Statement by Assemblymember Fox – Drone Testing:
“The state of California is uniquely qualified to be a UAS [(Unmanned Aviation Systems)] test area. In addition to having excellent geographical conditions, we also have controlled air spaces, sparsely populated and safe test zones, and a highly qualified and experienced workforce. Further—this industry will create thousands of jobs—why shouldn’t they be in California?” – Monday, Feb 25, 2013
Statement by Assemblymember Fong – Community Colleges:
"California's Master Plan for Higher Education commits to ensuring access to all students. However, some of our community college campuses have faced difficulties in fulfilling this promise due to accreditation sanctions. AB 1199 will assist these campuses by providing needed financial assistance, should they seek it, to maintain the state's trust with our students of the vision of the Master Plan." – Thursday, Feb 28, 2013
Statement by Assemblymember Salas – Clean Water:
“Having a reliable, clean water source is not an option; it’s a vital necessity to the health, safety and economic growth of our state’s population and economy.” – Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013
Statement by Assemblymember Atkins – Sequestration cuts:
"Californians rightly expect our leaders in Washington to work together to resolve budget disagreements in a way that avoids the indiscriminate sledgehammer approach of sequestration," says Atkins. "Today we have united to send that message to Congress." – Thursday, Feb 28, 2013
Statement by Assemblymember Atkins – CA Coastline/Enviro:
“California's coastline is one of our most precious resources. It provides recreation, jobs, beautiful vistas, a buffer against tides and weather, and is home to a complex ecosystem. It is our responsibility to be good stewards of the coast by providing a workable system for enforcing legal protections against those who would defile it." – Friday, Feb 22, 2013
Statement by Assemblymember Luis Alejo:
"I applaud the Governor for his leadership on reducing the deficit and presenting a new balanced plan as a starting point in this year's budget work. I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and bring the voice of the Central Coast to the table."
Statement by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano:
"The programs suffering new or ongoing cuts include: AIDS Drug Assistance, ongoing cuts to CalWORKS and reductions related to IHSS and Medi-Cal. Prisons, meanwhile, continue to receive a high level of funding."
Statement by Assemblymember Steve Bradford:
"The voters spoke in November by approving Proposition 30, which will add $5.4 billion to close our structural deficit this fiscal year, and Proposition 39, which will add $450 million this year, to promote clean energy job creation and decrease energy use in a cost-efficient manner."
Statement by Assemblymember Cheryl Brown:
"The Governor's budget gives up a blueprint for fiscal responsibility and provides more funding and local control to K-12 and community colleges where the students will reap the benefits."
Statement by Assemblymember Nora Campos:
"As a member of the Budget Committee, I will look to see where there's flexibility in state programs so that we can bring [public safety] resources home to the neighborhoods in San Jose that need them."