- Daniel Peeden
Sacramento - According to the U.S. Census Bureau, California's cost of living has contributed to a higher percentage of residents living in poverty than any other state in the nation. Identifying sustainable solutions to reduce the cost of living in California is critical to the long-term financial health of our working-class communities. AB 11, introduced by Assemblymember Dr. Corey Jackson, aims to find these solutions by 2026 through an Affordable California Commission. The goal of the commission shall be to study the causes and effects of the rising cost of living in California and to develop solutions toward making California a more affordable place to live.
"The cost of housing, food, gas, and basic necessities continue to put a financial strain on Californians. We can no longer afford to ignore California's cost of living issues," said Assemblymember Dr. Corey Jackson. "I am committed to working with my colleagues in the Legislature to address the affordability crisis in our State that is making it difficult for Californians to thrive."
AB 11 is the first bill in a package of legislation planned for introduction by Assemblymember Dr. Jackson to tackle the issues of cost of living, poverty, and systemic racism to ensure all Californians can prosper.
This bill would require that the commission be composed of 11 members, including nine members appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the President pro Tempore of the Senate, as provided, and one member each from the Assembly and the Senate, who would serve as ex officio non-voting members. This bill would also require the commission to complete reports describing the commission's findings and recommendations.