A new bill aimed at increasing affordable housing construction is back by California’s carpenters’ unions, but the Construction and Building Trades Council is opposed, saying it doesn't guarantee union wages.
Assembly Democrats want to use $10 billion out of a projected $30 billion surplus to repair and expand K-12 school facilities to accommodate new transitional kindergarten and community schools approved in 2021.
Affordable housing advocates are asking why bills supported by state Senate leader Toni Atkins are stuck in the Assembly. One answer appears to be a labor provision pushed by the State Building and Construction Trades Council.
Newsom proposes to add $1.1 billion annually to the formula to enable those districts to hire more staff for "concentration" school districts, where more than 2 million low-income children and English learners are enrolled.