California State. Gavin Newsom He remains silent as his state considers distributing hundreds of billions of dollars to the black population in reparations as a way to offset slavery and subsequent discrimination.
Newsom, a Democrat, has not yet taken a position or commented publicly on the prospect of his state enacting a slew of recent compensation proposals gaining traction in California. The governor’s office did not respond to any of Fox News Digital’s repeated requests for comment regarding its views on the issue and whether it is considering executive action to implement the plans being discussed if the California legislature takes no action.
the California Compensation Task Force, created by state legislation Newsom signed in 2020, is considering a proposal to award just under $360,000 per person to the nearly 1.8 million black Californians whose ancestors were enslaved in the US, making the total cost of the program about $640 billion. dollar. .
The task force’s final recommendations on compensation will be submitted to the California legislature, which will then decide whether to implement the measures and send them to Newsom’s office to be signed into law.
Newsom’s silence on compensation comes amid growing calls for him to use his power to unilaterally enact task force proposals for black residents of the state if the legislature does not.
“The task force does the hard work of preparing final recommendations, but ultimately these recommendations are non-binding and still require relentless political will to enact remedies that will begin to address centuries of compound harm,” Drizen Heath, a leading compensation expert and activist, said recently. for Fox News Digital. Newsom has the authority to enact these recommendations, if in fact they are in line with the wishes of the entire slope community, after the release of the final report on July 1, and he must do so, if state legislators fail to act.
Last year, the government task force submitted several Preliminary recommendations in an interim report. A final report of the commission’s official recommendations is due by July 1 to the state legislature.
The committee was formed amid the turmoil following the 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. None of the nine committee members, most of whom were appointed by Newsom, are white.
The task force initially proposed $220,000 per person for black Californians last year, but recently increased the number by more than 60% to $360,000 as one of several ideas being considered for compensation.
Economists and researchers who consulted with the task force came up with the latest proposal using a model that assessed the racial wealth gap in California, calculating damages related to injustices such as housing discrimination, mass incarceration, and health harms.
It is not clear how California will pay the extensive damages. Newsom announced in January that the state faced a projected budget shortfall of $22.5 billion for the next fiscal year. Weeks later, the California Bureau of Legislative Analysts, a state agency that analyzes the state legislature’s budget, estimated in a subsequent report that Newsom’s forecast fell short of the mark by about $7 billion.
However, Lisa Holder, a staff member and president of the far-left Equal Justice Society, vowed in a recent opinion piece that the commission “The recommendations will be impressive.”
Meanwhile, as California contemplates compensation at the state level, the city of San Francisco is weighing its own compensation proposals at the local level.
Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors expressed “unanimous” support for a draft plan of more than 100 compensation recommendations for the city, including a proposal to designate $5 million each for eligible black residents. According to Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a $5 million lump sum proposal would cost non-black families in the city at least $600,000.
The city council has also expressed interest in others Remedial Forms for the City of San Francisco Roughly 50,000 black residents, like a guaranteed annual income of at least $97,000 for 250 years and a home in the area for just $1 per family.
Another idea under consideration is a “comprehensive debt forgiveness” program that would clear all personal, educational and credit card debts of low-income black families.
Like California, San Francisco is also facing a huge deficit, Estimated at 728 million dollarsmaking it unclear how the city will pay for this compensation plan.
According to Heath, local efforts in San Francisco or other cities to pay compensation should not excuse any state, including California, or the federal government from paying their own compensation.
She recently told Fox News Digital: “San Francisco’s action must act at the local level to address local harms and not negate the US government or the state of California to right their crimes.” “It is not the job of any city to remedy damages caused by the federal or state government.”