NORTH HOLLYWOOD –Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) gave a keynote address to the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) today highlighting targeted jobs initiatives that will spur private sector job creation as part of the Legislative Democrats’ California Jobs Budget proposal.
“The centerpiece of our proposal is set aside one billion dollars in targeted, private sector job creation programs,” Pérez said. “This is truly the most vital component. The decisions we make this year can wipe out the modest economic gains we’ve seen—or they can help to lay the foundation for a return to future prosperity.”
The California Jobs Budget provides $1 billion for targeted jobs strategies to develop and strengthen California private sector industries, including green and clean tech industries. These investments stand to generate tens of thousands more private sector jobs and strengthen California's economy for a generation. This provides a potential funding source for numerous Democratic and Republican jobs bills that are making their way in both houses of the Legislature this year.
“When we approach the budget, there should be only one calculation we use: will this budget help or hurt our economy?” Pérez said. “Restoring health to our economy has to be the only motivating factor in Sacramento. Putting the 2.3 million unemployed Californians back to work is our paramount task.”
The California Jobs Budget also supports private sector employment by maintaining basic services California workers rely on such as childcare programs funded through CalWORKS and Prop 98. that allow 50,000 small business childcare providers to stay in business and let working parents to go to work and earn a paycheck.
Critical employment services that move people from welfare to work and retrain workers at Community Colleges are also maintained. The California Jobs Budget provides $100 million for a 400% increase for the Economic Development Program, which successfully gets unemployed Californians back to work.
Since becoming Speaker in March, Pérez has supported private sector job growth by moving key bills through the Legislature, including bills he authored to create jobs and help homeowners by providing $10,000 homebuyers tax credits as well as to provide a sales tax exemption on the equipment manufacturers buy as they expand green business in California.
“At the same time we approved the homebuyers tax credit, we also approved a green technology tax exemption,” Pérez said. “This credit exempts the sales tax on the purchase of any equipment used to manufacture green technology. Already we see the benefits of this credit, with Tesla’s announcement that they’d be reopening the NUMMI Plant in Fremont.”
VAN NUYS – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was joined by Assembly Budget Chair Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) and health care administrators and nurses at the One Generation Center in Van Nuys today to highlight how proposed state budget cuts are threatening the jobs of hundreds of thousands of Californians, including thousands of Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) workers who seniors, the disabled and other vulnerable Californians rely on for health and assisted living services.
“Eliminating Adult Day Health Care Centers will actually cost the state more than keeping them open because many of the clients of these centers will be forced into expensive nursing care facilities at a cost borne by the taxpayers,” Pérez said. “Legislative Democrats have included funding for Adult Day Health Care programs in our budget proposal because we recognize the value—in both human and economic terms—of providing that assistance in these difficult times. This is clearly the best approach, and I hope the Governor and Legislative Republicans join us in making the right choice for California’s seniors and working families.”
“The proposed elimination of Adult Day Health Care services epitomizes what is wrong with the Republicans’ approach to the budget. It will lead to greater job losses, foolhardy cost shifting, and a painful human cost to our elderly and disabled adults. When the more than 300 ADHC centers around the state close their doors, many people who rely on these services will end up in nursing homes – at more than quadruple the cost to the state. Our California Jobs Budget is a far better and more humane approach that will preserve jobs and maintain crucial services for those who need them,” said Blumenfield.
“I am here today to deliver a very simple message – budget hard-liners in Sacramento, please leave California’s seniors alone,” said Cástulo de la Rocha, President and CEO of AltaMed Health Services, one of California's largest Adult Day Health Care providers. “Eliminating a program that results in a cost to the state and not a savings, increases the unemployment rolls, and forces California to lose millions in lost wages and lost tax revenues cannot be considered a viable proposal.”
More than 7,600 ADHC workers would lose their jobs as a result of the program’s elimination, resulting in $7.6 million in lost income tax revenue, more than $500,000 in lost sales tax revenue and a $30 million reduction in consumer spending in the first year alone. Additionally, about 2,100 Californians would have to give up their jobs and 6,200 would be forced to reduce their work hours to care for loved ones forced out of ADHC. This would result in $10 to $15 million in income tax revenues and $5 million in sales tax revenues in FY 2010-11.
Eliminating ADHC program would force 39,000 fixed-income seniors, disabled people and other Californians into more expensive nursing homes and other state-funded means of care. More than 14,000 are projected to be admitted into nursing facilities within the first year at a cost of more than $93.4 million to the state. In addition, some ADHC patients would shift to other Medi-Cal home and community-based services adding $43.4 million to state expenditures for those programs. Almost 1500 individuals with developmental disabilities would be forced into care administered by the Department of Development Services, as required through the Lanterman Act, at a cost of more than $14.6 million to the state in FY 2011.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement after today’s court decision on the Governor’s order to reduce state employee pay to federal minimum wage:
“Let’s be clear: the Governor’s minimum wage order is nothing more than a political stunt that will not save the state a single penny. I find it shocking that the Governor is deliberately causing real suffering in an attempt to force the Legislature to pass his job-killing budget. The Governor shouldn't be playing political games to distract from the fact that his budget will devastate California’s recovery and wipe out 430,000 jobs.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement today regarding the Governor ordering that state employees be paid the federal minimum wage:
“I’m deeply disappointed in the Governor’s actions today. This is not a realistic proposal to save the state cash any more than his budget plan, which kills 430,000 jobs, is a realistic proposal to close our deficit. Using working families as leverage is not the kind of leadership we need to get through this budget process.”
Thousands of Local Jobs saved in Assembly Democrats’ Budget Proposal
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums at the State Capitol today to highlight support among California cities for protecting the jobs of local police, firefighters, teachers and private sector employees in the state budget. The Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget saves and protects 465,000 California jobs.
“Assembly Democrats have put forward a serious, creative proposal to save and create 465,000 jobs at the local level,” Pérez said. “Cities shouldn't have to lay off cops and firefighters to balance their budgets, and the California Jobs Budget does right by California's cities and schools.”
“The California Jobs Budget is the best possible resolution for both the city and the state in these unprecedented economic times,” Villaraigosa said. “It will repay the City of Los Angeles $24 million dollars that will be used to increase public safety efforts, improve education and expand job creation.”
“It is imperative that we face these tough fiscal challenges without compromising the health and safety of our families and communities,” Dellums said. “The California Jobs Budget proposal works to maintain essential healthcare services and increases opportunities for job training and retention which are vitally important to the quality of life of our residents in the City of Oakland.”
Local police, fire, and other critical local jobs are protected by the California Jobs budget by repaying $930 million owed to local governments for past mandates. This funding provides local governments with discretionary funds to assist their budget challenges and avoid layoffs to critical public service jobs.
Local private sector jobs are jumpstarted with the $1 billion fund the California Jobs Budget provides for targeted jobs initiatives. Funding for 50,000 small business childcare providers is maintained so struggling working parents can continue to go to work and earn a paycheck. Also protected from deep cuts or elimination are employment services that draw down federal funds to help 190,000 people find work and contribute to the local economies.
Education’s critical role in local job creation is supported by the $3.8 billion repayment the California Jobs Budget makes to local school districts. The plan protects tens of thousands of jobs for teachers, aides, and counselors by fully funding Proposition 98. Community college job training is expanded, the Governor's UC and CSU fee increases are reduced by 50 percent and higher education is provided the support it needs to help local workforces compete.
Among its $930 million in local government repayments, the California Jobs Budget repays (these figures do not include interest):
The City and County of Los Angeles - $162 million
The City of Oakland and Alameda County - $27 million
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement today regarding the Administration's memo to state agency and department heads regarding minimum wage for state employees:
"I have said consistently that the collective bargaining table is the appropriate and effective venue for the Governor to pursue changes to public employee's benefits and wages, and the agreements he reached earlier prove that point entirely. The Assembly will welcome any agreements he is able to reach with the remaining appropriate entities. In the meantime, our focus will continue to be finding a budget solution that saves and creates hundreds of thousands of jobs, as the Assembly plan does, and addresses the long-term structural deficit in our budget, as the Senate plan does. The millions of Californians who worry about making the mortgage, paying tuition and feeding their families need us to come together and implement real solutions to get Californians working again, and that will remain the focus of the Assembly."
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement regarding today’s release of the budget proposal by Senate Democrats:
“This has been the most open and deliberative budget process in recent memory, and the two plans put forward by the Assembly and Senate reflect the values and priorities of Californians by closing our deficit without ruining the recovery. I am looking forward to working with the Senate to produce a final budget proposal that saves and creates 465,000 jobs and addresses our long-term structural problems.”
LOS ANGELES – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Education Chair Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) were joined by Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Monica Garcia, California Teachers Association President David A. Sanchez and California Parent Teachers Association Vice President Suzan Solomon today to announce that over 35,000 education jobs will be saved as part of the effort to save and create hundreds of thousands of jobs and close the budget deficit under the Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget proposal.
“Our long term growth directly depends on having an exceptionally well-educated work force,” Pérez said. “More than 35,000 education jobs are threatened by layoffs right now—including 26,000 teachers. The California Jobs Budget protects those jobs by fully funding education and repaying local school districts.”
“School districts in California are closing schools, shortening the school year, shutting down libraries, eliminating arts classes and team sports, and delaying the purchase of new textbooks all because of $6 billion in cuts to education spending,” Brownley said. “Thousands of school employees are being laid off. How many more sacrifices are we willing to make to our children’s future? The Assembly’s budget plan will stop this massacre before it turns our children’s dreams to nightmares.”
“LAUSD is facing devastating budget cuts and layoffs of thousands of hardworking counselors, teachers, nurses, clerical workers, and maintenance workers. Our schools will suffer, and our students will pay the price,” said Garcia. “I want to thank Speaker Pérez and his colleagues in the Assembly for facing down this crisis with a sound plan that saves jobs, protects the classroom, and reinvests in our kids, our economy, and our future.”
By securing $54 billion for California schools, the California Jobs Budget provides the funding Californians guaranteed for schools when they passed Proposition 98 in 1988. A recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows Californians continue to support education, with over two-thirds wanting new revenues to spare K-12 education from budget cuts.
The California Jobs Budget makes a $3.8 Billion repayment to local school districts. The plan protects tens of thousands of jobs for teachers, aides, and counselors by fully funding Proposition 98 and eliminating portions of the “Education Credit Card” rather than accept the Governor's proposal to cut schools by $2.8 billion, which leads to thousands of lost jobs.
The California Jobs Budget fully funds education and saves or creates more than 465,000 jobs through instituting the same type of oil severance fee that every other state applies to companies that extract oil.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was joined by California child care providers today to discuss how the California Jobs Budget can help 50,000 small business child care providers weather the recession and allow parents to continue working and contributing to the economy.
“If we want to fix the budget and help the economy recover we need to save and create jobs wherever possible,” Pérez said. “Helping small business child care providers keep their doors open -- and helping the parents who depend on them so they can work -- is the common sense approach we take in the California Jobs Budget that should be part of any final answer.”
“We want to be sure every step we take to close the budget deficit is done with a focus on jobs for Californians,” Blumenfield said. “That’s why it’s important for us to protect over 100,000 small business jobs for child care providers and to make sure the parents they serve can also continue to work. Child care is critical to keeping the workforce going in California and the budget needs to reflect that.”
Pérez highlighted the restoration of services the Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget proposal would provide for 50,000 child care small businesses that employ 130,000 child care providers overseeing the health and education of 200,000 children in California. Two child care providers joining the Speaker were Bonnie Kurtz from National Human Development Foundation in Sacramento and Tonia McMillian, who owns her own home child care business in Los Angeles County.
“The state subsidized child care funding we received to run our programs at NHDF not only employs me and our 50 staff members, but also allows the 275 families we serve to go to work every day and earn a living,” said Kurtz.
“Helping families transition into the workforce makes sense for our economy and for the well-being of our children and communities,” said McMillian. “Our budget should be a blueprint for how to lift one another and rebuild this state into a place where we can all thrive.”
The California Jobs Budget would provide $1.9 billion to protect CalWORKS and Proposition 98 child care programs for Californians working and contributing to the state’s economy. This funding would come from the $10.1 billion in Jobs and Economic Security Funds that the California Jobs Budget provides to save and create jobs for Californians by instituting the same type of oil severance fee that every other state applies to companies that extract oil. For more information on the ways the California Jobs Budget will save and create jobs, visit http://www.asmdc.org/issues/budget/.
SACRAMENTO – Student leaders, University of California Board of Regents President Mark Yudof and California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott joined Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Marty Block (D-San Diego) at a State Capitol press conference today to voice their support for higher education provisions in the Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget.
“Educational opportunity is central to creating the kind of quality, high-paying jobs that will lead California back to a strong and lasting economic recovery,” Pérez said. “This is a budget plan that reflects the values of California by protecting education and preserving the pathway to higher education.”
Last week, Pérez unveiled the Assembly Democrats California Jobs Budget. The new proposal solves California’s budget deficit by creating private sector jobs and preventing economically harmful cuts to schools, public safety and the state’s safety net.
The Assembly Democrats protect higher education the in the California Jobs Budget by:
Providing $1 billion to restore recent education cuts
Fully funding the UC and CSU to prevent the devastating economic and jobs impact of decimating higher education
Protecting access to higher education by reducing the Governor’s student fee hike by 50 percent, which will save UC students $628 and CSU students $202
Providing a major increase for community college job training by providing $100 million (400% increase) for the Economic Development Program, which successfully gets unemployed Californians back to work
Maintaining and fully funding the state’s historic Cal Grant that ensures low-to-modest income students and families can access California colleges and universities
“I am here to commend the Speaker and the Assembly for recognizing the importance of public higher education in their version of the 2010-11 budget,” Yudof said. “I remain sensitive to the difficult choices that lie ahead, including the potential impact on the State’s social safety net. But I firmly believe that the investment in higher education at this time is particularly important because UC will help lead the way back economically and will help to ensure that these choices are not as drastic in the future.”
“The Assembly budget plan wisely invests in higher education and California’s workforce,” Scott said. “Supporting education and job training programs will put people back to work quickly and help to accelerate California’s economic recovery.”
“Cal Grants provide education and training for over 303,000 California students enrolled in public and private colleges, universities, and career technical schools,” said Diana Fuentes-Michel, California Student Aid Commission Executive Director. “The Commission is pleased to join with Assembly Speaker John Pérez in solidifying legislative support for Cal Grant funding. Access to an affordable college education is vital to the future economic viability of our state.”
Also attending the press conference to show support for higher education provisions in the California Jobs Budget were:
Ben Quillian, Executive, Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer of the California State University
Roberto Torres, Vice President of the California State Students Association
Reid Milburn, President of the Student Senate of the California Community Colleges
Victor Sanchez, President of the University of California Students Association
Diana Fuentes-Michel, Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission
Karen Humphrey, Executive Director of the California Postsecondary Education Commission
Jonathan Brown, President of the Association of Independent California Colleges & Universities
Erica Romero, Western States Director for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director of the Campaign for College Opportunity
To view the California Jobs Budget proposal, which also includes a $10.1 billion jobs and economic stability fund and revenue from California joining other states in charging oil companies a drilling fee, go to http://www.asmdc.org/issues/budget/ and download the California Jobs Budget Information Kit.
Speaker Pérez Discusses How California Jobs Budget Protects Higher Education
(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was joined at a State Capitol news conference by student leaders, University of California Board of Regents President Mark Yudof, California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott and Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Marty Block (D-San Diego) to voice their support for higher education provisions in the Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget. “Educational opportunity is central to creating the kind of quality, high-paying jobs that will lead California back to a strong and lasting economic recovery,” Pérez said. The Assembly Democrats California Jobs Budget solves California’s budget deficit by creating private sector jobs and preventing economically harmful cuts to schools, public safety and the state’s safety net. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
El Presidente Pérez Discute como el Presupuesto de Trabajos para California Protege a la Educación Superior
(Sacramento) - El Presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) estuvo acompañado en una conferencia de prensa en el Capitolio Estatal por lideres estudiantiles, el presidente de la Universidad de California Mark Yudof, el Asambleísta Marty Block, (D-San Diego) lider del Comite de la Asamblea de Educacion Superior. Todos se unieron para expresar su apoyo a la provisiones en la propuesta presupuestal democrata en la Asamblea para proteger a los colegios y universidades. “ Proveer oportunidades educacionales es algo clave para crear empleos bien pagados y de calidad los cuales pueden ayudar a California a mantenerse firme en el camino de una recuperacion economica fuerte y estable" dijo Pérez. El plan democrata en la asamblea, el Presupuesto de Trabajos para California resuleve el deficit creando empleos en el sector privado y evita recortes a los fondos para la educacion superior, la seguridad publica y programas sociales que ayudan a los mas vulnerables en el estado.
Below are links to audio from today’s event:
Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez’s opening remarks at today’s news conference. (1:53) mp3
Victor Sanchez, President of the University of California Students Association, says students have already suffered through huge fee increases and funding cutbacks. (:08) mp3
Roberto Torres, Vice President of the California State Students Association, says it’s a proven fact that education spending benefits the California economy. (:15) mp3
University of California Board of Regents President Mark Yudof says California will not prosper unless money is invested in higher education. (:15) mp3
California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott says the state’s community colleges need better funding to accommodate all the students who want to attend classes. (:19) mp3
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