(Sacramento) – Led by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, the State Assembly has approved a new state budget. “This budget is both responsible and visionary,” said Speaker Rendon. “We lift families out of poverty, increase access to Early Childhood Education, and make college more accessible for Californians. We make these investments while ensuring our fiscal stability by growing the state’s Rainy Day Fund. This is a very positive budget – and a very positive step for California.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) and Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) issued the following statements after the Assembly passed the 2016-17 state budget:
“This budget is both responsible and visionary. We lift families out of poverty, increase access to Early Childhood Education, and make college more accessible for Californians. We make these investments while ensuring our fiscal stability by growing the state’s Rainy Day Fund. This is a very positive budget – and a very positive step for California.”
SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement following the passage of the Budget Conference Committee report:
"The Budget Conference Committee’s report is both responsible and visionary. The report reflects many of the Legislature’s top priorities, including reducing poverty, restoring funding for schools and early childhood education, making college more accessible and affordable for California students, increasing the availability of affordable housing, and protecting California’s fiscal future by building up our budget reserves. The budget agreement also includes many elements of the Governor’s May Budget Revision, and we look forward to working with him to finalize another balanced, on time budget by June 15th."
(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), Budget Committee Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and the Chairs of the five budget subcommittee met with the media today to discuss the Assembly budget plan developed through dozens of hearings over the past five months.
The budget sub-committee chairs are: Budget Sub-Committee #1 on Health and Human Services Chair Tony Thurmond; Budget Sub-Committee #2 on Education Finance Chair Kevin McCarty; Budget Sub-Committee #3 on Natural Resources and Transportation Chair Richard Bloom; Budget Sub-Committee #4 on State Administration Chair Adrin Nazarian; and Budget Sub-Committee #5 on Public Safety Chair Nora Campos
(Sacramento) – Slavery still exists in modern-day America. In fact, you may see the victims of this crime without even realizing it. In this public service announcement, California State Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) talks about the issue of human trafficking and urges you to go to his website to learn how you can more easily spot it and report it. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more.
Local Emergency Room Physician to Focus on Healthcare, Water, Jobs
(SACRAMENTO)—Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) took the oath of office to serve as the Assemblymember of the 31st District today in a brief ceremony on the Floor of the California Assembly.
“It is an honor to represent the Central Valley,” said Dr. Arambula. “I intend to be a true public servant, and listen more than talk. Most importantly, every decision I make will be in light of the needs of the constituents I am so proud to represent.”
“Dr. Arambula has dedicated his life to serving his community – first as an emergency room physician, and now as a member of the Assembly,” said Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount). “Representing a district that shares many of the challenges Dr. Arambula’s constituents face, I know he will be an effective and dedicated advocate for the people of the Valley.”
(Sacramento) – Joined by a diverse coalition of families and advocates, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 908, a measure authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), into law today. Under AB 908, California will lead the nation once again by significantly expanding its Paid Family Leave program (PFL) by increasing wage replacement payments from 55% to 60% - 70%, depending on income level.
“Today marks a significant victory for all Californians,” said Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez. “Paid Family Leave is a lifeline for countless families in our state. However, workers already living paycheck to paycheck on 100 percent of their salary simply could not afford to use a program for 6 weeks at nearly half of their wages. That’s why I authored AB 908, to fix this inequity and ensure all who pay into this vital program can afford to use it, regardless of their income.”
(Los Angeles) — California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), Senate President pro Tempore Kevin DeLeon, fellow legislators, and triumphant workers and labor leaders from across California joined Governor Jerry Brown for the signing of Senate Bill 3, legislation that will increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 — the highest in the nation. “It’s a strong statement that in California we believe in keeping our word and honoring our social contract – if you work full time, your family shouldn’t have to live in poverty,” Speaker Rendon said of this historic legislation, which brought a victory in the “Fight for $15” to America’s most populous state. When fully enacted, 86% of Californians will live in counties where the minimum wage places a family of three at or above the Supplemental Poverty Measure. See Speaker Rendon’s full remarks in this Assembly Access video.
“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."