special Election is expected to cost California voters nearly $276 million – money that could have been used to support students, schools and families. During the pandemic, the recall process was highjacked by some well-funded special interest groups that got an unprecedented three month-extension to gather the required signatures. Now, California will run a costly election less than a year before the next scheduled Gubernatorial campaign.
Governor Newsom continues to support California’s public schools, colleges, working families and communities. The Governor prioritized vaccines for essential workers, educators, and school staff, and now California has the lowest COVID-19 transmission rate in the nation.
While California still ranks far below the national average in per-student funding, the governor’s budget plan proposes historic increases for the restart and recovery of our schools and colleges. His plan to expand transitional kindergarten to all four-year-olds and his investment in social and emotional supports will help give students a promising start to a bright future.
Governor Newsom is also leading with record investments to address California’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis, expand affordable healthcare and childcare, and increase wildfire preparedness.
The Recall’s Anti-Union Funders
The recall is funded by anti-union millionaires who want to roll back decades of progress on workers’ rights in California. The recall backers want to lower wages, eliminate health care, weaken workplace safety laws, defund public education, and kill union jobs. Their next goal is putting forth a school voucher initiative in 2022.