Releases & Statements

Statement by Speaker Pérez on Release of Budget Proposal by Senate Democrats

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement regarding today’s release of the budget proposal by Senate Democrats:

“This has been the most open and deliberative budget process in recent memory, and the two plans put forward by the Assembly and Senate reflect the values and priorities of Californians by closing our deficit without ruining the recovery. I am looking forward to working with the Senate to produce a final budget proposal that saves and creates 465,000 jobs and addresses our long-term structural problems.”

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

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy @ (916) 319-2408

Education Coalition Leaders Join Speaker Pérez, Assemblymember Brownley to Unveil Plan to Save 35,000 Education Jobs

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LOS ANGELES – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Education Chair Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) were joined by Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Monica Garcia, California Teachers Association President David A. Sanchez and California Parent Teachers Association Vice President Suzan Solomon today to announce that over 35,000 education jobs will be saved as part of the effort to save and create hundreds of thousands of jobs and close the budget deficit under the Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget proposal.

“Our long term growth directly depends on having an exceptionally well-educated work force,” Pérez said. “More than 35,000 education jobs are threatened by layoffs right now—including 26,000 teachers. The California Jobs Budget protects those jobs by fully funding education and repaying local school districts.”

“School districts in California are closing schools, shortening the school year, shutting down libraries, eliminating arts classes and team sports, and delaying the purchase of new textbooks all because of $6 billion in cuts to education spending,” Brownley said. “Thousands of school employees are being laid off. How many more sacrifices are we willing to make to our children’s future? The Assembly’s budget plan will stop this massacre before it turns our children’s dreams to nightmares.”

“LAUSD is facing devastating budget cuts and layoffs of thousands of hardworking counselors, teachers, nurses, clerical workers, and maintenance workers.  Our schools will suffer, and our students will pay the price,” said Garcia. “I want to thank Speaker Pérez and his colleagues in the Assembly for facing down this crisis with a sound plan that saves jobs, protects the classroom, and reinvests in our kids, our economy, and our future.”

By securing $54 billion for California schools, the California Jobs Budget provides the funding Californians guaranteed for schools when they passed Proposition 98 in 1988.  A recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows Californians continue to support education, with over two-thirds wanting new revenues to spare K-12 education from budget cuts.

The California Jobs Budget makes a $3.8 Billion repayment to local school districts.  The plan protects tens of thousands of jobs for teachers, aides, and counselors by fully funding Proposition 98 and eliminating portions of the “Education Credit Card” rather than accept the Governor's proposal to cut schools by $2.8 billion, which leads to thousands of lost jobs.

The California Jobs Budget fully funds education and saves or creates more than 465,000 jobs through instituting the same type of oil severance fee that every other state applies to companies that extract oil.

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

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

Speaker Pérez: Protecting California’s Working Parents and Child Care Small Businesses Vital to Economic Recovery

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was joined by California child care providers today to discuss how the California Jobs Budget can help 50,000 small business child care providers weather the recession and allow parents to continue working and contributing to the economy.

“If we want to fix the budget and help the economy recover we need to save and create jobs wherever possible,” Pérez said. “Helping small business child care providers keep their doors open -- and helping the parents who depend on them so they can work -- is the common sense approach we take in the California Jobs Budget that should be part of any final answer.”

“We want to be sure every step we take to close the budget deficit is done with a focus on jobs for Californians,” Blumenfield said. “That’s why it’s important for us to protect over 100,000 small business jobs for child care providers and to make sure the parents they serve can also continue to work. Child care is critical to keeping the workforce going in California and the budget needs to reflect that.”

Pérez highlighted the restoration of services the Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget proposal would provide for 50,000 child care small businesses that employ 130,000 child care providers overseeing the health and education of 200,000 children in California. Two child care providers joining the Speaker were Bonnie Kurtz from National Human Development Foundation in Sacramento and Tonia McMillian, who owns her own home child care business in Los Angeles County.

“The state subsidized child care funding we received to run our programs at NHDF not only employs me and our 50 staff members, but also allows the 275 families we serve to go to work every day and earn a living,” said Kurtz.

“Helping families transition into the workforce makes sense for our economy and for the well-being of our children and communities,” said McMillian. “Our budget should be a blueprint for how to lift one another and rebuild this state into a place where we can all thrive.”

The California Jobs Budget would provide $1.9 billion to protect CalWORKS and Proposition 98 child care programs for Californians working and contributing to the state’s economy. This funding would come from the $10.1 billion in Jobs and Economic Security Funds that the California Jobs Budget provides to save and create jobs for Californians by instituting the same type of oil severance fee that every other state applies to companies that extract oil. For more information on the ways the California Jobs Budget will save and create jobs, visit http://www.asmdc.org/issues/budget/.

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

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

Below are links to audio from today's event.

Speaker John A. Pérez's opening remarks at today's news conference. (1:44) mp3

Speaker Pérez says the California Jobs Budget protects funding for child care providers. (:17) mp3

Speaker Pérez says he remains committed to an open budget process and to the ideal of ending up with a good budget.(:24) mp3

Speaker Pérez says delaying the budget over issues unrelated to the state budget would be bad for the state and the economy. (:20) mp3

Child care provider from the Los Angeles area Tonia McMillian says cutting child care funds does not make any sense to her. (:13) mp3

Child care provider from the Los Angeles area Tonia McMillian says cutting funds for child care is a short sighted mistake. (:05) mp3

Assembly Budget Committee Chair Bob Blumenfield says the California Jobs Budget from Assembly Democrats is all about jobs. (:08) mp3

Press Conference Photos

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Speaker Pérez and College Students, Leaders Discuss How California Jobs Budget Protects Higher Education

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SACRAMENTO – Student leaders, University of California Board of Regents President Mark Yudof and California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott joined Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Marty Block (D-San Diego) at a State Capitol press conference today to voice their support for higher education provisions in the Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget.

“Educational opportunity is central to creating the kind of quality, high-paying jobs that will lead California back to a strong and lasting economic recovery,” Pérez said. “This is a budget plan that reflects the values of California by protecting education and preserving the pathway to higher education.”

Last week, Pérez unveiled the Assembly Democrats California Jobs Budget. The new proposal solves California’s budget deficit by creating private sector jobs and preventing economically harmful cuts to schools, public safety and the state’s safety net.

The Assembly Democrats protect higher education the in the California Jobs Budget by:

  • Providing $1 billion to restore recent education cuts
  • Fully funding the UC and CSU to prevent the devastating economic and jobs impact of decimating higher education
  • Protecting access to higher education by reducing the Governor’s student fee hike by 50 percent, which will save UC students $628 and CSU students $202
  • Providing a major increase for community college job training by providing $100 million (400% increase) for the Economic Development Program, which successfully gets unemployed Californians back to work
  • Maintaining and fully funding the state’s historic Cal Grant that ensures low-to-modest income students and families can access California colleges and universities

“I am here to commend the Speaker and the Assembly for recognizing the importance of public higher education in their version of the 2010-11 budget,” Yudof said. “I remain sensitive to the difficult choices that lie ahead, including the potential impact on the State’s social safety net. But I firmly believe that the investment in higher education at this time is particularly important because UC will help lead the way back economically and will help to ensure that these choices are not as drastic in the future.”

“The Assembly budget plan wisely invests in higher education and California’s workforce,” Scott said. “Supporting education and job training programs will put people back to work quickly and help to accelerate California’s economic recovery.”

“Cal Grants provide education and training for over 303,000 California students enrolled in public and private colleges, universities, and career technical schools,” said Diana Fuentes-Michel, California Student Aid Commission Executive Director. “The Commission is pleased to join with Assembly Speaker John Pérez in solidifying legislative support for Cal Grant funding. Access to an affordable college education is vital to the future economic viability of our state.”

Also attending the press conference to show support for higher education provisions in the California Jobs Budget were:

  • Ben Quillian, Executive, Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer of the California State University
  • Roberto Torres, Vice President of the California State Students Association
  • Reid Milburn, President of the Student Senate of the California Community Colleges
  • Victor Sanchez, President of the University of California Students Association
  • Diana Fuentes-Michel, Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission
  • Karen Humphrey, Executive Director of the California Postsecondary Education Commission
  • Jonathan Brown, President of the Association of Independent California Colleges & Universities
  • Erica Romero, Western States Director for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director of the Campaign for College Opportunity

To view the California Jobs Budget proposal, which also includes a $10.1 billion jobs and economic stability fund and revenue from California joining other states in charging oil companies a drilling fee, go to http://www.asmdc.org/issues/budget/ and download the California Jobs Budget Information Kit.

Speaker Pérez Discusses How California Jobs Budget Protects Higher Education

(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was joined at a State Capitol news conference by student leaders, University of California Board of Regents President Mark Yudof, California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott and Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Marty Block (D-San Diego) to voice their support for higher education provisions in the Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget. “Educational opportunity is central to creating the kind of quality, high-paying jobs that will lead California back to a strong and lasting economic recovery,” Pérez said. The Assembly Democrats California Jobs Budget solves California’s budget deficit by creating private sector jobs and preventing economically harmful cuts to schools, public safety and the state’s safety net. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

El Presidente Pérez Discute como el Presupuesto de Trabajos para California Protege a la Educación Superior

(Sacramento) - El Presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) estuvo acompañado en una conferencia de prensa en el Capitolio Estatal por lideres estudiantiles, el presidente de la Universidad de California Mark Yudof, el Asambleísta Marty Block, (D-San Diego) lider del Comite de la Asamblea de Educacion Superior. Todos se unieron para expresar su apoyo a la provisiones en la propuesta presupuestal democrata en la Asamblea para proteger a los colegios y universidades. “ Proveer oportunidades educacionales es algo clave para crear empleos bien pagados y de calidad los cuales pueden ayudar a California a mantenerse firme en el camino de una recuperacion economica fuerte y estable" dijo Pérez. El plan democrata en la asamblea, el Presupuesto de Trabajos para California resuleve el deficit creando empleos en el sector privado y evita recortes a los fondos para la educacion superior, la seguridad publica y programas sociales que ayudan a los mas vulnerables en el estado.

Below are links to audio from today’s event:

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez’s opening remarks at today’s news conference. (1:53) mp3

Victor Sanchez, President of the University of California Students Association, says students have already suffered through huge fee increases and funding cutbacks. (:08) mp3

Roberto Torres, Vice President of the California State Students Association, says it’s a proven fact that education spending benefits the California economy. (:15) mp3

University of California Board of Regents President Mark Yudof says California will not prosper unless money is invested in higher education. (:15) mp3

California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott says the state’s community colleges need better funding to accommodate all the students who want to attend classes. (:19) mp3

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

Photo Gallery

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CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

Speaker Pérez Highlights How California Jobs Budget Supports Local Government in Address to League of California Cities

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SACRAMENTOAssembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) met with representatives from the League of California Cities today to discuss how the Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget Proposal supports the state’s struggling local governments.

“Your cities shouldn’t suffer because the State has forced bailout after bailout on you—and we set aside almost one billion dollars to repay you for that debt,” Pérez said. “We protect teachers, cops and firefighters. We repay schools and local governments for years of unfunded mandates. And we make job creation the central priority for California’s government. I believe this is a plan that does right by our local governments—but I need your help to get it passed. The budget conversation has to happen throughout California—it cannot just take place in Sacramento.”

The California Jobs Budget protects thousands of local police, fire, and other local jobs by repaying nearly $931 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.

The California Jobs Budget makes a $3.8 Billion repayment to local school districts.  The plan protects tens of thousands of jobs for teachers, aides, and counselors by fully funding Proposition 98 and eliminating portions of the “Education Credit Card” rather than accept the Governor's proposal to cut schools by $2.8 billion, which leads to thousands of lost jobs.

By protecting the state’s safety net, the California Jobs Budget also keeps state costs from being pressed onto the backs of struggling local governments.

(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) met with representatives from the League of California Cities today to discuss how the Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget Proposal supports the state’s struggling local governments. “Your cities shouldn’t suffer because the State has forced bailout after bailout on you—and we set aside almost one billion dollars to repay you for that debt,” Pérez said. The California Jobs Budget protects thousands of local police, fire, and other local jobs by repaying nearly $931 million owed to local governments for past mandates. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

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

Speaker Pérez Appoints Members to the Academic Content Standards Commission

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SACRAMENTO - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today announced the appointment of the following members to the Academic Content Standards Commission:

  • Heather Calahan, Lecturer and Executive Director of the Curtis Center for Mathematics and Teaching at UCLA
  • Robert Ellis, a 1st grade teacher in the West Contra Costa Unified School District
  • Bruce Grip, a high school teacher in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District and Vice President of the Southern Section of the California Mathematics Council
  • Patricia Sabo, a middle school teacher in the Healdsburg Unified School District
  • Charles Weis, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools and President of the Association of California School Administrators

The Academic Content Standards Commission was created by SB 1 (Steinberg, 5th Ex Session) and is charged with developing, and presenting to the State Board of Education, new content standards in language arts and mathematics.  According to the law, at least 85 percent of these new standards are required to be the national common core standards released earlier today by the interstate collaborative led by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

“This is a great day for California’s students and for students nationwide,” said Speaker Pérez.  “These five individuals will each bring expertise, experience and, most importantly, a passion for the highest quality teaching and learning to the standards development process.  The national standards that will form the core of California’s new standards set new benchmarks for rigor and for deep learning.  They will spur the development of higher quality textbooks, curricula, and assessments and will help California’s students successfully compete with our national and global competitors.”

“Now that the national standards have been released and the Assembly and Senate have made their appointments to the Commission, I look forward to the Governor making his appointments so the Commission may convene and begin its critical task immediately,” Speaker Pérez concluded.

SB 1 requires the Commission to complete its work by July 15 and the State Board of Education to take final action on the new content standards by August 2.

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

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

Single-Use Bag Ban Bill Advances in Assembly with Historic Support

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(Sacramento) – A bill by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica, to ban single-use carryout bags in California headed for a vote by the full Assembly this week with the unprecedented support of stakeholders, the author announced today at a news conference.

The California Grocers Association and the United Food and Commercial Workers joined a long list of supporters of AB 1998 today, taking a sound, fair and effective approach to eliminating single-use bag litter, which pollutes oceans, beaches, parks and communities and endanger wildlife.

“We have achieved a historic agreement on a nearly cost-neutral measure with broad support from environmental groups and businesses,” Assemblywoman Brownley said. “By passing AB 1998, California will signal to the nation its commitment to wean itself from a costly single-use carryout bag habit that is threatening marine life and spoiling our waterways. Communities across the state have already started this process, but it’s time for a uniform, statewide policy.”

AB 1998, amended last week, bans all single-use bags sold in supermarkets, drug stores, convenience stores and liquor stores. If shoppers forget to bring their re-useable bags, AB 1998 allows them to purchase recycled paper bags, made from 40 percent post-consumer material, for a reasonable cost not less than 5 cents per bag.

Single-use plastic bags are a major contributor to marine debris, which has injured or killed at least 267 species worldwide, primarily through ingestion and entanglement. These bags cost Californians $25 million a year to collect and bury in landfills.

"California taxpayers waste millions of dollars every year cleaning up plastic pollution off our streets, and from our rivers and beaches," said Mark Gold, Heal the Bay President. "AB1998 is a common sense solution that promotes the green business of reusable bags, breaks our addiction to single use bags, and puts California at the forefront in solving the global marine debris crisis."

Dan Jacobson, legislative director for Environment California, said the state should act now to help shoppers switch to re-useable bags.

“Nothing that we use for 5 minutes should pollute the ocean for 500 years,” Jacobson said. “Cities in California have been taking the lead on this issue – now it’s time for the state to get on board.”

The Assembly Appropriations Committee approved AB 1998 on May 28, and it is scheduled for a vote by the full Assembly this week.

Assemblymember Brownley was joined at today’s news conference by a trio of actresses/environmental activists Amy Smart, Rosario Dawson and Rachelle LeFevre.

Assemblymember Brownley’s website: www.asm.ca.gov/brownley

 

Here are links to audio of Assemblymember Brownley and others who spoke at today’s news conference:

Assemblymember Brownley’s opening remarks at today’s news conference. (3:36)

[/span] [span class=media]Actress Amy Smart says California’s economy benefits greatly from a clean environment. (:20)
[/span] [span class=media]Actress Rosario Dawson says plastic debris is not only polluting the ocean it’s also killing marine animals. (:22)
[/span] Actress Rachelle LeFevre says eliminating single use plastic bags is a good start to reducing plastic pollution. (:12){mp3remote}http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/Newsline/Audio/20100601AB1998LeFevre1.mp3"> mp3

Speaker Pérez Holds Veterans’ Resource Fair to Assist Veterans and Their Families

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LOS ANGELES – Kicking off Memorial Day Weekend today, California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) held a Veterans’ Resource Fair to connect California veterans and their families with benefits available to them because of their courageous service and sacrifice.

“Californians have a great responsibility to aid veterans and National Guard members and their families,” Pérez said. “At a time when our country is at war, veterans are returning home and are finding themselves without access to jobs, job training, affordable housing, and mental health support. This resource fair is part of California’s broader effort to fill gaps in the federal government’s support of these men and women who have sacrificed so much. In Sacramento, we’re promoting this effort by pushing state agencies and departments to provide better services to these brave Californians.”

The Veterans’ Resource Fair included representatives available to provide access to educational/vocational rehabilitation benefits such as VA/CAL-VET home loan guarantee programs, medical care, the State of California dependent college fee waiver program, benefits for surviving spouse and children, and many other related benefits.

In Sacramento, the California State Assembly continues to make a priority the needs of California’s over 2 million veterans and their families. This has included aggressive oversight of California’s state agencies and departments in regard to how well state government programs deliver services to veterans, in addition to the use of the legislative and budgetary oversight to address the needs of California’s veterans.

Highlights of this effort include:

  • Implementing the findings and recommendations from a 2009 audit of the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) that confirmed that California state agencies and departments need to provide better services and programs to our veterans and National Guard;

  • Addressing California’s low participation rate in federal veteran disability compensation and pension benefits, which harms our veterans and negatively affects the state’s economy;

  • Directing the Department of Motor Vehicles to assist the CDVA in identifying veterans if they desire to be informed of their eligibility to collect these federal benefits.

  • Promoting Veteran Employment and Job Training – Both the federal government and the State of California/Assembly have identified employment as a key issue for returning veterans. Some of the Employment Development Department’s (EDD) existing programs serving veterans include the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and the Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER), both administered and funded by the US Department of Labor.

  • Encouraging the state to authorize the establishment of what are referred to as “Vet Courts,” which would permit superior courts to take into consideration and place into community treatment and supervison programs mentally ill offenders who are military veterans, including those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury (TBI), military sexual trauma, substance abuse, or any mental health problem stemming from military service, so long as it is feasible and consistent with public safety. Two separate, but complimentary measures have been introduced to support this concept (see below).

The Assembly has also held the following Oversight/Budget Hearings on Veterans Issues:

  • Joint Hearing of the Assembly Veterans Affairs and Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy (JOBS) Committees (March 2nd) Examination of EDD’s administration of its veteran job training and employment programs and how they will be integrated with the Governor’s proposed Operation Welcome Home (OWH) veterans’ initiative.

  • Joint Hearing of the Assembly Veteran Affairs and JOBS Committee (April 27) Examination of OWH and whether the design of the program is capable of delivering the stated outcomes. Also, how is the program integrated with existing veteran job training and employment programs?

  • Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4 on CDVA &EDD (May 4th) Report from EDD and questions derived from previous hearing regarding the nine workforce development programs administered by EDD, how they will be integrated with OHW, and what are the current outcomes and are these programs integrated in anyway.

  • Assembly Budget Subcommittee #5 (May 12) Requiring DMV to assist CDVA in identifying veterans who desire to be informed of their eligibility to collect veteran benefits.

Key 2010 Assembly Legislation for Veterans:

AB 1378 (V. Perez) – Would enact the Veterans Workforce Accountability Act, and is intended to serve as the primary vehicle to accommodate the statutory reforms needed to ensure the state’s veteran employment and job training programs are integrated and effectively performing.

AB 674 (Salas) – Would institute a series of changes designed to address the treatment of veterans convicted of criminal offenses as a result of post-traumatic stress-related disorders by establishing a deferred entry of judgment program and a pre-conviction drug diversion program for veterans who suffer from PTSD of TBI.

AB 1925 (Salas) – Would authorize superior courts to develop and implement veterans courts for eligible veterans of the U.S. Military.

AB 1569 (Veterans Affairs Committee) – Would create the California Interagency Council on Veterans Services and Programs.

AB 1729 (Yamada) – Extends, from six months to 12 months, the time that a veteran is eligible to receive preference points on civil service exams following the establishment of an employment list.

AB 2365 (Lieu) – This bill would prohibit the court from charging a service member any filing fee or court costs for a petition for relief from an obligation or liability incurred prior to the member's period of military service, or from a tax or assessment falling due prior to or during the period of service. This bill would also grant service members an expedited review of a certain petition for relief, which would potentially help resolve the dispute before the service member must ship out for deployment and becomes unavailable to participate in the action

AB 2455 (Nava) – Authorizes members of the military to defer payment on up to 2 loans on vehicles. This bill would also provide that a spouse or legal dependent, or both, of a member of the military is entitled to the deferral of payment benefits accorded to a member, if the member is eligible for those benefits.

AB 2455 (Nava) – Authorizes members of the military to defer payment on up to two loans on vehicles. This bill would also provide that a spouse or legal dependent, or both, of a member of the military is entitled to the deferral of payment benefits accorded to a member, if the member is eligible for those benefits.

AB 2783 (Veteran Affairs Committee) – Address and expands upon audit finding that the CDVA and Dept. of Consumer Affairs have ignored 1994-enacted law that requires state licensing boards to consult with CDVA to ensure that the education and training veterans obtain in the armed forces can be used to meet the licensure requirements for DCA regulated businesses, occupations and professions.

AB 2784 (Veterans Affairs Committee) – Address audit finding relative to CDVA strategic planning process by increasing size of Veteran Board to include member that have served in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom, adds requirement that one of the members have professional mental health experience, and requires CDVA to conduct a formal assessment of veterans needs relative to the development of its strategic plan and, in consultation with the board, develops measurable goals, objectives, and performance measures.

AB 2785 (Veteran Affairs Committee) – Addresses audit finding by annually directing CDVA to identify other state agencies and departments that offer or provide services to veterans, for the purpose of entering into formal agreements that specify the respective roles and activities of the entities.

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

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

Speaker Pérez: New California Jobs Budget Will Spur Private Sector Jobs, Boost Education, Protect Teachers and Cops and Pay Down Debt

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SACRAMENTO--Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez today announced the California Jobs Budget, a new proposal to solve California’s budget deficit while creating private sector jobs and preventing economically harmful cuts to schools, public safety and the state’s safety net. Joining Pérez was Assembly Budget Committee Chair Bob Blumenfield, who will preside over the public hearing and review process for the California Jobs Budget.

“California has to produce a budget that promotes job creation and makes economic sense,” Pérez said. “We shouldn’t make budget decisions that cut jobs and short change our overall recovery and long term growth. The California Jobs Budget will protect and create 465,000 jobs in the private sector and local communities while also protecting funding for schools, public safety, and a basic safety net.”

“The California Jobs Budget will be presented to the Legislature and the public for a full and transparent review,” Blumenfield said. “The Jobs Budget matches the priorities of the people of California, and it reflects the contributions of thousands of Californians who have testified and participated in over 50 Budget Subcommittee hearings, 12 full Budget Committee hearings, and seven Budget Forums held throughout the state.”

The California Jobs Budget closes the state’s $17.9 billion General Fund shortfall and ends the year with a $1 billion final reserve. The centerpiece of the California Jobs Budget is a $10.1 billion Jobs and Economic Stability Fund that will protect against the loss of 430,000 private sector, local community and school jobs in the Governor’s May Budget Revision, and which will also generate tens of thousands of new jobs.  The California Jobs Budget provides $1.5 billion for targeted Jobs Initiatives, repays debts to local governments and schools to avoid massive local government layoffs, and maintains critical employment services and training programs that get people back to work and keep them on payrolls and off government aid.

“This is a creative approach at solving the two most urgent problems facing our state: creating jobs and closing our deficit,” Pérez said. “The California Jobs Budget gets us through a difficult period and puts us much further ahead on the path to economic recovery by focusing on jobs.”

The Jobs Package:

  • Puts job creation and protection first. With a $10 billion Jobs and Economic Stability Fund that promotes and protects 465,000 private sector jobs, school, and local government jobs
    • Invests in critical job training programs at California community colleges for job training and retraining programs for unemployed job seekers
    • Jump starts California's clean and green industries and other targeted jobs investments.
  • Protects Critical Education Dollars.  Rejects $3 Billion of the Governor’s devastating cuts to education and instead meets the Proposition 98 guarantee and puts a stop to the endless cuts to K-12 and Higher Education in order to protect California's future.
  • Rejects Phony Cuts to Safety Net. Rejects the Governor’s slashing of safety net programs, which would actually cost the state more, and instead maintains welfare to work, childcare, and cost effective alternatives to expensive nursing homes.
  • Includes No New Broadbased Tax Increases. Makes no broadbased tax increases, and instead delays corporate loopholes and closes the California Oil Severance Tax loophole.

In order to maximize the immediate impact from creating and protecting jobs, the Jobs and Economic Stability Fund borrows $8.7 billion from the California Beverage Recycling Fund and, similar to the Governor’s plan, $500 million from the Disability Insurance Fund.

An Oil Severance Tax, required by law in every other oil producing state—including Texas and Alaska—will generate $900 million in 2010-11 and billions more each year for the Jobs and Economic Stability Fund. While the oil severance fee will generate job-creating revenue, numerous studies have found that oil companies in California are not highly taxed compared to other states.  Because the oil market is global in scope, it means there should be no impact from closing the severance loophole on the price of oil. The Oil Severance Tax in the California Jobs Budget is subject to approval by a majority vote of the Legislature.  Governor Schwarzenegger signed a similar majority vote tax mechanism into law in March.

The California Jobs Budget would also delay the implementation of corporate tax loopholes that were created in previous budget solutions, which would generate an additional $2.1 billion.

Funds from the Jobs and Economic Stability Fund will be allocated as follows:

  • $1.1 Billion Targeted Jobs Investment to develop and strengthen California industries, including green and clean tech industries. This also provides a potential funding source for numerous Democratic and Republican jobs bills making their way in the Legislature.
  • $900 million Repayment to Local Governments. Protects thousands of local police, fire, and other local jobs by repaying $900 million owed to local governments for past mandates.
  • $3.8 Billion Repayment to Local School Districts. Protects tens of thousands of jobs for teachers, aides, and counselors by fully funding Proposition 98 and eliminating portions of the “Education Credit Card” rather than the Governor's proposal to cut schools by $2.8 billion, which leads to thousands of lost jobs.

  • $900 million to Protect Higher Education's Role in Our Economic Future. Provides $1 billion to restore recent education cuts and fully fund the UC and CSU to prevent the devastating economic and jobs impact of decimating Higher Education. Also protects access to higher education by reducing the Governor’s student fee hike by 50 percent, which will save UC students $628 and CSU students $202.

  • $1.9 Billion Keeping Working Poor Parents in Workforce. Maintains necessary childcare programs funded through CalWORKS and Prop 98 to ensure working parents can stay employed and over 50,000 small business childcare providers can stay in business.

  • $1.4 Billion Getting Californians Back to Work. Invests in critical employment services to move people from welfare to work and to retrain workers at Community Colleges.

  • $100 Million for Oil Producing Communities. Provides $100 million to local communities impacted by the new Oil Severance Fee.   Experts project the Oil Severance Fee will have little impact on jobs statewide, but there may be localized impacts.  Therefore, an ongoing $100 million allocation is included to offset any negative impacts of the fee.

  • $200 million for the Bottle Bill. Separate from the Jobs and Economic Security Fund, the package increases funding by $200 million for the Beverage Container Recycling program to strengthen and stabilize the state's recycling program. California's recycling program was nearly bankrupt due to the downturn in the economy, and this increase in support will provide long term secure funding for the program, which will protect local conservation corps, protect bottle manufacturing jobs through processing fee relief and drive green technology investment through product development grants.

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

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

Assembly Access Video.

Speaker John A. Pérez Unveils California Jobs Budget

 

 

New California Jobs Budget Will Spur Private Sector Jobs, Boost Education, Protect Teachers and Cops and Pay Down Debt

(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez has announced the California Jobs Budget, a new proposal to solve California’s budget deficit while creating private sector jobs and preventing economically harmful cuts to schools, public safety and the state’s safety net. Joining Pérez for the announcement was Assembly Budget Committee Chair Bob Blumenfield, who will preside over the public hearing and review process for the California Jobs Budget. “California has to produce a budget that promotes job creation and makes economic sense,” Pérez said. “We shouldn’t make budget decisions that cut jobs and short change our overall recovery and long term growth. The California Jobs Budget will protect and create 465,000 jobs in the private sector and local communities while also protecting funding for schools, public safety, and a basic safety net.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Below are links to audio from today’s news conference.
Speaker Pérez’s opening remarks at today’s news conference. (5:48) mp3

Speaker Pérez says the Assembly Democrat’s budget proposal is focused on jobs,jobs,jobs.(:15) mp3

Speaker Pérez says this budget proposal does not include any new general tax increases.(:15) mp3

Speaker Pérez says this budget plan reflects the priorities voiced by Californians during the interactive budget forums held throughout the state over the past six weeks. (:28) mp3

Speaker Pérez says this budget saves thousands of jobs that would be lost under the Governor’sbudget plan and allows for repayment of past obligations to education. (:39) mp3

Speaker Pérez says all of the budget proposals will be reviewed in an open, public, transparent process. (:41) mp3

Assembly Budget Committee Chair Bob Blumenfield’s opening remarks at today’s news conference.(4:01) mp3

Here are photos from the press conference.

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Speaker Pérez: Trade and Cooperation with Mexico Important for California

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SACRAMENTO Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement today regarding the White House state dinner for Mexico, which featured guests of honor President Felipe Calderón and First Lady Margarita Zavala of Mexico:

“I was honored to be invited by President Obama to attend the State Dinner celebrating President Calderon of Mexico. California is the world’s eighth largest economy, and that is in no small part due to our long history of trade and cooperation with our Mexican neighbors. As Speaker of the California Assembly, it is my duty to help strengthen those ties of cooperation and history to ensure continued growth and prosperity for both the people of California and the people of Mexico.”

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

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408