SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) received several influential committee assignments by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). Medina was appointed as the Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee. He also serves on the Accountability and Administrative Review Committee as well as the committees on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media, Transportation, and Water, Parks and Wildlife.
“I am honored to serve on the committees appointed to me by Speaker Atkins as they align closely with the priorities in my district and my background,” Medina said. “I’m especially proud to chair the Assembly Higher Education Committee and address the diverse needs of students and their families. Goods movement and a strong transportation network are essential to the continued vitality of the Inland Empire.”
LOS ANGELES– Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria), immediate past Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, co-hosted a Legislative Roundtable discussion on sexual assault at UCLA.
Three Democrats from Riverside or San Bernardino counties are among those appointed to lead Assembly committees in assignments announced Wednesday.
Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, will chair the Higher Education committee. "As a former teacher and community college trustee for over three decades, I am familiar with the diverse needs of students and their families," he said in a news release.
"I support Madame Speaker Atkins' plan to help fund the university system and look forward to working with my colleagues to develop alternatives to mitigate future fee increases."
Expanding Educational Access is A Legislative Priority
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) was appointed by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) to Chair the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. Mr. Medina will remain a member of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy, which he previously chaired.
SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement today regarding the proposed tuition hikes at the University of California:
“I am troubled by the recent proposal to increase tuition across all University of California campuses,” said Assemblymember Medina, Chair of the Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee. “As a UC alumnus, I understand the importance of continuing to improve access and affordability in higher education. I fully support Speaker Atkins proposal to reject fee increases for California students and increase state funds for higher education. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the Legislature and the Governor to improve higher education for years to come.”
Assemblymember Medina proudly represents California’s 61st Assembly District, which consists of Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris.
State Legislators Tour Wholesale Vehicle Auction to Understand Business, Local Economic Value
RIVERSIDE– To demonstrate the economic value that wholesale vehicle auctions provide to the local economy, Manheim hosted an auction visit and tour of Manheim Riverside for Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Manheim Riverside was established in 1988 and is part of Manheim, the leading provider of vehicle remarketing services.
“State-of-the-art facilities, such as the one Manheim operates here in the district, are a beacon to the local economy,” Assemblymember Medina said. “Employing and providing hundreds of workers with 21st century training not only helps advance the purchasing power for themselves and their families, but positively impacts the economic vitality of the region as a whole.”
Award will Bring Additional Services to Small Businesses
RIVERSIDE—Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement today regarding the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development’s (GO-Biz) allocation of $2 million to the California Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), in order to enhance opportunities for growth and access to capital for small businesses.
“SBDC’s have been leaders in providing small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools necessary to become successful in today’s challenging economic climate,” said Assemblymember Medina, Chair of the Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee. “The allocation of $2 million is an important step forward in ensuring local SBDCs receive the money they need to continue to be the state’s economic drivers.”
Since being elected to office, Medina has continued to build and maintain ongoing relationships with GO-Biz and the SBDCs, understanding the immense impact they have on the vitality of small business development in the district and California overall.
Assemblymember Medina has hosted various small business resource events, which featured business partners in the community, including representatives from the local SBDC and GO-Biz, to help inform small business owners of the diverse services the state has to offer for small business assistance. These ongoing collaborative efforts help maintain and create policies that advocate for the needs of small businesses.
SACRAMENTO –AB 1399, jointly authored by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella), was vetoed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. AB 1399 would have established a California New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) for the purpose of stimulating economic development and private investment in the lowest-income, underserved communities in California.
“I am very disappointed in the Governor’s veto, which represents the potential loss of over $500 million in private capital for California,” said Medina, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy. “The NMTC program is a proven tool for the lowest income areas nationwide. I look forward to working on and revisiting this very critical issue.”
Helping underserved communities
SACRAMENTO –AB 1399, jointly authored by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella), establishes a state New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program for the purpose of stimulating economic development and private investment in low-income, underserved communities in California.
“Inequality has dramatically increased in the past several decades in California,” said Medina, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy. “This economic disparity has social and economic consequences in the state and directly challenges the state's global competitiveness and long-term success. The California New Markets Tax Credit addresses this challenge using a proven community development model.”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Jose Medina’s (D-Riverside) legislation focused on regulatory reform is heading to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr for signature.
“California must continue to prioritize job creation,” said Medina, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy. “These bills promote businesses and employment opportunities, which in turn continues to build the way toward a strong economy.”
AB 2022 is a measure aimed at stimulating economic growth and employment opportunities in distressed areas throughout California.
AB 2723 addresses small business regulatory reform by taking into account the costs of major regulations on the state’s smallest businesses.
Both bills passed through the general Assembly and are now headed to the Governor.
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