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Yesterday, on his fourth day on the job, Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out a sweeping budget proposal for the state that was, as predicted, a marked break with the famous frugality of his predecessor, Jerry Brown.
Mr. Newsom called for ramping up spending on education, health care and homelessness, as well as to pay down the debt.
And, as my colleagues Claire Cain Miller and Jim Tankersley first reported last week, the new governor aims to boost paid parental leave to the longest in the nation: six months.
The United States remains the only industrialized country not to offer paid leave to parents, and such a policy has been a tough nut to crack at the…