Gov. Newsom’s multi-pronged approach to housing shortage includes incentives, penalties

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In this 2016 photo, then-Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses California Apartment Association leaders at a dinner in Sacramento.

California’s new governor is taking a multi-pronged approach to the state’s housing crisis that would remove barriers to construction, add financial incentives for cities and counties to build, and bring heftier penalties to those that don’t build their fair share.

In total, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget includes $7.7 billion across multiple departments and programs to address housing and homelessness issues across the state.

To put a dent in California’s housing shortage, here are three highlights from Newsom’s budget:

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