Valerie Jean Mariano Swiderski: Prop. 41 doesn’t pencil out

May 18, 2014 

After reading my Official Voter Information Guide, I am very concerned about Prop. 41. My grandfather was a veteran (WWII, Purple Heart). My father was a vet (Korea). My husband is a vet. My brother will retire from the Army soon. I have a niece and nephews currently serving. I am not anti-military or anti-vet, yet I am voting no on Proposition 41.

Let’s do the math. The number of homeless vets in California is 15,000. The cost of Prop. 41 is $50 million a year for 15 years. That’s $750 million. Divide that by the number of homeless vets, and that’s $50,000 each. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, or even a high school diploma, to see that Prop. 41 is not the answer.

Secondly, California’s current veterans’ housing program operates at no taxpayer cost. Prop. 41 would place the burden on California taxpayers and create a $30 million layer of bureaucracy. I know we love our vets and want them cared for, but we should focus our attention at the federal level to enhance the Veterans Administrations’ care for the psychiatric and housing needs of our all our veterans.



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