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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Publications: KCRA-TV

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The state budget is due in less than three weeks and lawmakers are still divided over how to balance a $54 billion deficit.

While wearing face masks on Tuesday, lawmakers did something they haven’t done in 25 years: They met in the Assembly chamber as a Committee of the Whole.

The last time they did so was 1995 when Orange County was facing bankruptcy. Today, the issue was California’s record deficit.

“We really wanted to bring everyone together to make sure they got all their questions answered,” said Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting, D-San Francisco.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Publication: Look West Podcast

The World Health Organization and the United Nations have issued warnings of a pending global mental health crisis due to the wide, long-lasting implications of the coronavirus outbreak. Assemblymembers Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Sharon Quirk-Silva, James Ramos, and Phil Ting address the growing needs for mental health during this pandemic and what communities are affected the most. They emphasize these issues and specific ways to take care of our mental health.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Publication: KCBS Radio

As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, KCBS Radio is getting the answers to your questions about the coronavirus pandemic. Every morning at 9:20 a.m. Monday-Friday we're doing an "Ask An Expert" segment with a focus on a different aspect of this situation each day.

Today we’re looking at all things California including the state budget, relief, restrictions and more with Democratic Assemblymember Phil Ting who represents part of San Francisco and San Mateo County.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Publication: Race and the Coronavirus Podcast and Newsletter

Assemblymember Phil Ting is the first guest on the podcast and newsletter called Race and the Coronavirus.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

To keep in touch with constituents, Assemblymember Phil Ting has been holding live Virtual Town Halls. To watch them, please click on the appropriate dates:

Tuesday, May 12: Discussion on Mental Health During COVID-19

Thursday, May 7: Constituents Send in Questions about COVID-19

Thursday, April 30: Discussion about small business resources to help them through COVID-19.

Tuesday, April 28: Constituents Send in Questions about COVID-19

Thursday, April 24: Discussion with SF Unified Board Board Members & Teacher about public education during the Shelter-In-Place Order

Tuesday, April 21: Discussion with economists on our economic recovery after the COVID-19 emergency is over

Tuesday, April 14: Discussion about racism against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 crisis

Thursday, April 9: Discussion with UCSF epidemiologist on COVID-19

Tuesday, April 7: Constituents Send in Questions about COVID-19

Friday, April 3: Constituents Send in Questions about COVID-19

Tuesday, March 31: Constituents Send in Questions about COVID-19

Monday, March 23: Constituents Send in Questions about COVID-19 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

SACRAMENTO — California is facing a deficit of more than $54 billion in its upcoming state budget as tax revenue plummets and the demand for social services soars amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The updated projection, released Thursday by the state Department of Finance, is the latest sign of how badly California’s economy has been battered since the pandemic took hold less than three months ago. Gov. Gavin Newsom said a multibillion-dollar budget reserve would be of some help, but he also pleaded for Washington to come to the state’s rescue with bailout money.

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Assemblyman Phil Ting, a San Francisco Democrat who chairs the Budget Committee, said that while the state will probably try to raise revenue through a vaping tax, deep cuts are inevitable. He said the state should do everything it can to avoid slashing programs that help low-income families, such as food assistance and education.

“It’s devastating because at a time when people need government the most, which is any recession, is also the time when we have limited ability to help,” Ting said.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Publication: CalMatters

Every first of the month, California’s past due rent bill gets bigger. 

As the state enters May sheltering in place for the seventh straight week to stop the spread of COVID-19, nearly 1 in 5 California workers have filed for unemployment, with millions more wondering if their next paycheck will actually materialize. 

A disproportionate share of the abruptly laid-off and underemployed are lower-wage renters, who were already struggling to afford the state’s sky-high housing costs before the pandemic shuttered the restaurants, retail stores and rideshare operations that employed them. 

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Assemblyman Phil Ting, Democrat from San Francisco and chair of the Assembly budget committee, says that some type of general public assistance bond floated on the November ballot could potentially be used to fund additional rental help while buttressing state coffers. But he cautioned the lion’s share of the money would have to come from Washington D.C. 

“It will have to primarily come from the federal government,” said Ting. “They have the ability to borrow money, and we don’t.” 

Billions of dollars from the federal CARES Act headed to California could conceivably be redirected for rental assistance, although experts say more rounds of federal funding will be necessary to meet the need in any meaningful way. Given Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comments on allowing states to pursue bankruptcy in lieu of additional federal support, Ting says he’s unconvinced that funding will be forthcoming. 

“I’m not confident the federal government can do anything at this point,” said Ting

Ting has his own proposal for rental help that doesn’t require a major infusion of state dollars: AB 828 would allow renters facing the prospect of eviction for non-payment of rent to petition the court for a 25% reduction in rent payments for the next year, with the renter making up missed rent in monthly 10% installments. The rent reduction would only proceed if the court determined renters were unable to afford rent because of COVID-19, and small landlords would have an opportunity to demonstrate their own financial hardship resulting from reduced rents.

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