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Gov. Newsom's budget targets a state generic drug label, homeless relocation

The budget earmarks more than a billion dollars in new spending to try to relocate homeless families into shelters on vacant state land

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed $222 billion budget, California would become the first state to create its own generic drug label, contracting with drug manufacturers to increase competition and decrease the cost for medication.

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The budget also earmarks more than a billion dollars in new spending to try to relocate homeless families into shelters on vacant state land and $750 million to construct new affordable housing.

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Preparing for the next round of devastating wildfires is also a priority for the governor, who is asking legislators to approve a billion dollars in spending on preventing and tracking fires. These funds would pay for more than 670 new firefighters and allocate $100 million on a pilot program to protect homes most vulnerable to wildfires.

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Other highlights include: 

$12 billion to combat climate change over the next five years, including a cap-and-trade program.

A new state consumer protection agency to monitor financial institutions and oversee debt collection companies. 

A $100 million commitment to provide $20,000 stipends to recruit more teachers to work at high-needs schools throughout the state.

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