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State Of The State: Republican Response

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Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Oakland would receive 15 unused FEMA trailers for temporary housing, part of his plans to address homelessness. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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In his annual State of the State address today, Gov. Gavin Newsom called the homelessness situation in "the richest state in the richest nation" a "disgrace."

Republicans basically agreed. They just differed on where to place the blame. In the party’s official response, Senate Republican Caucus Chair Brian Jones (El Cajon) laid out a few key areas where he said Newsom is falling short, faulting him in some cases for failing to even mention them:

  • On a rise in homelessness here, even as some recent data show it’s declining elsewhere
  • On a dip in housing construction despite a bold “Marshall Plan” on affordable housing
  • On the state’s floundering high-speed rail project
  • On the state’s contentious new independent contractor law
  • On the new snowpack numbers, which suggest the drought is returning to portions of the state

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Republicans agreed the homelessness crisis in wealthy California is a disgrace. They just differed on where to place the blame.