What Members Are Saying

Statement by Assemblymember Rudy Salas

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Statement by Assemblymember Rudy Salas:

"...I am especially excited about the Governor’s investment in education to fund schools where the dollars are needed the most."

Statement by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner

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Statement by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner:

"I am pleased the Governor has prioritized using funds from Proposition 39, in a way that mirrors my legislation AB 39, so we fund energy efficiency and renewable energy for classrooms and help our schools cut the cost of their utility bills."

Statement by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman

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Statement by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman:

"...The Governor’s commitment to increase investment in education, and to address the greater challenges faced by communities like Stockton, is a good start."

Statement by Assemblymember Norma Torres

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Statement by Assemblymember Norma Torres:

"...I applaud the Governor’s approach and agree that we must live within our means as California’s economy begins to recover."

Statement by Assemblymember Shirley Weber

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Statement by Assemblymember Shirley Weber:

"...I believe this is a budget that protects the very people we are elected to serve: children, students, and working families."

Statement by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski

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Statement by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski:

"...As the third branch of government, our judicial system is part of the hallmark of democracy and should be funded appropriately....When we reduce courthouse hours it negatively impacts the people’s ability to take care of their disputes in a timely way."

Statement by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada

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Statement by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada:

"...We are in an aging society and the cumulative effects of program cuts to services serving impoverished seniors and disabled adults must be integral to the budget discussion."

Statement by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea:

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Statement by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea:

"Water is our most important resource in the Central Valley and there is no doubt we need more and better infrastructure to move water around our state.

With the support of many growers and farming advocates, the California State Legislature approved a bill as part of a bi-partisan effort to move the Water Bond from the November 2012 to the November 2014 ballot to improve its odds of success with voters.”

Assemblymember Henry Perea, The Fresno Bee

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Assemblymember Henry Perea, The Fresno Bee , Op-Ed, May 12, 2011:

“It is simply unacceptable that our state is being held hostage by Republican legislators who refuse to acknowledge or address our ongoing fiscal crisis.

“If we are going to be successful in making sure essential public safety services are being met, we need to resolve our deficit soon and the ball, quite frankly, is in the Republicans' court."

Assemblymember Rich Gordon, Assembly Democratic Radio Address

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Assemblymember Rich Gordon,  Assembly Democratic Radio Address, May 13, 2011:

“At a recent jobs budget summit held in my district, I joined Speaker John Pérez, other Assemblymembers and Silicon Valley tech leaders to discuss the importance of protecting jobs while responsibly closing the budget deficit.

“It became clear throughout our discussions that job creation and the budget are closely linked issues, because we cannot close the book on this recession until Californians have quality, decent jobs.

“The business leaders we spoke with stressed the importance of educating California’s workforce, stressing the need to protect k-12 and higher education as key components of a well-educated, competitive workforce—one that is critical to California’s return to long term economic prosperity.”