Hot Legislative Topics in January 2016: Housing and School Mental Health

(January 25, 2016)

A Lot More in Housing than Just the Prop 63 $2 Billion Bond Proposal

Housing has centered on the $2 Billion Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) proposal by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Darrell Steinberg that was presented together with a proposal to have local pilot programs to house other homeless people through new state funds as well as an increase in the SSI/SSP benefit for people who are disabled.

Besides that proposal, the governor’s budget reinforced the need to increase the SSI/SSP benefit and proposed funding to cities, counties and providers to provide housing and services for people coming out of state prison.

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Highlights from Governor’s 2016-17 Budget Proposal

Highlights from Governor’s 2016-17 Budget Proposal

On January 7th Governor Brown introduced his proposed 2016-17 budget.

State revenues are projected to be up about $6 Billion. This is the Department of Finance forecast which is more conservative than that of the legislative analyst. The actual budget to be enacted in June will be based on revised estimates due in May. Continue reading Highlights from Governor’s 2016-17 Budget Proposal