Newsom Unveiled a Fresh, Ambiguous Stimulus Programme to Combat Rising Gas Costs.

Governor Gavin Newsom of California wanted to shift the focus of his annual “state of the state” speech away from the Covid-19 outbreak and back onto climate change and homelessness.

“California way” was the theme of his 18-minute address, which he used as a shorthand to contrast with illiberalism, political divisiveness, environmental devastation, and xenophobia, all of which he referred to repeatedly.

California “does democracy like no other place in the world,” he remarked. “Only in the United States can so many people from so many different backgrounds find success. Our democracy, on the other hand, can’t be taken for granted.”

It also involves rejecting old binaries and discovering fresh answers to enormous challenges, which is what he described as “the California method.”

He made a few jabs at Republican strongholds like Texas and Florida, pointing out their higher death tolls from cardiovascular disease and lower rates of economic development than California. A recent rule in Florida restricting the subject of sexuality in public schools was referred to as a snide remark by him.

Newsom Unveiled a Fresh, Ambiguous Stimulus Programme to Combat Rising Gas Costs.

A stimulus program to “bring money back in Californians’ pockets to combat increasing gas costs” was also announced by Newsom at the time. This line originally referred to a “gas tax rebate” in an earlier version of the speech. Uncertainty surrounds the new policy. In California, a new gas tax is due to take effect in July. Democratic lawmakers have raised reservations about Newsom’s plan to postpone that tax increase.

Average gas prices in California have reached $5.34 a gallon (in some areas, it has soared beyond $7 a gallon), and President Joe Biden’s restriction on Russian energy imports is projected to further increase that price. People in the state may fall farther into poverty as a result of the rise in petrol costs. On the plus side, higher petrol prices encourage fewer people to drive, and fewer people driving equals fewer carbon emissions.

With over $38 billion invested in clean technology, Newsom lauded California’s “leadership in clean technology,” including the production of electric automobiles and lithium batteries, as an example of the “California way.”

In addition, he bragged about his own initiatives to combat homelessness.

As recently as a few years ago, “California lacked any comprehensive strategy—no responsibility, and no substantial state resources—to fix the problem,” he stated. “However, things have altered drastically.”

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This may come as a surprise to some, particularly in Los Angeles where rows of tents are commonplace. Also, while Newsom has proposed a proposal to push those with major mental health and addiction difficulties to court-ordered treatment, the plan is weak on specifics and nothing more than a framework. In other words, he didn’t utilize the speech as a chance to work out any of those kinks.

There was no mention of the topic that has dominated American society for the past two years. There were just four mentions of “pandemic” in Newsom’s address compared to 28 mentions of “Covid” in last year’s speech, according to the transcript. At least a few of the politicians in attendance were not hiding their identities.

When asked if there were many people outside these walls who were waiting for the words that would be said here tonight given the state of our world, Newsom replied, “I don’t imagine there are many people outside these walls waiting on the words that will be said here tonight,” referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.