3. Keely Bosler
Speaking of the Finance Department and cabinet secretary, the person holding Matosantos’ earlier job is Keely Bosler, who moved to Finance after Matosantos became cabinet secretary. There’s a certain amount of musical chairs here: During Jerry Brown’s final administration, Bosler served as cabinet secretary, replacing Dana Williamson. That means Bosler has served in high positions in both the Brown and Newsom administrations, so she is clearly an institutional link between the two. She also faces a grim reality. When she took over Finance, the state had a $21.5 billion surplus and Bosler must have been smiling. Two months ago, the state budget for 2020-21 showed a $54 billion shortage – an enormous swing of $75 billion. She wasn’t smiling, but the state managed to come up with a budget that delays payments, hopes for federal money and makes cuts. But the budget, once the perpetually premier news story out of Sacramento, has moved back in line as COVID-19 elbows its way in. The employment losses associated with the pandemic, including the demand for extended jobless benefits, are putting a new slew of challenges on Bosler’s desk.
Updated Aug. 11, 2020