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CA State Budget Bills Fund Critical Climate Equity Priorities

With climate disasters in the headlines worldwide, The Greenlining Institute applauded the California State Legislature for passing legislation, SB 155 and SB 170, that provides vital funding to help California’s most underserved communities fight climate change and cope with its increasingly dangerous effects. Earlier this summer, the governor and state legislators passed a budget that […]

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Report: Fintech Lenders – Not Banks – Dominate Mortgage Market, Regulations Must Catch Up

Fintech (financial technology) lenders, referred to officially as nonbanks, now dominate the home mortgage market in California and across the U.S., a new report from The Greenlining Institute finds. But these businesses are not subject to the same rules as banks, meaning their positive potential could be outweighed by risks of discrimination and threats to […]

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New Report: California’s Clean Mobility Programs Can Guide National Efforts

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – As the Biden administration advances ambitious proposals to spur the transition to electric vehicles and promote clean transportation and environmental justice, The Greenlining Institute has released a detailed examination of California’s pioneering programs aimed at similar goals: Clean Mobility Equity: A Playbook. California’s experiences could provide lessons for the rest of the […]

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AB 946 Would Create 23,000 First-Time Homebuyers by Closing Mortgage Interest Deduction Loophole on Second Homes

Oakland, Calif. February 18, 2021 – California’s mortgage interest deduction for second homes has served as a tax break for the wealthy, costing taxpayers $230 million annually while only benefiting less than 3% of California homeowners. AB 946 by Assemblymember Alex Lee (D-San Jose) would end this tax break on what are primarily vacation homes […]

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Greenlining Institute: Newsom Budget Proposal Short-Changes Environmental Equity Programs

OAKLAND, CA, January 8, 2021 – Gov. Newsom’s proposed 2021-22 California budget short-changes programs financed by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund that reduce pollution and boost the economies of underserved communities, The Greenlining Institute said today.  “The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund is meant to cut pollution and greenhouse gases in our must impacted communities,” said […]

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California Black, Latino, Native American borrowers get fewer home mortgages than whites regardless of income, new research shows

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA November 24, 2020 – Black, Latino and Native American borrowers continue to receive far fewer home purchase loans in California than Whites, according to a new analysis of federal home loan data released today by The Greenlining Institute.  “In our society, homeownership remains critical to building wealth and financial stability,” said report author […]

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Greenlining Institute California Proposition Endorsements: YES on Props. 15 & 16, NO on 22

OAKLAND, CA, Sept. 17, 2020 – With California voters facing multiple ballot propositions that will greatly impact the state’s struggle to overcome systemic racism and inequality, The Greenlining Institute has released its endorsements on key California ballot propositions, focusing on those with direct racial equity implications. “There is near-universal recognition that the anti-racist uprisings in […]

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New Report Looks at Life on the Wrong Side of the Digital Divide in the COVID-19 Era

OAKLAND, Calif. June 2, 2020 – With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing school and work online for millions, The Greenlining Institute has released a new report focused on first-hand accounts of life without home internet access. On the Wrong Side of the Digital Divide, largely based on interviews with residents of Fresno and Oakland, also includes […]

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Analysis | De’Zhon Grace, Carolyn Johnson, and Treva Reid: Racial inequality and COVID-19

May 4, 2020 – Both the New York Times and ProPublica have written about the impact of COVID-19, reporting that in states where Black communities make up only a relatively small portion of the population, nearly half — if not majority — of all COVID-19 deaths are members of the Black community. This is largely due to environmental, economic […]

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Greenlining Institute Relieved as Supreme Court Temporarily Stops Census Citizenship Question

OAKLAND, CALIF. June 27, 2019 – The Greenlining Institute expressed relief over today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that at least temporarily delayed the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census. Experts overwhelmingly believe that such a question – which has not been asked since 1950 – would reduce response […]