Gov. Newsom Withholds Support for California Reparations Task Force

California Gov. Gavin Newsom does not endorse cash payments

May 10, 2023

Date: May 10, 2023


Summarized by Chat GPT and Wayne McEachron AKA Osiris

1. California Gov. Gavin Newsom does not endorse cash payments of up to $1.2 million for black residents proposed by his reparations task force.

2. Newsom believes reparations are about more than cash payments and should address the country's history of slavery and systemic racism.

3. The governor considers the task force's findings a milestone in advancing justice.

4. Newsom praises the task force's work but doesn't support specific recommendations.

5. The task force's recommendations include action items already being addressed, such as breaking down barriers to vote, addressing hate, and enacting law enforcement and justice reforms.

6. The nine-member committee voted in favor of several recommendations, including a minimum of $360,000 in checks for eligible black Californians.

7. The task force suggests creating a new agency to determine the amount owed to each black resident based on factors like past incarceration and housing discrimination.

8. Proposed payments range from a few thousand to $1.2 million, potentially costing taxpayers over $800 billion—more than 2.5 times California's annual budget.

9. The task force has not provided ideas for funding these payments.

10. The committee is expected to submit final recommendations to the California Legislature, which will decide whether and how to implement them before sending them to Newsom for approval.


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