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Speaker Perez Says His Jobs Budget Will Pave the Path to California’s Recovery

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(Los Angeles) – In an appearance on NBC4, California Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) told a live audience how the California Jobs Budget will save or create  more than 400,000 jobs in the Golden State.   The Speaker says the plan focuses on closing the state's budget deficit while protecting jobs and preventing layoffs.  The California Jobs Budget also prevents  the complete elimination of services to California’s most vulnerable citizens, without a broad based tax increase.  Learn more in this Assembly Assets video.

Pro Tem Steinberg, Speaker Pérez Announce Updated Jobs Budget

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) today announced an updated California Jobs Budget proposal to close the state’s budget deficit while protecting jobs and preventing layoffs that would push California’s unemployment above 14 percent. The proposal advanced by Steinberg and Pérez also includes elements to spur the state’s economic recovery and reforms to help prevent future budget problems.

The Democratic Leaders have proposed a budget plan that responsibly reflects the circumstances forced on California by the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The plan closes the deficit, which has been fueled by both the collapse of our economy and by the pre-existing structural deficit which has contributed to California’s budget instability for decades. The Jobs Budget reflects a central commitment to saving and creating jobs while implementing responsible, targeted cuts totaling $8 billion that do not put California’s economic recovery in jeopardy. In contrast, the Republican Plan will unapologetically ruin California’s recovery by eliminating 430,000 jobs and stop five billion federal dollars from flowing into our economy.

After meeting with small business leaders to discuss portions of the plan that benefit small businesses, Steinberg and Pérez met with reporters to lay out how the plan supports long term growth and stability for California.

“This is a plan that every member can and should support,” Pérez said. “It reflects the core values of Californians and makes decisions that will help, rather than hurt our economy. It keeps 430,000 teachers, cops, firefighters and small business owners working, and will help small businesses create more jobs. It restores cuts the Governor’s budget made to education, closes costly loopholes and doesn’t impose broad-based taxes on Californians.”

“This is not a budget to celebrate, it is a budget of necessity,” Steinberg said. “It is a proposal that reflects our difficult economic times, and counts on all Californians to come together in a collective effort to weather this recession and spur our economic recovery. Our proposal makes more than $8 billion in painful cuts, including to public education; but rejects the Governor’s gratuitous cuts that would devastate our economy, our people, and eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs. It will help jumpstart our economy by permanently cutting the state sales tax nearly in half, but raises new revenue to ensure our children receive a quality education and our people have a decent quality of life. This is a responsible, balanced, and fair proposal that should be implemented, and quickly.”

The Jobs Budget focuses on preventing layoffs, spurring the economic recovery and instituting reforms to help prevent future budget problems.


The plan prevents 430,000 layoffs by:

  • Protecting the jobs of over 35,000 teachers and other school employees, many of whom have already received pink slips
  • Protects childcare programs that allow working parents to remain in the workforce and keep over 50,000 child care providers in business and their employees earning paychecks
  • Making repayments to local governments that will help them avoid cutting as many as 20,000 critical public service jobs
  • Maintains healthcare spending and safety net federal funds that together saves over 300,000 jobs
  • Maintains some safety net to make sure California isn’t the only state in the nation without a welfare-to-work program

The plan spurs the economic recovery by:

  • Providing $300 million for targeted programs that will create thousands to high-paying, private sector jobs
  • Rejecting $3.4 billion in education cuts the governor has proposed, because a well-educated workforce is vital to the recovery
  • Restoring cuts to the UC and CSU systems to maintain the world class university system at the heart of California’s innovative economy
  • Providing full funding for Community Colleges and doubling funding for the Economic Development program that trains tens of thousands of unemployed Californians for new opportunities

The plan helps prevent future budget problems by:

  • Cutting state administration staffing funds and overhead by 5% to save $700 million
  • Cutting taxes for all California income levels by dramatically reducing the sales tax and while increases taxes that can be federally deducted; these changes provide net tax relief to all income groups
  • Accelerating repayments to school districts and local governments, allowing them to avoid laying off teachers, cops and firefighters while simultaneously reducing the state’s long-term debt
  • Providing a real reserve of $550 million
  • Improving public safety by shifting certain costs to local governments, and providing a dollar for dollar increase to local governments to cover the costs
  • Bringing in $4.1 billion federal matching funds to California by rejecting Governor’s health care and safety net cuts that leave federal money on the table
  • Closing the Oil Drilling Loophole, delaying new corporate tax breaks and dedicating new revenues to restructuring proposals and job protection efforts
  • Minimizing one-time solutions and providing ongoing revenues or future adjustments to protect against any negative impact of one-time solutions
  • Avoiding cuts that will harm the economy and result in next year’s problem being much worse

Pérez and Steinberg emphasized that the updated Jobs Budget proposal, which includes previously debated provisions of Assembly and Senate budget proposals, will receive a public vetting before being voted on by the legislature.

Speaker Pérez Announces Updated Jobs Budget

(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) have presented an updated California Jobs Budget proposal to close the state’s budget deficit while protecting jobs and preventing layoffs that would push California’s unemployment above 14 percent. The Jobs Budget reflects a central commitment to saving and creating jobs while implementing responsible, targeted cuts totaling $8 billion that do not put California’s economic recovery in jeopardy. In contrast, the Republican Plan will unapologetically ruin California’s recovery by eliminating 430,000 jobs and stop five billion federal dollars from flowing into our economy. Learn more in this Assembly Access video.

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Below are links to audio from today's event.

Assembly Speaker John Pérez’s opening remarks at today’s news conference. (6:32) mp3

Assembly Speaker Pérez says the California Jobs Budget will produce a net decrease in tax obligations and produce additional revenues for the state. mp3

Assembly Speaker Pérez says the California Jobs Budget focuses on job creation and retention. mp3

Assembly Speaker Pérez says legislative republicans are ignoring the needs of Californians. mp3

Assembly Speaker Pérez says the California Jobs Budget reflects the urgent needs of everyday Californians. mp3

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (Pérez) (916) 319-2408
CONTACT: Alicia Trost (Steinberg) (916) 651-4188

Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker
Website for President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg: http://dist06.casen.govoffice.com/

Speaker Pérez Provides Update on Efforts to Produce Responsible Budget that Saves Jobs

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SACRAMENTOAssembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) met with reporters at the State Capitol today to provide an update on efforts to craft a responsible budget agreement that saves 430,000 jobs for Californians.

“Leadership has been meeting continuously, and while we have not reached a complete resolution, I believe these meetings have been productive in illustrating the $11 billion in solutions that everyone—Democrats, Republicans and the Governor—have already agreed to,” Pérez said. “We are committed to finding a solution that will close our deficit without costing 430,000 Californians their jobs. We know the only long-term solution to our economic or budget problems is through creating quality, high-paying jobs that will put 2.3 million Californians back to work.”

With the Budget Conference Committee and leadership negotiations having produced broadly-supported solutions to close a majority of the deficit, Pérez is hopeful a resolution can be reached on a final budget agreement.

“Given the scope of the problem we are trying to address, we clearly need to be creative in finding budget solutions that close the deficit and protect jobs,” Pérez said. “This is especially true on the revenue side of the equation where we clearly need to bring more revenues into the general fund, but to do so in a way that benefits the economy. I am optimistic that we can find that happy medium, and remain committed to working with the members of the Legislature to find that creative, balanced approach. Discussions are ongoing, and I am hopeful that we can reach a resolution on the remaining $7 billion of the deficit.”

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker

Speaker Pérez: Producing a Responsible Budget That Saves Jobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) met with reporters at the State Capitol to provide an update on efforts to craft a responsible budget agreement that saves 430,000 jobs for Californians. “Leadership has been meeting continuously, and while we have not reached a complete resolution, I believe these meetings have been productive in illustrating the $11 billion in solutions that everyone—Democrats, Republicans and the Governor—have already agreed to,” Pérez said. Here’s the latest from Speaker Pérez in this Assembly Access video.

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Speaker Pérez Briefs Mayors on Benefits of California Jobs Budget

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Legislative Democrats Oppose Governor’s Budget that Kills Jobs, Hurts Communities

LOS ANGELES - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today met with several mayors of Southern California communities to stress how the California Jobs Budget proposed by Legislative Democrats will prevent thousands of harmful layoffs in cities throughout the state.  Pérez also highlighted the almost $1 billion in funds the California Jobs Budget will repay to local governments for prior mandates the state left unfunded.

“Cities and counties throughout California are struggling with their own budget deficits stemming from the global recession,” Pérez said.  “Democrats in the legislature are backing a state budget that saves and creates 460,000 jobs in local communities and we repay cities almost one billion dollars.  This is a creative, balanced budget proposal that reflects California’s values and protects priorities like education and public safety.”

Community leaders meeting with Speaker Perez included: South Gate Mayor Greg Martinez; Carson Mayor Jim Dear; El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero; Maywood Mayor Ana Rizo; Culver City Mayor Christopher Armenta; Manhattan Beach Mayor Mitch Ward; Monterey Park Mayor Anthony Wong; Lawndale Mayor Harold Hoffman; La Puente Mayor David Argudo.

In the meeting Speaker Pérez also noted the budget proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger has been estimated to force the layoffs of 430,000 local cops, firefighters, teachers and other critical workers in communities throughout the state.  The Governor’s budget would also increase local government’s expenses for health care, social services and incarceration.

“The Governor’s proposed budget will be a body blow to a fragile economy and would directly threaten the safety of the public,” Pérez said.  “Cities all across California are now in the position of having to lay off cops and firefighters to close their budget deficits.”

The California Jobs Budget also provides $1 billion for targeted jobs strategies to develop and strengthen California private sector industries, including green and clean tech industries.  These investments stand to generate tens of thousands more private sector jobs and strengthen California's economy for a generation.  This provides a potential funding source for numerous Democratic and Republican jobs bills making their way in the Legislature this year.

The California Jobs Budget also supports private sector employment by maintaining basic services California workers rely on such as childcare programs funded through CalWORKS and Proposition 98 that allow 50,000 small business childcare providers to stay in business and let working parents to go to work and earn a paycheck.

Critical employment services that move people from welfare to work and retrain workers at Community Colleges are also maintained.  The California Jobs Budget provides $100 million for a 400% increase for the Economic Development Program, which successfully gets unemployed Californians back to work.

Among its $930 million in local government repayments, the California Jobs Budget repays:

  • The City of Carson - $102,063
  • The City of Culver City - $313,068
  • The City of El Monte - $358,799
  • The City of Lawndale - $168,075
  • The City of La Puente - $169,094
  • The City of Manhattan Beach - $619,452
  • The City of Maywood - $93,426
  • The City of Monterey Park - $397,910
  • The City of South Gate - $422,586
  • Los Angeles County - $138,000,000

(Partial list.  Figures do not include interest).

Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

Speaker Pérez Discusses Targeted Private Sector Jobs Initiatives

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD –Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) gave a keynote address to the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) today highlighting targeted jobs initiatives that will spur private sector job creation as part of the Legislative Democrats’ California Jobs Budget proposal.

“The centerpiece of our proposal is set aside one billion dollars in targeted, private sector job creation programs,” Pérez said. “This is truly the most vital component. The decisions we make this year can wipe out the modest economic gains we’ve seen—or they can help to lay the foundation for a return to future prosperity.”

The California Jobs Budget provides $1 billion for targeted jobs strategies to develop and strengthen California private sector industries, including green and clean tech industries.  These investments stand to generate tens of thousands more private sector jobs and strengthen California's economy for a generation.  This provides a potential funding source for numerous Democratic and Republican jobs bills that are making their way in both houses of the Legislature this year.

“When we approach the budget, there should be only one calculation we use: will this budget help or hurt our economy?” Pérez said. “Restoring health to our economy has to be the only motivating factor in Sacramento. Putting the 2.3 million unemployed Californians back to work is our paramount task.”

The California Jobs Budget also supports private sector employment by maintaining basic services California workers rely on such as childcare programs funded through CalWORKS and Prop 98. that allow 50,000 small business childcare providers to stay in business and let working parents to go to work and earn a paycheck.

Critical employment services that move people from welfare to work and retrain workers at Community Colleges are also maintained.  The California Jobs Budget provides $100 million for a 400% increase for the Economic Development Program, which successfully gets unemployed Californians back to work.

Since becoming Speaker in March, Pérez has supported private sector job growth by moving key bills through the Legislature, including bills he authored to create jobs and help homeowners by providing $10,000 homebuyers tax credits as well as to provide a sales tax exemption on the equipment manufacturers buy as they expand green business in California.

“At the same time we approved the homebuyers tax credit, we also approved a green technology tax exemption,” Pérez said. “This credit exempts the sales tax on the purchase of any equipment used to manufacture green technology. Already we see the benefits of this credit, with Tesla’s announcement that they’d be reopening the NUMMI Plant in Fremont.”

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker

Speaker Pérez: Eliminating Adult Day Health Care Centers Actually Costs State More

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VAN NUYS – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was joined by Assembly Budget Chair Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) and health care administrators and nurses at the One Generation Center in Van Nuys today to highlight how proposed state budget cuts are threatening the jobs of hundreds of thousands of Californians, including thousands of Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) workers who seniors, the disabled and other vulnerable Californians rely on for health and assisted living services.

“Eliminating Adult Day Health Care Centers will actually cost the state more than keeping them open because many of the clients of these centers will be forced into expensive nursing care facilities at a cost borne by the taxpayers,” Pérez said. “Legislative Democrats have included funding for Adult Day Health Care programs in our budget proposal because we recognize the value—in both human and economic terms—of providing that assistance in these difficult times. This is clearly the best approach, and I hope the Governor and Legislative Republicans join us in making the right choice for California’s seniors and working families.”

“The proposed elimination of Adult Day Health Care services epitomizes what is wrong with the Republicans’ approach to the budget.  It will lead to greater job losses, foolhardy cost shifting, and a painful human cost to our elderly and disabled adults. When the more than 300 ADHC centers around the state close their doors, many people who rely on these services will end up in nursing homes – at more than quadruple the cost to the state.  Our California Jobs Budget is a far better and more humane approach that will preserve jobs and maintain crucial services for those who need them,” said Blumenfield.

“I am here today to deliver a very simple message – budget hard-liners in Sacramento, please leave California’s seniors alone,” said Cástulo de la Rocha, President and CEO of AltaMed Health Services, one of California's largest Adult Day Health Care providers.  “Eliminating a program that results in a cost to the state and not a savings, increases the unemployment rolls, and forces California to lose millions in lost wages and lost tax revenues cannot be considered a viable proposal.”

More than 7,600 ADHC workers would lose their jobs as a result of the program’s elimination, resulting in $7.6 million in lost income tax revenue, more than $500,000 in lost sales tax revenue and a $30 million reduction in consumer spending in the first year alone. Additionally, about 2,100 Californians would have to give up their jobs and 6,200 would be forced to reduce their work hours to care for loved ones forced out of ADHC. This would result in $10 to $15 million in income tax revenues and $5 million in sales tax revenues in FY 2010-11.

Eliminating ADHC program would force 39,000 fixed-income seniors, disabled people and other Californians into more expensive nursing homes and other state-funded means of care. More than 14,000 are projected to be admitted into nursing facilities within the first year at a cost of more than $93.4 million to the state. In addition, some ADHC patients would shift to other Medi-Cal home and community-based services adding $43.4 million to state expenditures for those programs. Almost 1500 individuals with developmental disabilities would be forced into care administered by the Department of Development Services, as required through the Lanterman Act, at a cost of more than $14.6 million to the state in FY 2011.

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker

Speaker Pérez Statement on Court Decision Regarding Governor’s Minimum Wage Order

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SACRAMENTOAssembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement after today’s court decision on the Governor’s order to reduce state employee pay to federal minimum wage:

“Let’s be clear: the Governor’s minimum wage order is nothing more than a political stunt that will not save the state a single penny. I find it shocking that the Governor is deliberately causing real suffering in an attempt to force the Legislature to pass his job-killing budget. The Governor shouldn't be playing political games to distract from the fact that his budget will devastate California’s recovery and wipe out 430,000 jobs.”

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker

Speaker Pérez Statement on Governor Ordering State Employees be Paid Federal Minimum Wage

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SACRAMENTOAssembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement today regarding the Governor ordering that state employees be paid the federal minimum wage:

“I’m deeply disappointed in the Governor’s actions today. This is not a realistic proposal to save the state cash any more than his budget plan, which kills 430,000 jobs, is a realistic proposal to close our deficit. Using working families as leverage is not the kind of leadership we need to get through this budget process.”

Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

Speaker Pérez, Mayors Villaraigosa and Dellums Stress Local Benefits from California Jobs Budget

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Thousands of Local Jobs saved in Assembly Democrats’ Budget Proposal

 

 

 

 

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums at the State Capitol today to highlight support among California cities for protecting the jobs of local police, firefighters, teachers and private sector employees in the state budget. The Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget saves and protects 465,000 California jobs.

“Assembly Democrats have put forward a serious, creative proposal to save and create 465,000 jobs at the local level,” Pérez said. “Cities shouldn't have to lay off cops and firefighters to balance their budgets, and the California Jobs Budget does right by California's cities and schools.”

“The California Jobs Budget is the best possible resolution for both the city and the state in these unprecedented economic times,” Villaraigosa said. “It will repay the City of Los Angeles $24 million dollars that will be used to increase public safety efforts, improve education and expand job creation.”

“It is imperative that we face these tough fiscal challenges without compromising the health and safety of our families and communities,” Dellums said. “The California Jobs Budget proposal works to maintain essential healthcare services and increases opportunities for job training and retention which are vitally important to the quality of life of our residents in the City of Oakland.”

Local police, fire, and other critical local jobs are protected by the California Jobs budget by repaying $930 million owed to local governments for past mandates. This funding provides local governments with discretionary funds to assist their budget challenges and avoid layoffs to critical public service jobs.

Local private sector jobs are jumpstarted with the $1 billion fund the California Jobs Budget provides for targeted jobs initiatives. Funding for 50,000 small business childcare providers is maintained so struggling working parents can continue to go to work and earn a paycheck. Also protected from deep cuts or elimination are employment services that draw down federal funds to help 190,000 people find work and contribute to the local economies.

Education’s critical role in local job creation is supported by the $3.8 billion repayment the California Jobs Budget makes to local school districts. The plan protects tens of thousands of jobs for teachers, aides, and counselors by fully funding Proposition 98. Community college job training is expanded, the Governor's UC and CSU fee increases are reduced by 50 percent and higher education is provided the support it needs to help local workforces compete.

Among its $930 million in local government repayments, the California Jobs Budget repays (these figures do not include interest):

  • The City and County of Los Angeles - $162 million
  • The City of Oakland and Alameda County - $27 million

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker

AUDIO

Below are links to audio from today’s event.

Speaker Pérez’s opening remarks at today’s news conference. (2:10)

[/span] [span class=media] Speaker Pérez says budget talks are taking place but he says real budget negotiations require two sides that are BOTH willing to compromise. (:30)
[/span] [span class=media] Speaker Pérez says the recent contracts some state employee groups have agreed to show the collective bargaining process is a viable way to deal with pension reforms. (:20)
[/span] [span class=media] Mayor Villaraigosa says creating a budget that protects jobs should be priority number one. (:11)
[/span] Mayor Dellums says local governments have taken serious hits to their budgets. (:12) {mp3remote}http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/Newsline/Audio/20100628BudgetMayorsDellums1.mp3"> mp3

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Speaker Pérez Statement on Administration Memo Regarding Minimum Wage for State Employees

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement today regarding the Administration's memo to state agency and department heads regarding minimum wage for state employees:

"I have said consistently that the collective bargaining table is the appropriate and effective venue for the Governor to pursue changes to public employee's benefits and wages, and the agreements he reached earlier prove that point entirely. The Assembly will welcome any agreements he is able to reach with the remaining appropriate entities. In the meantime, our focus will continue to be finding a budget solution that saves and creates hundreds of thousands of jobs, as the Assembly plan does, and addresses the long-term structural deficit in our budget, as the Senate plan does. The millions of Californians who worry about making the mortgage, paying tuition and feeding their families need us to come together and implement real solutions to get Californians working again, and that will remain the focus of the Assembly."

Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408