Gov. Newsom Issues Hardline Statement To Reparations Panel

California Governor Gavin Newsom has declined to endorse the cash payments recommended by the reparations task force, calling the issue of the legacy of slaverymuch more than cash payments.

The Reparations Task Force, which was created by Newsom in 2020 to study ways to address the legacy of slavery, recently released its findings and recommendations. The task force suggested cash payments of up to $1.2 million for a single recipient affected by redlining, overpolicing and mass incarceration, as well as other forms of historic discrimination.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Newsom applauded the task forces work but declined to endorse any of the specific recommendations.

The Reparations Task Forces independent findings and recommendations are a milestone in our bipartisan effort to advance justice and promote healing, Newsom said.Dealing with that legacy is about much more than cash payments. Many of the recommendations put forward by the Task Force are critical action items weve already been hard at work addressing: breaking down barriers to vote, bolstering resources to address hate, enacting sweeping law enforcement and justice reforms to build trust and safety, strengthening economic mobility all while investing billions to root out disparities and improve equity in housing, education, healthcare, and well beyond. This work must continue.

The governor also pledged to continue to work with the California Legislature toadvance systemic changes that ensure an inclusive and equitable future for all Californians.

However, not everyone is convinced that the task forces recommendations are the best way forward.

James Gallagher, California Assembly Republican Leader, called the reparations task force afools errand and said that Newsomwill have to choose between signing off on a ridiculous policy that will bankrupt the state or admitting once and for all that this task force was nothing more than a political stunt.

The task forces final recommendations will soon be submitted to the California Legislature, which will then decide whether to implement the measures and send them to Newsom‘s desk to be signed into law. It remains to be seen whether the cash payments will be approved and how Newsom will respond.


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