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SACRAMENTO – On Friday, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1308 which would strengthen the state's apprenticeship system by establishing basic, but necessary procedures for the approval of new programs. The bill would clarify that contractors must actually request apprentices before existing programs may be found to lack the capacity or willingness to dispatch them.
“As our infrastructure continues to age, the building and construction trades apprenticeship programs are vital to address the need for a highly skilled workforce for new construction and modernization projects,” said Assemblymember Perea. “AB 1308 would ensure apprenticeship programs are performing at the highest standard.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1265 which will prevent losing a great tool in California - public private partnerships (P3s) for transportation infrastructure. The provision that allows private public partnerships for state roads will sunset in 2017, and AB 1265 will lift the sunset.
“California needs access to every avenue possible to rehabilitate our crumbling roads. Public private partnerships are an asset to California’s infrastructure development system we cannot afford to lose,” said Assemblymember Perea. “AB 1265 will ensure we can continue utilizing P3s.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1176 which would direct a greater portion of funds available under the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Fund and Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology program towards California’s most impacted and disadvantaged communities (DACs). These funds would help facilitate the deployment of low-carbon based fueling infrastructure that demonstrate reasonable and cost-effective GHG reduction strategies that provide residents with immediate benefits in air quality, public health, environment and the local economy.
“It’s important we deploy projects in the communities that are most impacted by pollution and GHG emissions,” said Assemblymember Perea. “Increased funding for these projects ensure our families are breathing cleaner air, and create good paying jobs.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 904 which would increase access to clean vehicles by creating a secondary clean vehicle market place that is more affordable for low income Californians. The bill would incentivize Californians who cannot afford a new vehicle to purchase a clean used vehicle rather than a conventional one.
“AB 904 will give people who are new to the market the ability to purchase a clean vehicle right from the start, and give them the opportunity to create a culture of sustainability in their family,” said Assemblymember Perea. “This bill will allow low to middle income Californians to participate in the clean economy.”
“There are a significant number of electric vehicles leases that will expire in the coming years,” said Seyed Sadredin, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Executive Director/Air Pollution Control Officer. “This bill will provide a mechanism to help deploy these vehicles in disadvantaged communities.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 722 which would help start-up and emerging small businesses gain access to capital. Under this proposed legislation, small businesses would be able to find investors who can provide capital through a process known as crowdfunding to help them grow and create jobs. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet.
“Access to capital is an issue I hear about from small businesses and constituents consistently,” said Assemblymember Perea. “This bill will enable businesses to get the investors they need to jumpstart their businesses and boost our local economies and provide good paying jobs while providing peace of mind for investors.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 31 designating March 18, 2015 as California Agriculture Day. This day has been celebrated in California since 2002 and is a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others from across California gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by California agriculture.
“California has been the leading agricultural state in the nation for over 60 years,” said Assemblymember Perea. “It's important to recognize the socioeconomic benefit agriculture provides to our state, and the public benefit agriculture provides by producing the safest and highest quality food in the world. California Agriculture Day gives us a chance to show off the bounty of California.”
“Ag Day is a great celebration of agriculture at the Capitol. It recognizes our farmers and ranchers for their essential roles in feeding us and providing for us in other important ways,” said Secretary Karen Ross, Department of Food and Agriculture. “It’s also an excellent opportunity for Ag to connect with legislators and the entire Capitol community.”
SACRAMENTO –Today Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 156, which will provide technical assistance to disadvantaged communities (DAC) who are eligible to receive cap-and-trade revenue as directed by Senate Bill (SB) 535. SB 535 directs at least twenty five percent of cap-and-trade revenue to DAC’s. AB 156 will make DAC projects more competitive and assist them in navigating the application process to receive these funds.
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) released the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2015-16 budget:
“While California’s economic outlook has vastly improved over the last few years, it is our responsibility to maintain long term fiscal stability while continuing to stimulate the economy. Governor Brown has proposed a balanced plan for paying down debt, while prioritizing a spending plan in key areas like water infrastructure and climate change that impact all of our communities.”
SACRAMENTO – An Assembly Bill (AB) that would extend tax relief on forgiveness of mortgage debt by conforming California law to federal law was introduced today by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno).
AB 99, will provide continued state income tax relief to borrowers who have had mortgage debt forgiven by their lender before January 1, 2015.
SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, CALSTART honored Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) with their Blue Sky Award. CALSTART is a member organization dedicated to expanding and supporting a clean transportation industry that cleans the air, creates jobs and economic opportunities, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and secures our transportation energy future. The awards recognize outstanding marketplace contributions to the clean transportation industry by companies, organizations and individuals. Members of CALSTART's Board of Directors presented the awards.
Assemblymember Perea was honored with this award as a top policy-maker in recognition of outstanding contributions to advanced sustainable transportation, primarily for authoring Assembly Bill (AB) 8.