(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.
(Sacramento, CA) – Immediately after being sworn into his second term of office, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) introduced legislation to block the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District from assessing a sidewalk toll on pedestrians and cyclists crossing the bridge.
(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.
(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.”
(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.
(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.
San Francisco, CA – In a letter released today, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D - San Francisco) urged the Golden Gate Bridge District Board of Directors to reject a proposal to consider charging people to walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. Ting, whose Assembly District encompasses the Golden Gate, said it was a bad idea that should be defeated. A copy of Ting's letter is below.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement about the sale of non-profit hospitals run by the Daughters of Charity to Prime Healthcare. Three of the hospitals in question serve residents of the Bay Area: Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Seton Coastside in Moss Beach, and O’Connor Hospital in San Jose. Ting’s statement follows.
“There are red flags that we will have to monitor to protect the community. The sale of these hospitals comes with a change in mission away from serving working families, which could result in profits having greater priority than people. And, this change comes at a challenging time just as we are getting more Californians enrolled in healthcare through Covered California. The concern may become that residents have coverage but they cannot access healthcare services in Northern San Mateo County. It is getting harder and harder for working people to make a home in the Bay Area. We have seen the housing market drive working families from their homes and I hope this trend is not accelerated by today’s sale.”
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, strengthening minority rights to challenge state and local ballot initiatives that deny their ability to equally impact the political process.
Ting’s Assembly Bill (AB) 2646 extends structural equal protection, a principle established by the United States Supreme Court, to California law. It will enable minorities to challenge discriminatory laws on the basis that they restructure the political process in ways making it inherently more difficult to enact future policy changes on issues of primary concern to them.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, simplifying the Cal Grant application process in order to help thousands of high performing students from low income families receive financial aid for college.
"Today's action restores fairness to our state's largest financial aid program," said Ting."These reforms make it easier for students to apply for aid by streamlining the application process. All qualified students must get the aid and the education they deserve. By making the program operate more efficiently, we can prevent thousands of students from falling through the cracks and take pride in positioning them for greater success in life."