By Assemblyman Kevin Kiley – January 13, 2022

The Sheriff of LA County is blasting Newsom for feeding billions more into the “homeless industrial complex.” I’ve proposed a full audit of all homelessness spending. Let’s see exactly where the money is going. 

The last time I proposed such an audit, I was one vote away from getting it approved when Newsom pressured three legislators to “abstain.” The Committee Chairman even tried to cancel the vote as the Governor’s aides eyed him (video here).

A poll shows 89 percent of voters support my audit. Yet Newsom will try to kill it again. He’s also trying to undercut two of my other proposals that have broad public support:

AB 1638 – my bill to fully suspend the 51-cent gas tax. Newsom just countered with his own “gas tax holiday.” Except this “holiday” is hardly worth celebrating. It merely delays another 3-cent increase. 

AB 1599 – my bill to repeal Prop. 47. A Newsom ally is countering with a Prop. 47 “reform” bill that hardly does anything. It still lets you steal $450 without consequence. 

These feeble half-measures are a clear sign. Our corrupt politicans see the jig is about up, that public discontent is at a breaking point. Perhaps that’s why they’re in a rush to ram through the most radical legislation yet. 

Yes, on Tuesday night, by an 11-3 vote, the Assembly Health Committee advanced the bill to double taxes and create single payer healthcare. I wish I were making this up.

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