Nicole Nixon / CapRadio

Updated July 2, 2021 at 1:22 PM ET

California voters will decide whether to keep or boot their governor, Democrat Gavin Newsom, on Sept. 14 of this year.

The lieutenant governor chose the date for a highly-anticipated gubernatorial recall Thursday, hours after the secretary of state certified the recall petition.

A year after slashing spending to fill a record-breaking deficit spurred by the pandemic, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is eyeing a massive surplus and hopes to send out a second, larger round of stimulus checks to residents.

"It's a remarkable, remarkable turnaround," Newsom said in an interview with All Things Considered Monday.

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This story is part of an NPR nationwide analysis of states' revenue and budgets during the pandemic.