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Governor’s increased spending draws concern from lawmakers

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to take an extra $1.8 billion from the state’s dwindling coffers for the coronavirus response brought a stern rebuke Friday from some lawmakers. They worry he is reaching beyond his authority to spend money during an emergency. The administration says it can spend the money, citing the state’s Emergency Services Act. But Assembly Budget Committee chairman Phil Ting noted things like cancer and heart disease kill many more people per year than coronavirus. The dministration says it needs the flexibility to spend quickly should there be a second wave of cases when the Legislature is not in session. 

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