News Release
For Immediate Release
March 8, 2022
NR 22-02
Contact: Regina Evans

Statement of Board of Equalization Chair Malia M. Cohen on the 2022 State of the State

Sacramento – California State Board of Equalization Chair Malia M. Cohen issued the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom's State of the State address today:

“Today, Governor Newsom reminded us of the strength and resilience of Californians, and how much we have overcome together in the last two years. I am encouraged by the Governor's commitment to addressing the housing crisis. As Chair of the Board of Equalization, I look forward to partnering with the Governor and the Legislature to alleviate the housing shortage in California. By addressing housing development and affordability, we can provide equitable solutions for all Californians.

Governor Newsom offers compassion in difficult times and prudent investments that will build a better California.”

State Board of Equalization Chair Malia M. Cohen represents nearly 10 million constituents residing in 23 counties in Northern and Central California, extending from Del Norte County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the south. Board Chair Cohen is the youngest Constitutional Officer serving in California.

The Board of Equalization is California's statewide elected tax board. Its five members include four members elected in districts, and the State Controller. Under its constitutional mandate, the BOE oversees the assessment practices of the state's 58 county assessors, who are charged with establishing values for approximately 13.6 million assessments each year. In addition, the BOE assesses the property of regulated railroads and specific public utilities, and is responsible for the alcoholic beverage tax and tax on insurers.

Note: This news release may discuss complex tax laws and concepts. It may not address every situation and is not considered written advice. Changes in law or regulations may have occurred since the time this news release was written. If there is a conflict between the text of this news release and the law, decisions will be based upon the law and not this news release.