2022 California Controller Voter’s Guide: Chen vs. Cohen

Cohen said she would use her office’s auditing powers to determine how the billions of dollars the state is investing in homelessness initiatives are addressing the crisis.

“People see and experience the homelessness crisis wherever you go in the state of California,” Cohen said. “They see taxpayers’ money coming out of their pockets, but the homelessness crisis persists. They see people on the street. I’m just talking about how an audit might help them get answers about these homeless programs that are going on. They’re relatively new and they’re high dollar, and an audit will tell us if we’re doing a good job or a bad job.

Chen also said he would use the audit process to provide transparency on government spending on homelessness, which he said has only gotten worse with more funding.

“The state comptroller is the person responsible for making sure that taxpayers’ money, our money, is spent as we are told,” he said in a video shot near an encampment in Los. Angeles this year. “We need to be accountable for the money we’ve spent on homelessness so we can figure out which programs work and which unfortunately don’t, so we can improve the situation, so we can finally fix this problem. once for all .”

Chen also offered to give ratings to California programs to assess how taxpayers’ money is used.

Los Angeles Times

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