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Biden’s $350 Billion ‘Rescue’ At Odds With States’ Rosy Finances

May 19, 2021, 12:00 PM

As President Joe Biden’s administration prepared to unleash $350 billion of aid for states and local governments last week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the funds would head off a repeat of the painful budget-cutting that slowed the nation’s recovery from the last recession.

The same day, in Sacramento, California, Governor Gavin Newsom delivered a very different message: Thanks to the surging incomes of the wealthiest residents, the state would have a $76 billion surplus to plow into free universal preschool, helping the homeless and the biggest tax rebate in the state’s history.

Never has there appeared to ...