The Latest: Democrats Cheer Newsom’s Focus On Education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Democratic lawmakers are cheering new California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s commitment to investing in early childhood education. Assemblyman Kevin McCarty says it was hard to get former Gov. Jerry Brown to see that as a priority. Newsom will introduce a roughly $2 billion investment in child care and early learning programs in his budget address later this week. Newsom’s Monday inaugural address also drew cheers when he pledged to expand health care. Republican lawmakers, meanwhile, are holding off on harsh criticism for now of the Democrat. Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen says he doesn’t think the state can afford Newsom’s ambitious proposals. But he says he hopes to work with the new governor on wildfire management. Assembly Republican leader Marie Waldron says she hopes the two can find common ground.

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