(Part-2) California Gov. Newsom proposes housing and climate measures to overcome $38 billion budget shortfall.

Funding for a $1.5 billion program to assist counties in housing individuals experiencing homelessness due to severe mental illness or drug use problems is postponed until 2025–26, while $235 million remains.

Among the $2.9 billion in climate change funding that Newsom wants to eliminate is $40 million from a program that assists local and regional governments in combating the effects of severe heat, and $23.5 million from a pilot program to introduce zero-emission vehicles that carry products from ports.

Spending of over $600 million on initiatives to assist drivers in making the switch from gas to hybrid and zero-emission vehicles would be delayed until 2027–28, according to his proposals. While he maintains a $1.4 billion plan to protect 30% of the state's land and coastal waterways, he pushes out the rebate program for solar panels by $200 million, putting it off until 2026–28.

The governor signed a bill last year mandating a minimum wage of $25 per hour for health care workers, with increases beginning on June 1. Now he's pleading with lawmakers to make it a condition that those be tied to the state's budget.

Additionally, the plan would put off the implementation of a $975 million initiative aimed at attracting more individuals to careers in social work and mental health by more than $300 million.

Education in California receives a relatively constant portion of the state budget year after year, under state law. K-12 programs will get $126.8 billion under Newsom's plan, down from $129.2 billion under the previous administration.

The amount allocated for school building has been reduced from $875 million to $375 million. The rescheduling of $550 million in grants to school districts for the purpose of modernizing pre-K, kindergarten, and preschool facilities will also take place in 2025–26.

Spending of $500 million on zero-emission school buses is preserved under the proposal. Higher education and student aid would get $44.8 billion under Newsom's budget proposal.

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