Amid Rising Homeless Crisis, Lawmakers Propose Spending Half Of Surplus Combating Problem
“We’re hearing loud and clear that this is really the most important issue for cities up and down the state,” said Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).
San Jose Mercury News:
Will California Use Its Budget Surplus To Help The Homeless?
Responding to pleas from 11 big-city mayors grappling with the alarming rise of homelessness, California lawmakers on Wednesday announced two proposals that would devote over half of the state’s $6.1 billion budget surplus to the crisis. A bipartisan bill from Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and backed by Republican Assemblyman Brian Maienschein of San Diego, calls for a one-time infusion of $1.5 billion in matching funds for cities. (Murphy, 2/21)