Gavin Newsom Has Big, Liberal Plans for California. So How Would He Pay for Them?

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is promising an ambitious agenda for California in his campaign for governor: universal preschool and child care. Health care for all. More money for higher education and job training. More spending on roads, public transit and bridges. Millions of new housing units.

“The time for timidity is over,” Newsom said at a prime-time speech at the California Democratic Party convention in February. “California has never succeeded by playing it safe.”

All of it would be expensive. But Newsom isn’t saying exactly how he’d pay for his ideas. (read more)