SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding the 2015-16 state budget agreement:
“Other than the budget the Assembly and Senate passed yesterday, this is the best budget we’ve seen in years. This version of the budget makes some very strong improvements for schools, higher education, child care and Medi-Cal services and creates a state Earned Income Tax Credit. But this is not a return to the bad old days of spending beyond our means. This budget builds total reserves by more than $4.6 billion and pays down $1.9 billion in debts. If revenues grow more in line with the LAO projection than with the Department of Finance numbers that this budget is based on, then reserves will grow even higher. But despite this being such a good budget, we know this is just one step and we have more work to do.”
Speaker Atkins on 2015-16 Budget Agreement
(Sacramento) – Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) joined Governor Brown and Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León for a news conference to announce an agreement on the budget. “This version of the budget makes some very strong improvements for schools, higher education, child care and Medi-Cal services and creates a state Earned Income Tax Credit that will help lift Californians out of poverty,” said Speaker Atkins. “But this is not a return to the bad old days of spending beyond our means. This budget builds total reserves by more than $4.6 billion and pays down $1.9 billion in debts. If revenues grow more in line with the LAO projection than with the Department of Finance numbers that this budget is based on, then reserves will grow even higher.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO—The California State Assembly today passed the fifth consecutive on-time, balanced budget. AB 93, the 2015-16 budget bill, will pay down debt, build reserves and restore funding to schools.
“I want to thank our Budget Chair, Dr. Shirley Weber, our subcommittee chairs, the members of the Budget Committee and our conferees for performing an incredible amount of work, which is shown in the budget we voted on today,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “The stability from the years of hard choices gives us an opportunity that has been rare in recent years – the chance to focus on a budget that builds a stronger and brighter future for the people of California.”
Four budget trailer bills, AB 95, AB 114, AB 116 and AB 119, also passed out of the Legislature and move to the Governor for his signature.
SACRAMENTO – The Conference Committee on the 2015-16 State Budget (AB 93) has completed its work and crafted an on-time, responsible budget that makes targeted new investments to improve California.
The budget approved by Conference Committee reflects Assembly Democrats’ priorities, including reducing poverty, restoring funding for schools and early childhood education, improving higher education funding, improving health care and building reserves, and paying down debt.
(Sacramento) – With the passage of AB 1200, the California Assembly voted in favor of providing transparency on who influences state government spending. Assemblymember Rich Gordon (D- Menlo Park) authored the bill because he believes the public should have the ability to see who, if anyone is attempting to influence the procurement process and the spending of taxpayer dollars. In 2014, the State of California authorized over $11 billion in procurement contracts including spending on computers, vehicles and other items. AB 1200 would expand the definition of lobbying to include governmental procurement, thereby requiring those lobbying on procurement to report this aspect of their business. Learn more in this Assembly Access video.http://www.asmdc.org/gordon
SACRAMENTO—To urge all citizens to join in celebrating the many contributions of women to our military forces, the Assembly today passed Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ ACR 33, which proclaims June 12, 2015 as Women Veterans Day.
“Women are an integral part of our armed services and their contributions to our nation’s defense have often been overlooked,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “Today, California is home to nearly 166,000 women veterans. This population is sure to grow as the many women who currently dedicate themselves in all branches of our armed forces complete their service and return home. It is important that we officially recognize the contributions and the sacrifices of women veterans.”
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) along with his Legislative colleagues held a press conference to re-launch the largest-ever Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color or BMOC. Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer is co-chair of the committee along with Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). Some of the goals of this new and improved committee include building on and implementing the policies and work of previous committees. This BMOC will also focus on housing, home ownership, LGBT issues and among other concerns facing BMOC. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer’s remarks at the press conference.
(Sacramento) –Assembly Bill 622 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) has passed the Assembly on a bipartisan 50-25 vote. AB 622 creates financial and civil penalties for employers who break the law, clarifies the “tentative non-confirmation” notification process for businesses and workers, and creates grounds to prohibit employers from verifying existing workers. “AB 622 is an overdue bill to protect immigrants in California,” Assemblymember Hernández stated. “Under federal regulations E-Verify should not be used on job applicants and existing workers, yet there are virtually no accountability measures or penalties in place for unscrupulous employers who abuse E-Verify.” Learn more about AB 622 in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s May Revise of the 2015-16 state budget:
“The Assembly has made clear our budget priorities include reducing poverty, restoring funding for schools and early childhood education, improving higher education funding, building reserves and paying down debt, and providing a down payment for transportation infrastructure.
SACRAMENTO- The Assembly is introducing
legislation to provide relief for Corinthian College students
facing serious educational and financial setbacks due to the
for-profit college system shutting down earlier this week.
SACRAMENTO-A bill by Speaker Toni G. Atkins to
alleviate California's housing crisis passed the Assembly Housing
and Community Development Committee today. AB 1335, the Building
Homes and Jobs Act, creates a permanent funding source for
“This bill brings California’s election recount process into the 21st century. Elections are a fundamental democratic principle and we must make every effort to ensure their integrity. I believe AB 44, will do just that.”
As Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, I know the importance of college affordability and safety. We must ensure students are provided with safe learning environments. In addition, students need transparency in higher education costs in order to make informed financial decisions for college."
"We know that students in foster care are more likely to achieve their full potential when they are provided services designed to meet their particular needs. It's imperative that foster youth get the support and resources they need to succeed academically."