Democrats Expose Newsom’s Dark Secret

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(TheRedWire.com) – Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA.) has been pushing for voters to approve a ballot initiative that he claims would help address the homelessness crisis. However, social providers have argued that the change would actually threaten programs that are in place to help ensure that people do not become homeless. 

Voters had previously approved a 2004 legislation that would impose a tax on millionaires that would be used for financing mental health services. The bill would generate around $2 to $3 billion in revenue each year. These funds have predominantly been directed to counties for funding mental health programs. 

However, Newsom’s initiative would give the state greater control over how the money was spent, and it would require that 60 percent of the funds be used for housing and other programs for substance abuse and mental illness. Under the new initiative, which voters get to vote on March 5th on, the funds would now predominantly be directed to addressing the homelessness crisis. 

Under this new formula, rural counties would be required to use the same percentage of funds to be used towards housing as the ones given by urban counties, such as San Francisco. However, in San Francisco, the homeless population is around six times larger. While officials in San Francisco have expressed support for the measure, officials in Butte County have pointed out that they are concerned. 

Formerly, the revenue generated by the millionaire tax in Butte County was predominantly used for suicide prevention programs and to deal with childhood trauma rates. 

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