Newsom promises unemployment insurance to California federal workers

Governor-elect, Gavin Newsom

Governor Gavin Newsom said he thought it was necessary to help California workers who might be affected by the closure. | Gregory Bull / AP Photo

SACRAMENTO – California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday promised that thousands of federal government officials in California who were fired as part of the government's partial closure will be made "eligible for" unemployment insurance urging to apply for benefits immediately.

"We will protect you," said Newsom, who made the statement while unveiling his $ 209 billion budget.

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The California Democratic governor said he wanted to send a message to federal workers – estimated at more than 250,000 in California – and that he should enter the employment development department to apply for as early as today to help them through a difficult time. as they start leaving without a paycheck on Friday.

The governor said he could not quote a specific cost for these benefits, but felt it was necessary to help California workers who might be affected by the closure.

The partial halt of the federal government is in its 20th day and concerns about 800,000 workers who are either on leave or work without pay.

Newsom said it was inviting the workers to apply and that he wanted them to "know you could do it". But he is also concerned about the impact of the holidays on California's economy.

"I am very worried about this," he said. "My staff is responsible for determining what other credits can be used. Can we give loans to the TSA … to subsidize their salaries? I explore all the options. "

But when asked if workers are not actually paid twice for benefits, Newsom said, "We would make sure we fix problems" and other legal nuances.

"It's a fluid thing. If it lasts a few weeks, "he said, the state will continue to examine other legal and social issues related to the closure.

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