Releases & Statements

Speaker Rendon on Signing of the 2016-17 State Budget

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) issued the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2016-17 state budget:

“The budget the Governor just signed reflects the Assembly’s top priorities, including lifting families out of poverty, increasing access to early childhood education, and making college more accessible for California students. This balanced, on-time budget – which also responsibly grows the state’s rainy day fund – is the result of hundreds of hours of public hearings. That shows the budget process is working and our final product means California is in stronger fiscal shape than we have been for years.”

Website of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon: www.asmdc.org/speaker

Speaker Rendon Statement on Special Address by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) issued the following statement following His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama addressed a joint convention of the California Legislature:

“His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivered an important message that is particularly resonant given our times – education leads to greater compassion, greater compassion leads to inner peace, and inner peace can prevent the problems of our world.”

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Pro Tem de León, Speaker Rendon Statement on Budget Conference Report

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SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement following the passage of the Budget Conference Committee report:

"The Budget Conference Committee’s report is both responsible and visionary. The report reflects many of the Legislature’s top priorities, including reducing poverty, restoring funding for schools and early childhood education, making college more accessible and affordable for California students, increasing the availability of affordable housing, and protecting California’s fiscal future by building up our budget reserves. The budget agreement also includes many elements of the Governor’s May Budget Revision, and we look forward to working with him to finalize another balanced, on time budget by June 15th."​

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Speaker Rendon Announces Assemblymembers to Serve on Budget Conference Committee

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SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today appointed the following members of the Assembly to serve on the Budget Conference Committee:

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair
Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica)
Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego)
Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake)
Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto)

Responsible Budget for a Stronger Middle Class

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(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), Budget Committee Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and the Chairs of the five budget subcommittee met with the media today to discuss the Assembly budget plan developed through dozens of hearings over the past five months.

A summary of the budget plan is attached.

The budget sub-committee chairs are: Budget Sub-Committee #1 on Health and Human Services Chair Tony Thurmond; Budget Sub-Committee #2 on Education Finance Chair Kevin McCarty; Budget Sub-Committee #3 on Natural Resources and Transportation Chair Richard Bloom; Budget Sub-Committee #4 on State Administration Chair Adrin Nazarian; and Budget Sub-Committee #5 on Public Safety Chair Nora Campos

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Assembly Speaker Rendon & Budget Chair Ting Statements on May Budget Revision

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement on the release of the May budget revision:

“The Assembly believes we must protect against future economic downturns so we can avoid potential cuts to schools and other critical programs, as well as tax increases on middle class Californians.

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Arambula Takes Oath to Represent 31st Assembly District

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Local Emergency Room Physician to Focus on Healthcare, Water, Jobs

(SACRAMENTO)—Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) took the oath of office to serve as the Assemblymember of the 31st District today in a brief ceremony on the Floor of the California Assembly.

“It is an honor to represent the Central Valley,” said Dr. Arambula. “I intend to be a true public servant, and listen more than talk. Most importantly, every decision I make will be in light of the needs of the constituents I am so proud to represent.”

“Dr. Arambula has dedicated his life to serving his community – first as an emergency room physician, and now as a member of the Assembly,” said Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount). “Representing a district that shares many of the challenges Dr. Arambula’s constituents face, I know he will be an effective and dedicated advocate for the people of the Valley.”

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Major Paid Family Leave Expansion Signed By Governor

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(Sacramento) – Joined by a diverse coalition of families and advocates, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 908, a measure authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), into law today. Under AB 908, California will lead the nation once again by significantly expanding its Paid Family Leave program (PFL) by increasing wage replacement payments from 55% to 60% - 70%, depending on income level.

“Today marks a significant victory for all Californians,” said Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez. “Paid Family Leave is a lifeline for countless families in our state. However, workers already living paycheck to paycheck on 100 percent of their salary simply could not afford to use a program for 6 weeks at nearly half of their wages. That’s why I authored AB 908, to fix this inequity and ensure all who pay into this vital program can afford to use it, regardless of their income.”

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Speaker Rendon’s Remarks on Minimum Wage Signing

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LOS ANGELES—Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill 3, legislation that will increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Below are Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s (D-Paramount) remarks as prepared for delivery:

I want to thank the Governor, Senator de León, and labor for coming together and finding a solution that, at its heart, shows California at its best – smart, compassionate and bold.

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Statement from Speaker Rendon on Minimum Wage

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Speaker Rendon Leads Historic Minimum Wage Legislation in California

(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly passes Senate Bill 3, historic legislation that would gradually raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2022. Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) spearheaded the effort with his legislative colleagues, which would make California’s minimum wage the highest in the nation “We know that some who work full-time cannot put a roof over their heads or a meal on the table,” said Speaker Rendon. “Today, the California Legislature sent the strong message that if you work full time, your family shouldn’t have to live in poverty. Eight of the nine cities I represent have more than 20% of their residents living in poverty. This bill will change that reality for tens of thousands of families.”

Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear more of Speaker Rendon’s comments on the Assembly Floor regarding SB 3. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker

SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement regarding the minimum wage deal:

"Raising the minimum wage to $15 is a hugely important issue for Assembly Democrats. As Speaker, I want to make sure everyone in our caucus has a chance to weigh in on the proposed agreement.

"For my part, I see a lot of good in the deal. It brings families out of poverty, helps minimum wage workers spend more in their local economies, and it's sensitive to the needs of business and the state budget.

"If we can come together behind this compromise, it will address the need to move to a $15 minimum wage while eliminating the chance that costly or competing campaigns could mean that no increase initiative passes."

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