Governor Gavin Newsom has released details of his budget that aims to address California's housing crisis, including a controversial plan to push cities to plan and approve more units.
The governor's idea to link the road maintenance dollars that cities get from the state to the progress they are making on housing development received bipartisan pushback from state lawmakers. And in order for Newsom to even be around for the plan's implementation, he'll have to win a second term.
The proposal, originally announced in January, and outlined in a budget trailer bill on Monday, begins with the establishment of higher goals for the amount of housing that cities need to plan for.
It then proposes sending $250 million to local jurisdictions to help with that planning, and $500 million in incentive grants -- money awarded to cities making progress on their housing targets.
The governor spoke of the link between housing and transportation during the campaign, and has argued that bold action is needed to meet his lofty goal of building 3.5 million new units in the state by 2025.