What Members Are Saying

Luis Alejo, District 30

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“In the greatest nation this world has ever seen, no one who works full time and makes an honest living should have to live in poverty. I applaud President Obama for recognizing an opportunity to bring America back to prosperity and I urge Congress to follow in California’s footsteps by giving hard working families a raise.”

Susan Bonilla, District 14

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“I am very pleased that Assemblywoman Toni Atkins will be assuming the role of Speaker of the Assembly later this session. Toni will ably represent the interests of the entire state and will provide effective, collaborative leadership as we continue to strengthen the state of California.”

Mariko Yamada, District 4

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“Ensuring clean and reliable water is important, but it’s time to examine what the State can do to ensure that all populations have fair access to this fundamental resource. Seniors and others on fixed incomes continue to pay more for basic necessities, but unlike food and medication, there are few programs providing relief for large water rate increases.”

Speaker John Pérez - AD 53

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“The Governor reinforced the importance for thoughtful movement forward. The need for us to pay down long term debt and the need for us to build a sustainable rainy day fund that we'd put before the voter.”

Nora Campos - AD 27

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“For too many, jobs are still hard to find and families are still struggling in poverty. We need to make 2014 the year of jobs, and I will do everything I can to urge the governor to make that his top priority.”

Tom Ammiano - AD 17

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I was particularly interested in what the Governor had to say about prisons and realignment. I have been a strong backer of the concept of realignment, including working to protect its gains in committee and on the Assembly floor. However, I also believe we can go much further and make additional progress in this area.

Ken Cooley - AD 8

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“The Governor struck the right tone today, but we have a lot of work ahead to keep California’s economy moving forward. Like Governor Brown, I believe the best way to maintain our stability and provide future opportunities is to pay down our debt, build up our reserves, and invest in jobs, education and local communities.”

Shirley Weber - AD 79

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“I would have loved to hear a little more about poverty because that’s our real challenge. We’re a wealthy state, we have great things happening, we have wonderful universities, but we also have the highest poverty rate of any state and that is going to be a great challenge of how we keep the good things going and bring the bottom up with us.”

Henry T. Perea - AD 31

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“It’s clear Governor Brown has made water a priority, and should be applauded for his emphasis on the need for water storage and providing clean drinking water to disadvantaged communities, both critical to California and the Central Valley.”

Assemblymember Roger Dickinson – District 7

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Assemblymember Roger Dickinson – District 7
“The LAO’s latest Budget Fiscal Outlook, which projects a $5.6 billion reserve at the end of 2014-15 and an operating surplus of $9.6 billion by the end of 2018, is very encouraging news for California. With prudence and strategic expenditures, California will continue to restore cuts made in prior budgets to essential services like education and the courts, and also make necessary improvements to our state infrastructure.”