(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, says he was very pleased with the Governor’s annual State of the State address. “I applaud his comments on our commitment to upholding California’s values and defending its people in the face of uncertainty,” said Assemblymember Medina. “I also support his efforts to build a solid rainy day fund and provide moderate funding increases to all segments of California’s Higher Education system despite a projected budget deficit.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/medina
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) says he was pleased with Governor Jerry Brown’s passionate State of the State address. “I really enjoyed when he talked about infrastructure, bringing together everybody across the table to talk about roads, tunnels but also dams…the water infrastructure,” said Assemblymember Salas. He says he’s looking forward to working with the Governor to address these issue. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/salas
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) says the Governor gave a very passionate speech that hit on all the right points. “He really addressed what California wants,” said Assemblymember Cooper. “to make sure we take care of our citizens, our immigrants and our less fortunate.” Assemblymember Cooper says he’s concern about potential cuts coming from Washington that will hurt Californians. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/cooper
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) says he was pleased with the Governor’s annual address to a joint session of the State Legislature. However, Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas said the Governor should have focused more on affordable housing and homelessness. “That’s what my constituents care about the most,” said Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas. “Our state has a big missing part of all the wonderful things that we do in those particular categories.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/ridley-thomas
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) says the Governor’s annual address to a joint session of the State Legislature presented a great vision for how California can take care of what we need to do. “There’s no challenge that’s facing California that is insurmountable,” said Assemblymember Levine. “We’ve governed California responsibly with regard to budget, with regard to climate change, with investing in education and we’re trying to get investment into our infrastructure.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/levine
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) remarks that the Governor’s annual address to a joint session of the State Legislature was excellent and right on point. “He outlined our core values, which we should be concerned about no matter where you live in California,” Assemblymember Holden said. “I think when you talk about embracing immigrants who are coming here for a new life, for a new opportunity…this is the Golden State.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/holden
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) says she was very happy with the Governor’s “perfect summation” of how California should be an example for the rest of the nation. “The line that really stuck with me from the Governor’s speech was “When we protect and defend California, we defend the United States,” said Assemblymember Friedman. “And I think in California we have a responsibility to lead the nation.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/friedman
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) says he was very impressed with the Governor’s annual speech to a joint session of the State Legislature. “It was full of energy and he really wants to get to work,” said Assemblymember Rodriguez. “But what really got to me was his key phrase about California defending the nation. During these times, we’re going to need that.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/rodriguez
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Timothy Grayson (D-Concord) found Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State address “full of inspiration” and believes the Governor and Assembly Democrats have the same list of priorities. “Transportation needs, housing , jobs, economic development and infrastructure are all top priorities for Assembly Democrats,” said Assemblymember Grayson. “As long as we address these top priorities we’ll be able to continue to build a strong economy.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/grayson
(Sacramento) – La asambleísta Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) dijo que el informe del estado entregado por el gobernador en una sesión conjunta de la Legislatura estatal fue el acertado. La asambleísta Reyes dijo que las metas y planes del gobernador eran similares a los de los asambleístas demócratas, “provengo de un distrito muy pobre y desean ser escuchados. Y lo que he escuchado del gobernador es que él está listo para escuchar a todos los distritos”. Más en este video de Assembly Access. http://www.asmdc.org/reyes
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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."
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