SACRAMENTO - Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) released the following statement today in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State Address:
“I welcome the Governor’s efforts to prevent devastating wildfires, invest in our schools, and address our homelessness epidemic.
“California is home to one-quarter of the homeless population in the United States. This crisis requires decisive and compassionate action, and I am prepared to work with local leaders and the administration to help our homeless neighbors.
“We need to make California affordable for hard working families. According to a February 6 Quinnipiac University poll, 43 percent of Californians feel they cannot afford to live here. Among our young people ages 18 to 34, that number spikes to 61 percent. Families are paying more in taxes and fees, but receiving less in return.
“While the state’s reserve look substantial now, the state’s non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office warns of a future economic downturn. We must proceed with caution in funding programs, pass savings on to taxpayers, and make sure California is able to pay its financial obligations.”