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EDITORIAL: Endorsements | Gov. Newsom's Proposition 1: Complete coverage of the California mental health measure and our recommendation

Contra Costa Times - 2/26/2024

Feb. 24—California voters are deciding the fate of Proposition 1, Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to reform the state's mental health system.

The measure on the March 5 ballot would authorize the state to borrow $6.4 billion through bonds to fund construction of treatment facilities and homeless housing. Prop 1 would also change the rules for spending billions collected annually from a state income tax on millionaires that voters approved in 2004.

Here's a look at California's history with mental health issues, analysis of the measure, arguments from a supporter and an opponent, and our editorial recommendation on Prop. 1:

* News story: Can a $6.4 billion mental health ballot measure solve California homelessness?

* Walters: Newsom wants to resolve state's long debate over mental health

* Pro: Measure is the best chance in decades to change the system

* Con: Plan will force major cuts in services

* Editorial: Prop. 1 for mental health deserves support

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Click here for a complete list of our election recommendations.

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