SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic weekly address, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) highlights bills passed by the Legislature this week that create jobs by boosting California’s housing and green technology markets. He explains the efforts represent only a down payment on what’s needed to turn the economy around and that the Legislature’s cooperative, bipartisan effort to create jobs continues.
Transcript:Hello, this is Assembly Speaker John Pérez.
This week the Legislature approved two important job creation measures that start putting Californians back to work.
One bill provides a $10,000 tax incentive on the purchase of a new home that will create construction jobs for new homebuilding.
The incentive can also be used by first time homebuyers to purchase pre owned homes, helping our housing market rebound.
The other bill we passed provides a tax credit that helps create new jobs for manufacturing of green technology products.
This investment will help spur development of California’s green economy.
I’m proud we’ve been able to pass these measures that start creating the jobs we need.
However, they represent only a down payment on the policies we need to turn our economy around.
The Legislature will continue to work with Californians throughout the state on creating the jobs we need to get out of this recession.
Cooperation and bi-partisanship, not partisan gridlock, is essential if we’re going to help every Californian succeed.
This is Assembly Speaker John Pérez.
Thanks for listening.
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Pérez Llama a Medidas de Creación de Empleos un Primer Paso en los Esfuerzos para Ayudar a los Trabajadores de California
SACRAMENTO – En el mensaje demócrata semanal, el presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), destaca las medidas aprobadas por la Legislatura durante la semana que tienen por objetivo crear trabajos al impulsar los mercados de la vivienda y tecnología verde. Pérez también resalta que estos esfuerzos representan el primer paso para la recuperación económica y que la cooperación bipartidaria dentro de la Legislatura continuará con la tarea de crear nuevas fuentes de trabajo.
SACRAMENTO – As part of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez’s efforts to create jobs and help homeowners in California, the Assembly today passed legislation to provide $10,000 tax credits to buyers of new and pre-owned homes and to provide a sales tax exemption on the equipment manufacturers buy as they expand green business in California.
“Today, the Legislature approved two important job creation measures that put Californians back to work,” said Speaker Pérez. “One bill will help put construction workers back to work by providing tax incentives to first-time homebuyers, spurring the construction of new homes and the sale of existing housing stocks while the other will spur the development of the green economy by exempting the manufacturing of green technology products from sales tax. These measures will help get Californians working again, but they only represent a down payment of the kinds of job-creation policies the Legislature needs to enact to get California out of this recession.
Here are the links to audio of Speaker Pérez:
Speaker Pérez says that the Assembly passed two proposals that will create jobs for Californians. One of them being a $10,000 tax credit for first time home buyers. mp3
Speaker Pérez says the other measure will help California become a leader in the Green Economy. mp3
Speaker Pérez says that it’s important to look the gas tax swap as job creation product. mp3
Speaker Pérez says that the Governor was very happy with the package that the Assembly put together. mp3
Texas Taxes = $14.33/barrel | California only gets $4.22/barrel
Sacramento - Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) was joined Monday by educators, healthcare providers, nurses, seniors, organized labor, and environmentalists to promote Assembly Bill 1604 – the Oil Industry Fair Share Act. Representatives from the Congress of California Seniors, the California Nurses Association, the California Teachers Association, the California Federation of Teachers, the California School Employees Association, and Environment California, all advocated in support of the oil severance tax.
Currently, according to an analysis by the Board of Equalization, California taxes oil at 1/3 the rate of Texas. Texas’ taxes amount to about $14.33/barrel of oil, and in California the taxes amount to about $4.22/barrel. Nava’s legislation imposes a modest 10% charge on the gross value of each barrel of oil produced in California. This tax will provide approximately $1.5 billion in additional revenue to the California General Fund that can be used for public safety, education, health services, and other vital programs.
“Compared to other states, California oil companies are getting a free ride. California is the only major oil producing state that does not charge a severance tax on oil extraction. It is time to catch up with Alaska, Texas, Alabama, and Arkansas. We need to collect the people’s share of this potential revenue source by getting oil companies to pay their fair share,” said Nava.
Here are links to audio of Assemblymember Nava in English:
Assemblymember Nava says the proposed oil severance tax will raise $1.5 billion in new revenues. mp3
Assemblymember Nava says California is the only oil-producing state in the U.S. that doesn’t levy a severance tax on oil extraction. mp3
Assemblymember Nava says consumers should not see an increase in gas prices as a result of the proposed oil severance tax. mp3
Assemblymember Nava says the public should know who is responsible for keeping common-sense revenues out of state coffers. mp3
Here are links to audio of Assemblymember Nava in Spanish:
El asambleísta Nava dice que la industria del petróleo es la única que obtiene grandes ganancias y por esa razón no necesitan explorar por nuevos yacimientos en las costas de California. mp3
El asambleísta Nava dice que las compañías petroleras se oponen a pagar un impuesto que es justo. mp3
El asambleísta Nava dice que no cree que las compañías petroleras vayan a bajar la producción de gasolina porque la economía de California esta basada en el petróleo. mp3
El asambleísta Nava dice que la gente debe saber que los republicanos no respaldan los programas que ayudan a la comunidad Latina. mp3
Honors Commitment to Bipartisan Solutions; Names Two Republican Committee Chairs
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today announced his Democratic leadership team and unveiled the Assembly’s committee assignments for the remainder of the 2009-2010 Regular Session. Honoring his commitment to encourage bipartisan solutions to the challenges facing California, Pérez appointed Assemblymember Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) to chair the Assembly Committee on Local Government and Assemblymember Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) to chair the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs. The last time a Republican was appointed by a Democratic Speaker to chair an Assembly committee was 2002.
Pérez’s appointments also improve the balance of representation on committees, and Republicans will see a net gain of two committee vice chairmanships. In announcing the appointments Speaker Pérez said:
“When I was sworn-in as Speaker I said we must embrace bipartisan cooperation in order to create jobs, turn the economy around and help solve the many other challenges facing our state. The appointments I’m announcing not only reflect the values of the strong Democratic majority the people of California sent to Sacramento, they also include more representation of Republican points of view. As I pledged, I have appointed two Republican members to chair Assembly committees, and there are also more Republican vice-chairs and greater bipartisan balance on committees. With the difficult tasks before us of creating new jobs and implementing real reform, I want to make sure Assembly Committees maximize the talent and experience of all our members.”
LOS ANGELES – At his community inaugural ceremony today, Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) described the continued economic challenges facing California and announced that as part of the shared sacrifice required to get the state past the recession, he is cutting the Assembly’s budget 15%.
“We have been forced to ask fellow Californians to sacrifice much in the past few years, and the Legislature must share in that sacrifice,” Pérez said. “I believe we must continue to embrace that spirit of shared sacrifice, and to that end, I am directing the Assembly operating budget be cut by 15%. Every dollar we save is a dollar we can use to mitigate further cuts to the state budget. Unfortunately, savings and efficiencies alone will not close this deficit—it is simply too large, and the situation demands a thoughtful, balanced solution.”
Speaker Pérez said his top priority is to get Californians working again and that he would implement innovative ideas around job creation and strategies that promote high-paying, high-skilled jobs that restore the essential middle class.
He also pointed to the importance of bipartisan cooperation to solve the state’s problems and added that he hoped that same kind of cooperation can help pass the sweeping bipartisan reform package just introduced in the Legislature. The reform package will stabilize state finances, increase accountability, enhance public oversight of government operations and make government more effective for the people of California.
Pérez, who was officially sworn-in as Speaker of the Assembly in the State Capitol on March 1, noted that since that time several California communities are pursuing the same type of ban he placed preventing special-interests texting Assemblymembers during votes and committee hearings. “Whether it’s a vote for the budget or any other issue when we cast a vote on the floor or in committee, the people of California will have the last word because of the prohibition I have ordered on text messages from lobbyists while we conduct the people’s business,” Pérez said. “It’s a simple common sense step and it’s already being emulated in communities across the state.”
Participating in the ceremony at the Japanese American Museum were Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, Mayor Ana Rosa Rizo of Maywood, Assemblymember Isadore Hall III (D-Compton), Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Executive Secretary-Treasurer Maria Elena Durazo, Little Tokyo Center Director Bill Watanabe and Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman. The oath of office was administered by the Honorable M.L. Villar, judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Other special guests attending included Congresswoman Judy Chu, Speaker-Emeritus Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) and former Governor Gray Davis. Performances by Los Angeles High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Arts Women’s Chorus and The Franklin High School Marching Band rounded out the program.
Keep California Moving – Fix the Roads Roundtable (Fresno)
Speaker Atkins Joins Business, Labor and Local Leaders to Keep California Moving
Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins discussing California’s transportation issues at Fresno press conference.
FRESNO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins and a large coalition of local government officials, business leaders and transportation advocates today provided an update on the Legislature’s special session on transportation infrastructure. They emphasized the reasons why new infrastructure funding is vital to keep California moving.
“The Central Valley is vital to California’s economy, and fixing our infrastructure is vital to the Central Valley,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “Many Valley communities and businesses are dependent on the lifelines provided by Highway 99 and Highway 5. They need to be kept in good shape. That’s why we are working closely with the state’s local elected officials and business community to ensure we can enact real solutions to the state’s transportation problems in this special session of the Legislature.”
“It’s fundamental that California be able to move goods and people in a modern, efficient way,” said Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., who called for a special session on transportation funding in June. “The problem is clear and we’re going to find the right path forward. The potholes don’t wait, the congestion doesn’t wait.”
A study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute found that peak-commute drivers in Fresno waste 23 hours a year sitting in traffic, resulting in an estimated cost of $495 per driver. More than 75% of motorists in Fresno County drive their own cars instead of taking public transportation, and that takes a heavy toll on the roads.
“Some of the roads in Stanislaus County are literally crumbling under my tires, and the Seventh Street Bridge in Modesto needs basic maintenance so badly it is no longer safe for heavy trucks and busses,” said Vito Chiesa, president of the California State Association of Counties and a Stanislaus County supervisor. “Reforms and accountability measures are needed to ensure taxpayer dollars are going toward transportation, but it is an indisputable fact that we need new revenues to address the severe maintenance backlog of our local streets and roads. I urge lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in Sacramento to find a workable solution. The longer we wait, the more it’s going to cost when we do finally fix our roads.”
Fixing all our roads now would cost more than $100 billion, but waiting 10 years would push the cost to nearly $300 billion. Every dollar invested in transportation infrastructure produces $5.20 in economic benefit, and every $1 billion that gets spent on transportation infrastructure leads to roughly 18,000 jobs.
Darius Assemi, Granville Homes President and CEO and California Transportation Commission Commissioner, added, “We need more revenue along with reforms to ensure Californians’ tax dollars are spent wisely, and solely used for transportation purposes to fix our deteriorating roads.”
Transportation funding has not kept pace with the state’s aging infrastructure. Most of the funding comes from gasoline excise taxes, which have not kept up with inflation. California collects 30 cents per gallon, a value that hasn’t increased in 25 years and, in fact, decreased by 6 cents in July. This means that the purchasing power of today’s excise tax is at an all-time low. Increased fuel-efficiency standards allow cars to travel more miles with less gas, also generating fewer gas-tax dollars to fix the roads.
According to multiple studies in recent years, California faces numerous transportation problems:
California has the second-highest share of roads in “poor condition” in the nation. More than half of our state roads need rehabilitation or pavement maintenance.
Our state has six of the 10 cities with the worst road conditions in the nation.
Nearly 1/3 of our bridges and overpasses show signs of deterioration, or do not meet design standards.
Nearly 70% of California’s urban roads and highways are congested.
Statement from Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego)
“The Governor’s signature is the next step for a prudent and progressive budget that will make California a better place to live, work and play. We are sending more money to schools, helping working families by expanding child care and preschool and establishing a state Earned Income Tax Credit, and we improve higher education funding and financial aid. The budget the Governor signed today makes important investments and pays down debt while adding to state reserves. It is not only a reflection of our state’s economic health, but a plan that will continue to help build California’s fiscal fitness.
“While the budget signed today is clearly the best one we’ve had in years, there is more work to do on Medi-Cal, DDS and infrastructure. Today, I will be appointing the members of the Assembly committees for the special sessions that have been called on health care and infrastructure. Those committees will take the lead in resolving the important issues still before us.”
“It appears the University of California is moving in the right direction to enroll more California students—and that’s great news. When the Assembly conducted our in-depth review of the University of California this year, it was clear that the university can and should do a better job fulfilling its mission to educate California students. That’s why we included an additional $25 million for UC if it enrolls 5,000 more Californians.”
“By expanding public restroom accommodations, people with physical disabilities and their families and friends are given the dignity and comfort to go about their daily lives. These rudimentary human necessities are imperative for the health and well-being of our disabled community.”
“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.”
“I remember the challenges that I had when I was a new mother myself. As a mother I could not imagine what life would be like to not have the opportunity to care and nurture for my own child. It is only right that we give foster youth who are parents the ability to care for their child while maintaining the principals of keeping families together.”
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."