California Faces Projected $54 Billion Deficit Through Summer 2021

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California faces the worst budget deficit in the state's history, at $54 billion.  That's according to an analysis released Thursday by the state Department of Finance.  The projected shortfall comes after a $21 billion surplus last year, and as the state continues to reel from the coronavirus pandemic, which has thrown more than 4 million Californians into unemployment. We’ll talk about what the deficit could mean for schools, social services, and the state’s response to the virus. 

Guests:

Scott Shafer, senior editor for KQED’s California Politics and Government desk; co-host of KQED's "Political Breakdown"

John Myers, Sacramento bureau chief, Los Angeles Times

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