Do you support set-asides? Why or why not?
Because of austerity economics and restrictive policies and rulings at the state level, it has been difficult to enact critical funding to serve our working class without meeting a ⅔ threshold set by anti-tax activists across California. We can see this in the legal issues surrounding 2018 Prop C’s funding to serve unhoused and precariously housed San Franciscans.
Budget set-asides are part of the mechanism by which SF voters can enact their will to spend tax money on critical community priorities that they voted for. It is not a perfect process, and can create situations where tax revenue can be diverted. We need a better solution in the long-run, but until we have one, I will not oppose set-asides, especially not in situations where set-asides fund organizations that support working-class and BIPOC communities.