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Democrats In State Legislature Turn Attention To Affordable Housing Issue

  

Democrats in the state Legislature are turning their attention to the issue of affordable housing in California. It’s their new focus, after passing a transportation bill earlier this month.

Top Assembly Democrats announced their next big agenda item at an affordable housing unit in downtown Sacramento. 

Last year lawmakers failed to reach a deal with Governor Jerry Brown to fund new housing in the state. This year, instead of one high-stakes bill, they’re floating dozens of new proposals.

Assembly Democrat Laura Friedman wants to target rich communities that aren’t adding affordable homes. 

“If you’re a community whose property values are skyrocketing because you’re not building, you will either have to build affordable housing or we will take a portion of that increase in property values and make you put it into a fund that nearby communities that want to do the right thing can use to build affordable housing,” says Friedman. 

It’s not clear how big a dent in the problem lawmakers can make. The state’s non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates it would take more than $10 billion to help every Californian in need afford a place to live.

Daniel Potter

Reporter

Daniel Potter started out as an intern at Nashville Public Radio, where he worked as a general assignment reporter for six years, covering everything from tornadoes to the statehouse.   Read Full Bio