AB 101 Moves to Governor Brown’s Desk for Signature
SACRAMENTO - Today AB 101 (J. Pérez and Steinberg), which will help create jobs in California’s child care system and give child care providers and parents a voice to speak up for the children and families they serve, passed in the Assembly after gaining Senate passage yesterday.
"This bill will enable thousands of California working families to stay employed or get back to work by ensuring that California’s child care system is efficient and productive," said Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles). "It’s time that child care providers and parents have a seat at the table when it comes to making choices about their children’s care."
"As a working mother, I know the importance of reliable, quality, and affordable child care. I know first-hand our child care system is a vital part of California’s economic well-being - a crucial support required for our state’s businesses and working families," said Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa). "Unfortunately, it is fragmented and dysfunctional. It forces thousands of child care providers out of business each year and sends tens of thousands of families scrambling to find a reliable, sustainable replacement that - at times - puts their jobs at risk."
40,000 small business owners, mostly women, provide child care in a non-institutional setting yet have no voice in their workplace. They provide loving care for one-third of the more than 850,000 California children in licensed child care. But California’s broken child care system and budget crisis has forced 5,700 licensed child care providers to shut their doors last year alone. Payment for their services is often delayed, reduced or unpaid altogether - even though the banks that hold their mortgages, their utility providers, and other bills won’t wait.
"Child care providers are struggling," said Annie Thomas, a child care provider of 14 years. "But we’re not struggling with the weight of running a business or serving the families whose children we care for. We are struggling with a system that is not accountable. We need a seat at the table."
"Child care workers deserve a place at the table," said Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach). "It's a good way to ensure child care will always get a fair shake."
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on the Assembly’s two-thirds majority passage of Governor Brown’s Jobs First Plan:
“The Assembly took a stand tonight for Californians, making a strong statement in support of tax relief for businesses and working families. With bipartisan support, we eliminated an egregious tax break that allowed out-of-state corporations to benefit from keeping their jobs out of California. By closing that loophole and investing the resulting $1 billion in savings into the state’s economy, we have taken another necessary step to create jobs, and drive economic development for Californians.
“I would like to additionally express my gratitude to all of my Democratic and Republican colleagues who made the decision to vote ‘aye’ based not on partisan rhetoric, but on the needs of their constituents and the people of California.”
AB 101 is a win-win for children, women small business owners and working families who rely on their child care services to pull themselves out of this economic crisis
SACRAMENTO - Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), Chair of the California Legislative Women's Caucus and Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), Vice Chair of the Caucus, today announced the introduction of AB 101 (J. Pérez and Steinberg), which will mend California's broken child care system by giving child care providers and parents a voice to speak up for the children and families they serve. More importantly, this bill will enable thousands of California working families to stay employed or get back to work by ensuring that California's child care system is efficient and productive.
"Our child care system is a vital piece of the economic picture in California, a crucial support for businesses and working families," said Senator Noreen Evans. "But it is fragmented and dysfunctional. It forces thousands of child care providers out of business each year, and sends tens of thousands of families scrambling to find a reliable replacement, at times, putting their jobs at risk."
40,000 small business owners, mostly women, provide child care in a non-institutional setting yet have no voice in their workplace. They provide loving care for one-third of the more than 850,000 California children in licensed child care. But California's broken child care system has forced 5,700 licensed child care providers to shut their doors last year alone. Payment for their services is often delayed, reduced or unpaid altogether - even though the banks that hold their mortgages, their utility providers, and other bills won't wait.
"Child care providers are struggling," said Annie Thomas, a child care provider of 14 years. "But we're not struggling with the weight of running a business or serving the families whose children we care for. We are struggling with a system that is not accountable to anyone and does not feel it has to be. We need a seat at the table, or these problems will never be fixed."
"Now is the time to pass AB 101 and stabilize the child care system California families count on," said Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal. "We cannot continue to disrespect and devalue the voices of the thousands of working families who need child care in order to be able to work nor of the small business owners who provide this vital service. We believe the Legislature and Governor ‘get it' when it comes to ensuring that California families can get back to work."
(Sacramento) - As the last week of the legislative session begins, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), Assembly Majority Leader Charles Calderon (D-Montebello) Assembly Rules Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) joined Bill Dombrowski, President & CEO of the California Retailers Association and other business leaders in urging the Legislature to continue protecting real California jobs and to reject the recent proposal from Amazon that would allow the company a two-year exemption from collecting California sales taxes in exchange for a promise of phantom jobs that are unlikely to materialize.
"This is a matter of simple fairness. Every brick and mortar store in California must collect and pay sales taxes. That means thousands of small businesses, as well as large retailers, are shouldering a burden that online retailers like Amazon have been exempting themselves from, and that's not fair," Speaker Pérez said. "More jobs will ultimately be created in California when we have a tax system that is fairly and uniformly applied to everyone in our state, and we're not going to allow the notion of jobs that may or may not materialize dictate our position on an issue of fundamental fairness to all businesses in California."
"Amazon shouldn't get to end-run the law by cynically promising jobs that aren't going to materialize," Skinner said. "California continues to lose real jobs in small bookstores, large retailers and other stores in our communities. The Amazon proposal doesn't pass the smell test—I call it a sham-azon."
"I've been through quite a few end-of-sessions and one of the oldest tricks in the book is to run out the clock" Calderon said. "Well, we're not going to let online giants run out the clock and we're not going to let them turn back the clock on eFairness and our efforts to stop the loss of 18,000 jobs this year—and tens of thousands more jobs over the next few years."
"What would be the reason to give a multi-billion dollar company like Amazon an exemption from collecting the same taxes that every other California business collects? The Amazon deal offers nothing to the taxpayers of California," Hancock said. "It would create a $150-200 million deficit in the state budget, forcing even more cuts to our schools, public safety and environmental protection." "Amazon's last-minute pledge to create thousands of jobs in California is dubious at best, and looks more like a disingenuous ploy to evade collecting sales taxes like every other retailer in the state," Dombrowski said. "Amazon is an out-of-state company and legislators shouldn't be subsidizing their growth on the backs of California's existing job providers."
A recent study found:
California retail businesses physically based in the state lost $4.1 billion in sales in 2010 to online-only retailers, and by 2015 that number will reach $7.7 billion
Indirect and induced impacts brought by sale losses caused a total of $7.2 billion in lost economic activity in California in 2010. The loss of economic activity in the state can be expected to reach $13.4 billion by 2015.
Total full-time equivalent jobs that are lost to out-of-state, online sales are 18,300 presently and will grow to 34,100 in 2015.
Payroll lost in California equates to $789.3 million presently, growing to $1.6 billion in 2015.
Protecting Real California Jobs and Rejecting Phantom Promises
(Sacramento) - As the last week of the legislative session began, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) joined legislators and business leaders in urging the Legislature to continue protecting real California jobs and to reject the recent proposal from Amazon that would allow the company a two-year exemption from collecting California sales taxes in exchange for a promise of phantom jobs that are unlikely to materialize. “This is a matter of simple fairness. Every brick and mortar store in California must collect and pay sales taxes. That means thousands of small businesses, as well as large retailers, are shouldering a burden that online retailers like Amazon have been exempting themselves from, and that’s not fair.” Speaker Pérez said. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video
Below are links to audio of Speaker Pérez and Assemblymembers Skinner and Calderon:
Opening remarks from Speaker Pérez at today's news conference. (2:16) mp3
Speaker Pérez says requiring Amazon to collect a tax – as all other retailers do – is a matter of fairness. (:18) mp3
Speaker Pérez says Amazon is promising other states the same jobs it's promising to create in California. (:10) mp3
Speaker Pérez says the State Legislature will not sacrifice real jobs for false promises. (:10) mp3
Assemblymember Skinner says all of the other top ten internet retailers in California do collect sales taxes. (:22) mp3
Assemblymember Skinner says the Amazon promises of new jobs are a sham. (:29) mp3
Assemblymember Calderon says a study shows Amazon is actually costing California jobs. (:30) mp3
Assemblymember Calderon says Amazon is playing politics to avoid collecting sales taxes. (:14) mp3
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today announced that two of the most respected environmental groups in California — the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) — have thrown their support behind Farmers Field and Convention Center Project legislation, backing the bill in the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources. The announcement brings new momentum for the downtown project, which stands to create more than 23,000 jobs — including 12,000 full-time jobs during the construction process and 11,000 more permanent jobs at the Convention Center — while delivering the most exciting and environmentally friendly stadium in the United States.
“It was very important to me that this project and our legislation gain the support of such well-respected environmental champions,” Speaker Pérez said. “We have managed to produce a plan to bring economic prosperity and jobs to Los Angeles while maintaining our environmental standards by building one of the most environmentally conscious stadiums in the country.”
“I think this is a great project, it’s in a perfect location, and people will be able to take public transit,” David Pettit, Director of the NRDC’s Southern California Air Quality Project said. “Because of the changes and the hard work with the Speaker’s staff and Senator Padilla, we support this bill.”
“The Speaker’s amendments ensure that mitigation measures for traffic and greenhouse gas pollution are better enforced and the appeals court process is honored,” Warner Chabot, CEO of the CLCV said. “This will allow a stadium project that provides jobs and protects the environment.”
Senate Bill 292, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), includes no exemption from environmental laws while allowing for expedited environmental reviews — ensuring that all potential challenges to the project are heard in a timely basis of 175 days after the release of an environmental impact report. This measure will guarantee environmental standards are met while fast tracking job creation in the community through the construction of a carbon-neutral stadium that will prioritize transit more than any other NFL stadium. The commitment to exceed California’s already rigorous standards demonstrates the project’s efforts to build a more sustainable economy, undercutting the idea that environmental protections cost people their jobs. Additionally, the project will generate over $600 million in total economic activity, raising more than $40 million in city, county and state tax revenues.
The project has gained wide support in Los Angeles, where the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding with AEG last month in order to continue progress made on the proposed project.
Bill Paves the Way for Jobs and Economic Development in Los Angeles Without Compromising Environmental Standards
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) and leaders from both business and labor today to announce new legislation that will help bring a stadium and convention center to downtown Los Angeles, creating more than 23,000 jobs — including 12,000 full-time jobs during the construction process and 11,000 more permanent jobs at the Convention Center — while including some of the strongest environmental and traffic mitigation efforts ever implemented in conjunction with building a stadium.
“I am pleased to join with Senator Padilla to announce legislation that will move the proposed downtown football stadium forward,” Speaker Pérez said. “This is an exceptional project, both in terms of the jobs that it will create, and in its groundbreaking emphasis on building the most environmentally-friendly stadium in the United States. After more than a decade, it’s time for the NFL to return to Los Angeles, and I am excited that our city will be home to the most sustainable stadium in history, paid for without a single taxpayer dollar.”
Senate Bill 292, authored by Senator Padilla, includes no exemption from environmental laws while allowing for expedited environmental reviews — fast tracking job creation in the community while constructing a carbon-neutral stadium that will prioritize transit more than any other NFL stadium. “The building of a new sports arena and convention center is a game changer for the City of Los Angeles, the region and the state. This project will create thousands of construction and permanent jobs and continue the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles,” Senator Padilla said. “Unlike other stadium projects, this one will be built without taxpayer dollars or any public funds and be built to unprecedented environmental standards.”
Pérez, who created an ad hoc group in the Assembly to study the issue, thanked the Assemblymembers who made certain that the environmental and traffic issues associated with the project were addressed.
“I credit the strong efforts of my legislative working group, including Assemblymembers Mike Feuer, Wes Chesbro, Bob Blumenfield, Ricardo Lara, Nora Campos and Steven Bradford on their persistent work to ensure that these concerns are thoroughly addressed.”
The retractable-roof stadium would allow for expansion to 78,000 seats for Super Bowls and Final Fours alike, drawing crowds and business to downtown Los Angeles through a private sector investment of more than $1.3 billion dollars. In addition, the project will generate over $600 million in total economic activity, raising more than $40 million in city, county and state tax revenues.
The project has gained wide support in Los Angeles, where the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding with AEG last month in order to continue progress made on the proposed project.
Close to Half Billion in Tax Exempt Bonds Attract Audit
SACRAMENTO – In case you missed it, the Los Angeles Times recently reported that the Internal Revenue Service is investigating the city of Vernon for $419 million in tax-exempt bonds issued by the city in 2009. The audit marks the third major investigation of the troubled city in the past year:
“Federal law allows local governments to issue tax-exempt bonds for certain types of "qualified purposes," such as major construction projects and infrastructure improvements. The $419 million in bonds Vernon issued in 2009 were used to help pay for a 15-year supply of natural gas the city had acquired three years earlier.
“Perry Israel, a tax attorney based in Sacramento, said the wording of the notification Vernon received from the IRS indicates that it had been targeted by the agency, not selected at random.
“‘These 'red flag' letters are fairly uncommon,’ he said. ‘It means the IRS has been looking at something, and they think there's a significant issue.’”
Vernon, the smallest city in California by population has only 112 residents, virtually all of whom live in heavily subsidized, city owned housing; and are either employed by the city or connected to city officials. News reports have documented the many incidents of corruption in Vernon, including rampant cronyism, illegal uses of public funds, voter fraud, and bloated salaries and pensions, including awarding a Vernon official the largest public pension in the state.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) made the following announcement today regarding his directive to post Assembly expenditures on the Assembly’s website:
“As I have previously announced, I have asked Assembly Rules Chair Nancy Skinner to form a task force to study our options to modernize the Assembly’s records policies. I am eager to receive the results of their work when we reconvene for next year’s legislative session. I have also listened to concerns from members in both parties about the need to modernize how the Assembly maintains and shares information.
“I believe that we can take steps now to increase the accessibility of information as to how the Assembly operates. To that end, I have consulted with Assemblymember Skinner and we have directed the Assembly Rules Committee to begin posting the most up-to-date Assembly expenditures through July on our website. This information will be available on our website beginning at 4 p.m. today, and we will continue to ensure that this public information is made easily accessible to the people of California.”
Bill Package Takes Aim at Spurring Local Job Creation
SACRAMENTO - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) made the following comments regarding Governor Brown's California Jobs First Package; a series of bills that offer over $1 billion a year in tax relief for local businesses, standing to spur job creation throughout the state.
"Supporting California businesses and creating new jobs are critical components to repairing and rebuilding our state's economy.
"This proposal will create in-state manufacturing, while the new hire tax credit will stimulate job growth.
"Democrats in the Legislature fought hard all Spring and Summer to enact the Governor's budget proposals to close the Single Sales Factor loophole and to generate in-state jobs – but the efforts fell short when no Republicans would step forward to support a compromise that would help California businesses. It's time to enact this common-sense plan that puts California's economy and our jobs ahead of out-of-state tax loopholes.
"With the budget actions now behind us, we now have the opportunity to once again push for the Governor's smart jobs proposals without getting bogged down by budget rhetoric and dogma.
"As a result, we will introduce a bill in the Assembly during the extraordinary session, authored by Assemblymember Allen, to renew the Governor's push to close wasteful tax loopholes that send California tax dollars out of state and instead put those tax breaks to a real use creating jobs here in California."
Common Sense Plan to Build California’s Economy
(Sacramento) – California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez joined Governor Jerry Brown, business and labor leaders and other legislators today at a capitol news conference to discuss legislation to adjust the state’s tax laws to build California’s economy and create in-state jobs. At the news conference Speaker Pérez said, ““Democrats in the Legislature fought hard all Spring and Summer to enact the Governor’s budget proposals to close the Single Sales Factor loophole and to generate in-state jobs – but the efforts fell short when no Republicans would step forward to support a compromise that would help California businesses. It’s time to enact this common-sense plan that puts California’s economy and our jobs ahead of out-of-state tax loopholes.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.
Opening remarks from Speaker Pérez at today's job incentive news conference with the Governor. (1:30) mp3
Speaker Pérez says job creation is the number one way to rebuild California's economy. (:08) mp3
Speaker Pérez says the legislation being discussed today will increase in-state manufacturing and in-state jobs. (:07) mp3
Speaker Pérez says adjusting the state's tax code will increase the state's economic stability. (:09) mp3
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement lauding Governor Brown’s Executive Order establishing the California Interagency Council on Veterans — based on Assembly Bill 557, authored by Speaker Pérez with Assemblymembers Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley), Richard Pan (D-Natomas), and Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) — to improve how veterans’ services are coordinated across local, state and federal government:
“I'm very pleased the Governor has created the Interagency Council on Veterans Affairs because one of our most important duties is to keep faith with the men and women who have served the United States in uniform. I introduced legislation to create the Council early this session because we need to do more with less, and by creating this Council, we will bring new focus and new efficiency to provide needed services to California's veterans. I would like to recognize Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Colonel Cook, Vice Chair Dr. Pan, and Assemblymember Perea for coauthoring AB 557 and for their continued leadership on this important issue. I'm very pleased the Governor has taken the proactive step of creating this Council by Executive Order so that it can begin its vital work immediately.”