Newsom recall will cost California taxpayers $215 million, state officials say

Newsom recall will cost California taxpayers $215 million, state officials say

6/10/2021 10:10:00 PM

Newsom recall will cost California taxpayers $215 million, state officials say

An analysis projects the recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom will cost $215 million, an amount that's likely to grow as more candidates emerge.

SACRAMENTO —An analysis released Thursday projects the recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom will cost at least $215 million, less than what elections officials initially estimated but a large enough price tag that local governments across California will need the state to pick up the tab.

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The estimate, contained in a memo to the Joint Legislature Budget Committee, was calculated by surveying elections officials from each of the state’s 58 counties. It could provide the basis for one of two fiscal analyses required by California law, both of which must be completed before a date can be set for the special election in which voters could oust Newsom from office.

“The total costs reported by all counties to conduct a special statewide recall election is $215 million,” state Department of Finance Director Keely Martin Bosler wrote in the letter to lawmakers. “This estimate does not reflect the Secretary of State’s costs associated with a statewide recall election.” headtopics.com

The bulk of the costs for the election would be incurred on the local level, where elections are conducted. State costs are generally much smaller. A spokesperson for Secretary of State Shirley Weber didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about what other expenses might be expected.

Advertisementsubmitted more than enough voter signatures this spring to trigger a recall election, setting the stage for only the second gubernatorial recall in California history. Then-Gov. Gray Davis lost a 2003 recall, replaced by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. So far, almost six dozen Californians have filed statements of intention seeking to run in the recall election — including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, 2018 gubernatorial hopeful John Cox and reality TV star and retired Olympic decathlete Caitlyn Jenner, all Republicans.

No prominent Democrats have joined the preliminary field. Candidates can’t formally join the race until after an election date is chosen by Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis. Read more: Los Angeles Times »

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Thanks GOP MAGAs! What about all his expensive dinners!!!!? Sorry to air his dirty laundry! Lol 100% worth it $30 billion lost on his watch to criminals, $90 billion still being spent on a crazy train to nowhere, and hundreds of millions giving benefits to people who broke into our country…..I think $215 million is money well spent 🤷🏽‍♂️

Worth every penny. Still worth it. Send the bill to Kevin McCarthy and his dipstick crew. They’re good for it. I’m sure there’s a “surplus” account that’ll cover it. Drop in the bucket compared to the waste he has created. Ridiculous and useless. Worth it and more

Newsom and California lawmakers approved to receive pay raise amid improving economyThe California Citizens Compensation Commission, which is appointed by the governor, voted 4 to 0 on Tuesday to approve the 4.2% pay hikes for state elected officials. this is terrible news Of course they are I really don't think legislators should receive salaries in most cases, maybe like $50k at the most

bye So just shorten JerryBrownGov 's train set by 2.15 miles. Why is it that so-called small-government FiscalConservatives seem to spend all their time on political theater that costs US taxpayers more money rather than on bills & policy that create the means to reduce dependence on government CAGOP?

215 million in a state of 35 million. So like 8$ a person to collect a ballot. I bet 200m is going to newsom and his corrupt friends. Make the people that want him out pay. Is Caitlyn_Jenner paying? Worth every last penny. The GOP are ruthless political actors. Koch Bros and the John Birch Society are relentless in their oppressive pursuits!

Such a complete and total waste of money. It's worth every fucking penny.

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It’s so worth it 😊 Bargain How about we shelter some homeless humans or animals instead? Too bad they can’t make the failing party in this effort cover the cost. Sort of like Tort reform. Keeping Newsom will cost billions. Send the bill to California’s Central Valley: Bakersfield, Visalia, Hanford, Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Selma, Stockton—all of the ugly name towns. They’re the ones who had the most signatures.

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