Assemblyman Jay Obernolte points out “…the legislative housing package will do little to nothing

to alleviate the worsening housing crisis.  We would have to spend over $250 billion to provide housing

for just the very lowest income Californians. That is twice our General Fund Budget for this year!”


 

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State Assembly, Sacramento California

Assemblyman Obernolte Addressess Housing 

    Package that will Increase Housing Costs  

                                                        

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) opposed the affordable housing package that passed the California State Legislature this week. The legislation increases costs on Californians without solving the housing crisis. 



Among the bills passed were:                                            

SB 2 (Atkins) – Imposes a $75 recording fee on real estate related documents, such as deeds.

SB 3 (Beall) – Increases state debt by borrowing $4 billion in the form of a general obligation bond to be used for low-income housing.  Will be required to go before voters in the November 2018 election.

SB 35 (Wiener) –Narrowly streamlines low-income housing as long as 18 different conditions are met. Also requires payment of prevailing wages, increasing the cost of building homes.

 

“I am deeply disappointed that the Legislature passed a package of bills that does little to address the severe housing shortage facing our state. These bills are based on the misguided premise that we can simply spend our way out of this problem. Unfortunately, the data shows unequivocally that this is not the case.  In fact, according to the Legislative Analyst Office, we would have to spend over $250 billion to provide housing for just the very lowest income Californians. That is twice our General Fund Budget for this year.   

“Unfortunately, this legislative housing package will do little to nothing to alleviate the worsening housing crisis.  Instead, these bills will make housing more expensive for all Californians. We currently spend a staggering $332,000 on average to build a single unit of low-income housing and these bills will make it even costlier. This problem will not be solved until we increase the supply of housing by reducing the cost of construction and streamlining the permitting process. Every Californian deserves the opportunity to be a homeowner.” 

 

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly District, which includes the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and Victorville.