Statement on Governor Brown’s May Revise

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sacramento, CA–Assemblymember David Chiu (D - San Francisco) today issued the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his revised budget:

“I appreciate Governor Brown’s fiscal caution given economic uncertainties and proposed cuts by the Trump Administration, as well as his restoration of some critical funding to child care and In-Home Supportive Services.  

Unfortunately, nothing in today’s announcement addresses the most significant housing crisis in California history. The Governor’s plan does not restore the $400 million set aside last year for affordable housing. Since the Great Recession, funding for affordable housing fell by almost 70 percent; the cuts were never restored, and California has seen a dramatic rise in housing costs, homelessness, and market instability resulting in a housing crisis that will not fix itself.  Our state needs a permanent source of housing funding to build affordable units that the market simply never will. We must act now to address the housing crisis, to construct the additional 1.8 million units our state needs by 2025 so every Californian has a roof over his or her head.”

The Governor’s May Revise can be found here: http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/FullBudgetSummary.pdf.

The Legislature must pass the budget by June 15.

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Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco) is the Chair of the Housing & Community Development Committee, and sits on the Budget Committee, of the California State Assembly. He represents the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco.