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Ting Elected Vice-Chair of the API Caucus

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(Sacramento, CA) – California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) was elected by the members of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus to serve as its Vice-Chair for a two-year term.

“I am so honored to have been chosen for this leadership position,” said Ting. “I became involved in politics over twenty years ago to advocate for the needs of the Asians and Pacific Islanders in California. This cause still motivates and inspires me today. I am eager to use this position to build a larger generation of leaders from our community, to fight for better education, and to confront language access problems that impede the rights of California’s immigrants.”

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Ting Comments On City College Accreditation Ruling

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(Sacramento, CA) – California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement from the Accrediting Commission on Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) that City College of San Francisco will have more time to resolve its accreditation challenges completely.

“We live to fight another day and anxiously await the court’s decision about the commission’s review of City College,” said Ting.  “The college cannot be replaced.  It must now begin a longer and harder path towards accreditation via the restoration process.  Today’s news is another reminder that we must reform the accreditation process so that California’s students can learn from their teachers in peace.”

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Ting Comments on Governor’s Budget Release

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(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, issued the following statement about Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for California released today.  Brown’s proposal is available online at www.ebudget.ca.gov.  Ting’s statement follows.

“It is exciting to see a budget plan molded by aspirations for the future instead of imperatives driven by financial crisis.  A five-year infrastructure investment plan and over $50 billion invested in school funding reforms for high need students will expand opportunity and equality for Californians.  When paired with a substantial investment in sustainable communities and transportation, California is forging a new path for our planet.  My concern is the budget plan is silent on tax reform.  Proposition 30 revenues are phasing out completely in four years at which time the governor has projected a minor deficit.  While that may be resolved through continued economic growth, we must reform our tax code to ensure that the state’s financial future is even more secure.”

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Ting Comments on State of the State Address

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(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State address.

“Years of prudent budgeting, voter-approved tax increases, and an improving economy have given our state unprecedented financial stability.  This frees us to look boldly to the horizon and create a state with more opportunity and equality.  We must ensure that Californians receive the education they need to prosper within an economy more in synch with our planet.  Governor Brown outlined exciting initiatives for higher education, infrastructure investment, and clean energy.  But we cannot responsibly invest in these goals without first securing stable revenues for the state.  With Proposition 30 revenues phasing out in two years, tax reform is vital.  We have a 21st Century economy and it's time our tax laws reflect that reality.”

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Ting named chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation

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(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) was tapped by Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to serve as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation.  A statement from Ting about the appointment follows.

“It’s time to take tax reform off the back burner.  We must adopt forward-looking reforms to ensure that California’s tax policy meets the evolving needs of our people and our economy.  Years of prudent budgeting, voter-approved tax increases and our improving economy have given California unprecedented financial stability.  This is fertile ground for bold actions that both modernize and ensure the fairness of our tax laws.

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Bay Area Lawmakers Act To Prevent Sidewalk Tolls On The Golden Gate Bridge

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(San Francisco, CA) – Flanked by supporters at Crissy Field, Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) and Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) announced legislation to prevent the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District from assessing a sidewalk toll on pedestrians and cyclists crossing the bridge.

Last month, the District’s Board of Directors voted to study the imposition of a sidewalk toll for pedestrians and cyclists in the context of its 45-point plan to eliminate a projected $32.9 million cumulative operating deficit over the next five years.  If ultimately approved under the plan, sidewalk tolls would begin in July 2017 – making the Golden Gate Bridge the only contiguous bridge in the United States with such a toll.

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Ting Comments On UC Regents Vote To Raise Student Tuition

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement in response to today’s vote by the Board of Regents for the University of California (UC) to raise tuition by up to 28% over the next five years.  Ting’s statement follows.

“The Regents just thumbed their noses at everyone.  Today’s vote is profoundly disappointing because it needlessly injects an adversarial tone into our aspirations for the future of higher education.  Picking a fight with students, the Legislature and the Governor was a choice and a bad one at that.  With alternative plans for UC funding and reforms available, these fee increases are unnecessary and I oppose them.”

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Ting Comments On UC Proposal For Student Fee Increases

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement in response to the five-year financial plan released today by the University of California Board of Regents featuring the threat of annual student fee increases for five years.  Ting’s statement follows.

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Ting Announces Reforms Based On City College Trial To Protect Education Funds

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(San Francisco, CA) - Flanked by faculty and students from City College of San Francisco (CCSF), Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced that he will push reforms to prohibit the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) from charging community colleges additional fees in order to finance its growing legal bills.

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