California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a budget emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement from his office.
The state's budget has gone from a $21 billion surplus to a $54.3 billion deficit in a matter of months. It was decimated by the economic demands of the pandemic.
The governor's proclamation clears the way for the state legislature to use a $16 billion rainy fund to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Expenditures include personal protective equipment, medical equipment, and services to protect vulnerable populations.
California has been in a state of emergency since March 4 when the pandemic began to take hold in the state.