California uses funding as threat over virus measures

  • FILE - In this May 24, 2020 file photo, people visit the beach in Newport Beach, Calif., during the coronavirus pandemic. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday, June 23, 2020, that he will leverage $2.5 billion in the upcoming state budget to penalize counties that fail to comply with the state’s mandates on wearing masks, testing and other measures meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As California sees a worrisome rise in the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Newsom threatened Wednesday to withhold up to $2.5 billion in the upcoming state budget from local governments that fail to comply with state mandates on wearing masks, testing and other measures meant to slow the spread of the virus.

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