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building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc7 news. >> hi there, i'm kristen sze. welcome to our daily program, getting answers. we asked experts your questions everyday 3:00 to get answers for you in real time. today, we will break down a new report showing the cost of living in california californiaa especially when you have kids. and the discrepancies that we are seeing, based on race and gender. but first, state leaders join governor knutson at his economic recovery plan news conference today, including san francisco assembly member phil ting, who joined us now to talk more about it. assembly man king, good to see you. >> her to see you, kristen. >> is a law to break down this recovery plan. what was the biggest take away for you that you want to
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understand? >> the biggest take away is that we are very focused on helping working families, middle-class families, who really struggled through this pandemic. we know the aid they have gone from the federal government has helped. we have done some aid, we are just trying to expand that aid and really making sure that those that need our help are getting it. >> where are all of those areas you are talking about expanding? are we talking about rent relief, childcare, cash, talk about that. >> the governor talked about friendly relief, rent relief, as well as families to earn less than $70,000, currently helping families earning less than $30,000, expanding that. we think that's a great start again, we still have to discuss the overall budget and work out some of the details we think the overall direction isisis >> all right, let's talk about the stimulus, who can expect it, and how soon can they expect the checks? the $600? >> my understanding is over two thirds of californians will be impacted. we still need to pass a budget
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and a budget won't go into effect until july 1st. so we still have to go to the details and work them out. but, assuming that we are able to agree on some some stimulus, people should hopefully getting checks after july 1. >> you think the lawmakers are pretty united on this? or do you act enough opposition to not have that happen? >> i think we are actually all in favor of the overall direction. we just need to iron out some things. >> i want to ask you, what is enabling such expansion of relief and assistance of people? is that the governor talked about a huge budget surplus, about 55 or $66 billion, which when you tell people that, they go, what? so surprising, right? all you hear about his companies leaving california during the pandemic. so where is that >> great question. last year, you might recall we had a $54 billion deficit, so then we ratcheted down our
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budget projections. we exceeded all those projections and then some this year? going into next year, where that money is coming from his income taxes, about two thirds of our money comes from income taxes, and most is paid for by people who earn more than $500,000. they have done really quite well during this pandemic. so we don't really rely on essential workers or people making minimum wage for our state revenue. we really rely on the top 1% californians. >> okay, i want to talk a little bit about vaccination rates, just to shift gears. i know that something that you really been calling attention to as well. the states vaccination rates are declining. quite frankly, even though we have done pretty well, especially here in the bay area, wondering if on the state legislature, do you think there's more to be done to get that up? >> i think what we have to do is make sure that we are more focused than ever on certain communities that have not embraced vaccination, and i think what we have to do is
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probably bring vaccination sites to them, mobile vaccination sites. overall, we are still incredibly well. there is one large state, connecticut, that is doing better in terms of our vaccination rates. frankly, you can see it in the covert numbers. the covid numbers are as low today as they were at the very beginning of the pandemic, march of 2020. so, we are definitely moving in the right direction. we can still do better, and as soon as we are able to start vaccinating more children, i think you will see those rates even higher. >> yeah, i mean, vaccinating children is a key piece of the puzzle come in terms of ensuring kids can get back to school safely. i want to talk to you about that. you really made it a point, draw the pandemic, children should be in class as long as it's safe to do so. and you push for kids to get back to you in person learning. what are you thinking right now, in terms of funding for
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schools, which the governor referred to as well today to bring students back by next fall? >> that's a great question. we already gave school districts 12 billion additional dollars for learning loss mitigation, but we gave them $4 billion this year, so that they could reopen, in addition, we anticipate that school funding will be at an all-time high, given where our budget is. again, a certain baseline of our budget. so schools are going to have more than enough money. we also saw, even at the height of the pandemic in november, december, january, when covid was at an all-time high in the state, we didn't see super spreader events happening at most schools, almost all schools. so we know schools are a safe place for our children, for teachers. now that the adults have gotten vaccinated, there is no reason that schools shouldn't be opened in the fall. >> do you feel like in person learning is just, by any metrics you have, in theory, right? i think you were talking about letting that waiver to allow for virtual learning expired,
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which means you couldn't even do a hybrid, which some school districts, and even some parrots mentioned as, hey, this could be working for my kid. you know, maybe that's something we should consider, right? letting people go to class if they want to and learn virtually if they prefer that. what you say to that? >> well, again, if you look at it, there is no argument that in person learning is the way to go. we talk to educators, we talk to parents, we talk to children. that is by far the best way, there is not a better way as of right now. now in terms of families that need to
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when you saw trump to greater income inequality. what we have been able to do is take some of that aggressive taxation, that's what we have announced today, which is looking at stimulating, giving middle-class and working-class californians money and resources, to pay rent, buy food, help them with their everyday life. >> okay, coming right up after you, we are talking to a guest who is part of a report that shows a large discrepancy, both by race and gender, right, when it comes to households really struggling to meet their basic needs. so anything in particular to focus on boosting women or people of color, communities of color? >> we are looking at that. i've been talking to a lot of my fellow legislatures on the caucus, a lot of individuals are looking at specific strategies on helping many of
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the communities of color. you know, kristen, as well as i do, or i did, that right now, we saw so many people boycotting asian american businesses, right when the pandemic first came out. so we know a specific strategy to help them get through this pandemic is very important. >> okay, one last thing before we let you go, i think that's my hair, i need a haircut. it's just something into that microphone. i want to ask you, you are good, you are good, your hair is short enough, that's not an issue, assembling and. but you are proposing a bill to get rid of jaywalking tickets in california. explained that to us, why? >> it's actually very simple. they passed a law in 2018 that it wasn't a crime to not fully finish crossing in the crosswalk when some light turns red. i know it sounds kind of crazy but people were getting cited for that because they couldn't walk across the street in time, in the middle of the crosswalk. what we really want to do is take away this really arbitrary
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titration citation. i have jaywalk to come i'm sure you have as well. i haven't gone cited. but what we find it african- americans get cited about 3 to 4 times as often as anybody else, especially in los angeles. we want to make sure that this is something that's not arbitrary. we want to encourage people to walk. the last thing we want to do is this incentivized pedestrians by citing them. so by taking away this penalty, we continue to allow law enforcement to crack down on pedestrians that are not safe when they jump in front of moving cars, but at the same time, takes away some of their arbitrary's. >> i see, i see. in addition to the difference by race, i imagine this kind of targets maybe the elderly too, who couldn't, you know, make it across the street quickly enough, they are moving slower and such. i appreciate your time and insight, and coming your way in california. take care. >> thanks
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welcome back. we all know living in california, the golden state, it is expensive. a new report shows just how bad it is, especially for communities of color. joining us now is and price, the president of insight center, for community economic development, which is behind a new report. that afternoon, and. thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> it really grab people's attention, the headline, what are your biggest takeaways from the finding, in your report? >> our report just quantifies what we already know in the bay area, that it's very expensive to live here. one thing we didn't know was just how expensive it is to even start a family in the bay area particularly. and so, even having a high minimum wage doesn't help families make ends ends ends en
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>> this is true. let's you show people a little bit of what you are talking about. we have produced a couple of graphics. one here shows the percentage of households in california with two children struggling to make ends meet, all right so by race, 29% or i should say 27% of white households. but look at this. 59% of black households struggling to make ends meet and 66% of lot so what does that tell you, both from a practical standpoint and a policy standpoint? >> you know, it really speaks to the structures of our economy. the fact that a lot of communities of color cannot actually, you know, work enough to meet their basic expenses, like housing and childcare. the real issue here really is the rising cost of childcare, and how it's even outpacing
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housing. >> all right, so president biden today in fact did try to address that, really announcing support for child care and expansion of that in california. governor newsom will be talking about that as well. what would you like to see happen? >> you know, i think we need a myriad of solutions. i really appreciate that the governors announced a small stimulus. we need to get money in the hands of families, so that they can take care of their daily needs. but we need a larger scale set of policies that's going to deal with what we are seeing in the labor market and the housing market. that's going to be a longer arc. >> all right, just to give people a better sense for child care costs, childcare is triple the cost in the bay area, right? that is your finding. hourly wage needed for single parent with two kids to meet their basic household expenses is around $74 an hour, is that right? i mean, that sounds like it is high. >> that is exactly right. it sounds so incredible, but it's very true.
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that is how expensive it is. so for example, for a family of four in san francisco, with two school-aged kids, they need to make about $153,000 to make ends meet. and that means no assistance from government or family or friends. that's what we're talking about here, in terms of why we are seeing so many communities of color struggling to take care of their families. >> so what is happening, in terms of people having children? are you seeing those numbers is starting to turn and go downward, as a result of this cost? >> you know, i think it's becoming, you know, very difficult for people who want to start a family. and our findings show that basically single, black, and latin ex-families with no children are struggling more than white families who have two kids. that's really incredible. we have never really experienced the issue of can you start a family in california, and really be able to take care of them in the way
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that you, in the way that you want to? >> okay, assuming you can overcome barriers, and achieve a higher education, right? let's say a black woman who has a bachelors degree, what does their income look like, in terms of, you know, being comparable to, for example, white men, is that gap narrowing or is it widening? >> you know, it's actually widening. it really counters our notion that education should not be a barrier to economic security and prosperity. but what we are seeing, it's a big difference between black women, for example, and white men, who have a bachelors degree. they are struggling at much higher rates. that really shouldn't be. it's telling us something about what's happening in the labor market for black women. >> all right. i want to go back to something that's really a big issue for a lot of families, child support payments. and the way the state, you know, you brought up it's putting more people who are low income and that, due to the way
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the state handles them and interest rates, talk about that. >> you know, i'm talking about state-sponsored child-support, not every kind of child support, but actually, it puts families into debt. families that really, they want to take care of their children. this debt mounts, because of the high interest rates that they have to pay, once they go into debt. and not all of that money that they give goes to their children. and that something people really don't realize. >> so in your opinion, when you look at the big picture here, what you think needs to change? what needs to happen to close the gap? >> yeah, in that instance, we need to make sure that every dollar that a parent sends should go to his or her child, right? they need to get all of that money. we need to do something about this interest rate. it is really hurting families, it is keeping them in a state of economic security. we also need a range of other types of policies that can help bolster an address are high
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poverty rates, particularly for children. i know that we are a state that has done a lot to move in that direction, but this report shows us that we just have a longer way to go. >> i do want to ask you, this is an interactive show. as viewers watch some of them are on facebook live putting in questions and comments, larry does point out here, race has nothing to do with income. and he's not alone, there are others who feel that, what you say to that? >> well, you know, the reality is, race has everything to do with income. that's for a variety of reasons. and it's not just because we think that. not because we think people of color may have lower educational levels. it's really what we see in the labor market. we may not realize that 9 out of 10 jobs are racially segregated in this country. right? so people are actually forced ty and pushed into jobs that have lower benefits, that have, you know, lower wages. and that's to no fault of their own, it's the structure of our
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projected shortfall. today, we are announcing a projected $75.7 million budget surplus. it's a remarkable turnaround. we talk about california coming back. i made the point at the point at of the state a number of months ago, california is not coming back. california is going to come roaring back on the $75.7 billion operating budget surplus. and an additional $26 billion will be coming from the federal government. we are now in a position to roll out a $100 million plus comeback plan in the state of california. and the first announcement in that plan, we are announcing today. that is immediate relief, to millions and millions of taxpayers, millions of millions of californians. today, we are announcing $12 billion tax rebate, to the people of the state of california earning up to
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$75,000, let me put that in perspective. that tax rebate will impact just shy of 80% of all tax filers will get a direct stimulus check, will get a direct relief payment, because of this announcement. two thirds of all californians will benefit from this stimulus. that's roughly $12 billion, let me be specific, $11.9 billion when you add to the stimulus, round one stimulus that we put out a number of months ago. i want to make this clear. and i make this with respect that is due. this is a proposal from the ministration, it requires concurrence and support of the legislature. that's why it's humbling and very meaningful to have the two budget chairs here today. i'm by no means nacve about the delivered process, as we rollout not only today's announcement, but we rollout this relies on friday of the
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importance of that give-and- take, with the legislature. but i'm mindful that our values are aligned, and that's been demonstrable over the course of the last number of months with the early action that we have taken. $12 billion in direct tax rebate, that is the largest year-over-year tax rebate that's ever been provided in any state in american history. number two, we are very mindful that the stimulus alone of $600, $500 for families with children, and those i-10 filers is not enough to address the stress, the anxiety, over the course of the last year plus in this pandemic induced recession. that's why today, we will be announcing our desire, our plan to double the rental assistance in the state of california, with the goal of getting 100% of all the back rent paid and provide 100% support over the next few months to renters,
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that have been directly impacted by this pandemic. $5.2 billion we are putting up to take care of rent payments. in addition to the $5.2 billion this build on the $2.6 billion we announced a number of months ago, additional 2.6, $5.2 billion in addition to paying off 100% of that rent, going back to last april, and moving forward over the course of the next number of months, we are also mindful, rent is just one part of the burden of households. issues of gas, electricity, and water are real. so today, we are announcing $2 billion of direct relief to pay down utility expenses, to pay off water, gas, and electricity needs. $1 billion of that $2 billion
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specifically we are proposing to be set aside to address the issue of water in the state. so this is not an insignificant announcement. it's unprecedented. as they say in california history, but that is rhetoric, and that often gets lost. but direct stimulus checks going in people's pockets, that direct relief, that is meaningful. >> stimulus checks, as a result of the state having that $76 billion surplus, trying to get more hands into the pockets of californians, i should say more money into the pockets
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thank you so much for joining us on this interactive show, getting answers. today, we broke down the tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the fda just authorizing the pfizer vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old. emergency use authorization tonight for pfizer to start giving adolescents shots, which will give them time for both shots before the next school year. and could the cdc soon be updating its guidance on masks indoors across this country? and could seasonal masks become reality? also tonight, our team now on the ground in india. the horror unfolding there. just as the world health organization classifies the indian variant as a global variant of concern. averaging nearly 400,000 new cases a day in that country. here in this country tonight, the major cyber attack. will it effect gas prices, airline fuel, military fuel? the attack


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