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Gavin Newsom's First State Budget Makes Women & Children A Spending Priority

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The California governor’s budget is coming out Thursday, and it will include millions of dollars for women and children.  CapRadio’s Sammy Caiola has the details

Governor Gavin Newsom was flanked by stacked boxes of diapers and tampons. He wants to eliminate the sales tax on both items, to make life a little easier for parents, especially women.

“Yes I’m a feminist, a proud feminist”

He took the podium with his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and acknowledged her contributions to his work and their home. In addition to the tax breaks, the governor vowed to increase paid family leave by two weeks, and to expand child care access.

The women’s caucus has been pushing these issues for years, and Jerry Brown vetoed some of their proposals. Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell spoke at the event alongside other members.

“Children do not get do-overs … We need to recognize that they’re not going to stay three for five years to allow policymakers and the grownups in the room to figure it out and catch up with the funding.”

The child care plan will cost $130 million, with $80 million coming from taxes on recreational marijuana.