Newsom’s Lockdowns Leave Taxpayers With $800K Bill

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California Governor Gavin Newsom has now cost taxpayers $800,000.

According to The Washington Free Beacon:

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D., Calif.) administration and Los Angeles County quietly agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to a local church in connection to their enforcement of unconstitutional lockdown policies, according to a legal settlement.

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State and local authorities will each pay $400,000 to Grace Community Church and pastor John MacArthur to cover the legal costs wrought by Newsom’s shutdown order, which singled out churches for capacity limits as he eased restrictions on businesses. State officials threatened massive fines and even jail time for the pastor after the church resumed services in the summer of 2020. Local officials went so far as to cancel the church’s five-decade-old lease on a parking lot. MacArthur, in a statement, said the settlement, as well as numerous legal victories, vindicated his stand-off with California Democrats.

“Over the past year, our congregation has seen his hand of blessing in ways like never before, and the Lord’s promise has been realized: ‘I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overpower it,'” MacArthur said.

Newsom’s church restrictions, which covered everything from attendance size to whether parishioners could sing, have proved costly to taxpayers. Los Angeles County spent nearly $1 million in legal fees in connection to the Grace Community Church lawsuit. California paid $2 million in legal fees to two other churches in June in response to separate suits over lockdown enforcement.

Newsom’s lockdowns were some of the harshest in the country.

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Grammaof4
Grammaof4
8 days ago

Thank God for the churches who stood up to fight against this tyranny of the hair gel king!

Tim Kuehl
Tim Kuehl
8 days ago

On September 1 a new law went into effect in Texas that explicitly states that places of worship cannot be ordered to close for any reason by any government agency or public official – including during a disaster.

Incredulous1
Incredulous1
8 days ago

Every church in the country should do the same thing. The atheists should be made to pay for their militancy.

Notalib
Notalib
8 days ago

Newsom needs to be kicked out of office along with his entire administration. Single party rule by the Democrats is destroying Ca. Vote him out.

Nonya Bizniz
Nonya Bizniz
7 days ago
Reply to  Notalib

Paradise isn’t burning….IT’S BURNT! Born and raised in CA and left when I was 29. F#*% CA and all the fruits and nuts that live there. And if you choose to stay you are one or the other. 8.3 along San Andreas fault…float it out to sea along with Oregon and Washington coasts. Demoncraps.

Jawad
Jawad
8 days ago

Oh dear me…what will Aunt Nancy-pants say? ‘Eat more gourmet ice cream!’

Carolyn
8 days ago

Democrats are trying so hard to take total control of this country. However, Gavin just got caught and is paying thousands to the church he tried to control. Guess what Mr. Gavin? God is still in control and you will pay dearly for you trying to “totally control what churches can and can’t do”!! It serves you right and I hope you lose your chance to be a California dictator!

Elaine
Elaine
7 days ago

California. Open your eyes. An close your pocketbooks to this dam idiot Newsome. Vote him out. Anybody had to be better than this crooked ass

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