Trump’s campaign threatens to withhold millions of dollars from California’s state workers
The Trump campaign has threatened to withhold tens of millions of federal funding that is already in California’s budget and would be hit by a state law that would require agencies to provide more funding to California, which Trump won last November by a decisive margin.
Trump’s state budget requests for fiscal year 2019 have risen by almost $400 million to $8.9 billion, a 13 percent jump from the previous year, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.
The Trump administration said last month that California would receive $6.5 billion in federal funds in the next two years from the federal government.
The president has threatened cuts to California’s social security system in a series of tweets, but has not yet made clear which state he will withhold the money from.
The federal government pays benefits to more than 2 million Californians and more than 3 million of them are eligible for federal aid.
California has long faced budget problems.
It is one of just three states with a budget shortfall of more than $1 billion per year.
The state budget for fiscal years 2019 through 2022 is $7.4 billion, according the Legislative Analyst.
Trump campaigned on a promise to eliminate the federal debt.
He has proposed cutting $25 billion from the national debt, including $8 billion in savings for military veterans.
But his budget for 2019 calls for a $1.6 trillion reduction from spending.