LOS ANGELES—Speaker Toni G. Atkins, joined by California Treasurer John Chiang, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Assemblymembers Ed Chau, Jimmy Gomez, and David Chiu, and other business and local leaders, today announced the Assembly Democrats proposal to create more affordable housing in California.
“Housing instability is affecting more people than ever before, including more young people and families,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “To make inroads against California’s housing issues, the Assembly is taking a comprehensive approach to increasing the amount of affordable housing in our state.”
SACRAMENTO — Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins has introduced legislation that would help small businesses cash the research and development tax credits that they are already earning, but have trouble using.
(Sacramento) – Depending on where you drive in California, our state’s crumbling and congested roadways steal as much as 90 hours a year of your time, as you wait in traffic. That’s a quality of life issue that Californians should not have to endure. California State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and the Assembly Democrats have come up with a timely and reasonable plan to fix the Golden State’s freeways, bridges and other transportation infrastructure.
“California cannot have a strong middle class or a thriving economy if our roadways are congested and people and goods cannot move efficiently throughout the state,” said Speaker Atkins. “The Assembly is stepping up and proposing $10 billion for transportation infrastructure… $2 billion per year over the next 5 years… starting in 2015-16.”
Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more about Speaker Atkins’s transportation infrastructure plan and why California needs to get the work started right away.
SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding University of California President Janet Napolitano’s announcement that UC will not implement tuition increases for the upcoming summer session:
“I am pleased President Napolitano is beginning to walk back UC’s reliance on fee increases. With the Assembly beginning our top-to-bottom review of UC’s budget today, I am sure we will be able to identify savings, as well as increased state funding, that will help ensure UC remains a world-class treasure. The Assembly is also committed to capping enrollment for out-of-state students and charging those students a reasonable higher rate to ensure a UC education remains available and affordable for the California students it was built to serve.”
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) provided the opening remarks at today’s Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 hearing, which focused on the University of California’s budget. Last December, Speaker Atkins outlined plans to closely examine UC’s budget to ensure that every dollar appropriated is spent on its intended purpose. UC, Legislative Analyst’s Office, the Department of Finance representatives testified at the hearing, providing an overview on UC expenditures. Students, faculty, and labor representatives also provided their perspectives. Below is the text of Speaker Atkins’ opening remarks to the Committee.
Speaker Atkins remarks to the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 (as prepared):
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) announced her appointment of select committee chairs for the 2015-16 Regular Session. The letter to the Chief Clerk of the Assembly is attached.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today announced her proposal to increase transportation infrastructure funding to improve safety and efficiency on California’s highways, bridges, and roads.
“California cannot have a strong middle class or a thriving economy if our roadways are congested and people and goods cannot move efficiently throughout the state,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “The Assembly is stepping up and proposing $10 billion for transportation infrastructure—$2 billion per year over the next 5 years—starting in 2015-16.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Chancellor Timothy P. White’s remarks about the state of the California State University system:
“The 2025 goals Chancellor White outlined in his State of the CSU address today are an ambitious plan to reduce graduation times and improve outcomes for students—and I think it’s great CSU is committed to achieving those goals without burdening students and their families with additional fee increases. CSU’s plan means California will have 100,000 more degree holders than we would otherwise, and that will be very valuable to our remaining competitive in the global economy. If we are to achieve these goals the State of California must be a strong partner with – and investor in – our systems of higher education.”
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) delivered the keynote address for the 2015 California Women’s Policy Summit at the Convention Center in Sacramento. More than 500 women, and a handful of men, filled the hall to hear Speaker Atkins comment on the issues facing women in California and how those issues fit into the larger picture of state policies. Speaker Atkins praised the work being done at the annual Women’s Policy Summit, “The proposals and action plans developed at this summit will be important tools to make progress on the issues that brought us together today.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Speaker Toni Atkins, District 78
“Small businesses are so important to California’s economy that we need to be creative in helping these job-creators start and succeed.”
Assemblymember Rob Bonta, District 18
“California must lead the way in understanding and improving opportunities for boys and young men of color. The success of our state and nation is inextricably tied to the success of this growing population.”
Assemblymember Richard Gordon, District 24
“The Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of health status. However, many patient groups see their medications which treat their specific condition on the highest-cost tier. These discriminatory benefit designs cannot remain.”
Assemblymember Roger Hernández, District 48
“District-based elections benefit voters by ensuring that every community is represented on their city council. This in turn, makes an equitable distribution of resources more likely. Every voter will know which council member they can petition and hold accountable.”
Assemblymember Jose Medina, District 61
“There are stark disparities in the funding at the most diverse UC campuses; with the highest minority enrollment campuses receiving the least amount of funding. UC Riverside is recognized as serving the most minority students, along with UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz. It is important to find a fairer way to distribute funding within the UC system.”
Assemblymember Shirley Weber, District 79
“This abusive practice of last-minute scheduling hobbles workers who are taking the initiative to support themselves, and requires taxpayer subsidy in the form of greater need for public assistance for those who cannot. These workers need scheduling far enough in advance to work those other jobs, to arrange childcare and transportation, and to pursue education and training.”