California has spent millions to protect the state Capitol due to potential unrest ahead of the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
The state spent nearly $19 million for a week's worth of high security around the Capitol and other parts of downtown Sacramento. Governor Gavin Newsom mobilized 1,000 members of the National Guard to protest government buildings, which cost $3.4 million for staffing, fuel and travel. The state Department of Finance says the bulk of the expense was in extra costs of the CHP, which went on "tactical alert" nearly a week before the inauguration.
National Guard troops and local law enforcement have begun to stand down, but the fencing installed around the Capitol will stay up for the rest of the week.