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State of the State’s Majority Called “Dire”

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)

With Brown’s “State of the State” Address Imminent, Greenlining Institute Calls For Bold Leadership

SACRAMENTO – The state of California’s non-white majority is “dire,” according to a new report issued today by The Greenlining Institute. Anticipating Gov. Jerry Brown’s “State of the State” address, to be delivered later today, Greenlining’s report, The State of the Majority, examines the situation of California’s communities of color – the voters responsible for all of Brown’s victory margin – and calls for urgent action.

“The foreclosure crisis and recession that have battered California’s economy have hit communities of color hardest of all,” said Greenlining Institute Executive Director Orson Aguilar. “Instead of managing scarcity and decline, our leaders must take bold action to preserve the California Dream for all.”

The report makes a total of seven recommendations, including:

  • Generate new revenues to protect vital programs. Severe cuts to health, higher education and other programs will cause tremendous harm. California should consider new revenue sources, such as an oil severance tax.
  • Save our homes and save California’s economy. Instead of allowing new waves of foreclosures to devastate more communities, Gov. Brown and Atty. General Kamala Harris must pressure financial institutions to offer loan modifications to the 90 percent of eligible homeowners who haven’t been reached by current programs.
  • Preserve health reform momentum and stop unfair rate increases.Californians are already beginning to benefit from national health insurance reform. Now it’s time to take the next step and pass pending legislation to protect Californians against abusive, job-killing rate increases.

The full State of the Majority report is available online here.


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