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Speaker Pérez: Major Job Killers in Governor's May Revise Budget Proposal

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Speaker Pledges to Continue Assembly's Work to Produce On-Time Budget that Saves and Creates Jobs

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Budget Chair Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) today discussed how measures contained in the Governor's May Revise budget proposal threaten hundreds of thousands of California jobs and pledged the Assembly will continue working to the help the economy recover by producing an on-time budget that saves and creates jobs.

“Quite frankly, I'm deeply troubled by the Governor's proposal to close our deficit because it relies on drastic reductions in core services – including education - that are vital to stabilizing California's economy and moving us forward on the pathway towards economic recovery and job creation,” Pérez said. “At the most basic level, our economy cannot rebound and unemployment cannot be reduced by cutting billions from schools and eliminating tens of thousands of teacher jobs and undermining education's central role in the growth industries of the 21st Century.”

Among the other measures in the Governor's proposal that the Speaker described as harmful to the economy and job creation are:

  • Eliminating childcare and putting thousands of small business childcare providers out of business and forcing working parents to quit their jobs
  • Defunding state programs that receive federal matching funds, effectively saying “No” to billions in federal safety net funds that are immediately spent in our economy
  • Eliminating CalWORKS and the working pathways into the middle class it creates for those in poverty

With Assembly budget subcommittees scheduled to finish their hearings by the end of May to help produce an on-time budget, Blumenfield was confident that working with federal officials and everyday Californians will help the Assembly produce responsible solutions that save and create jobs.

“This proposal from the Governor is not a credible plan and it leaves more than $5.5 billion of federal funds on the table,” Blumenfield said. “We're now, as the Speaker said, going to continue the systematic process where we've gone out, past the capitol bubble, into the state to hear people and we're going to systematically build on what we've done so far with our hearings and put together a real budget plan.”

The Speaker also pointed out that many measures contained in the Governor's proposal are ideological policy changes unrelated to the budget.

“This job killing proposal reflects the absolute wrong approach to our budget—as does his habit of insisting that he won't sign a budget without extraneous, non-budget policy changes,” Pérez said. “I want to be absolutely clear on this point—the Governor is once again engaging in the kind of Sacramento business as usual approach to politics. We will approve a budget—and only a budget. He can threaten to veto all he wants, but the Assembly will not engage in policy discussions that aren't related directly to the budget.”

Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asm.ca.gov/speaker

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

VIDEO | Speaker Pérez: Major Job Killers in Governor's May Revise Budget Proposal

SACRAMENTO Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Budget Chair Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) discussed at a capitol news conference how measures contained in the Governors May Revise budget proposal threaten hundreds of thousands of California jobs and pledged the Assembly will continue working to the help the economy recover by producing an on-time budget that saves and creates jobs. Here is more in this Assembly Access video.

Below are links to audio from today's news conference:

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez's opening remarks at today’s news conference. (5:01) mp3

Speaker Pérez says cuts to education hurt the job market immediately and in the future. (:59) mp3

Speaker Pérez says non-budget related policy issues should not be part of any budget agreement. (:32) mp3

Speaker Pérez says pension issues should be dealt with in the collective bargaining process. (:33) mp3

Assembly Budget Committee Chair Bob Blumenfield’s (D-San Fernando Valley) opening remarks at today’s news conference. (:42) mp3

PHOTO GALLERY

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Assembly Democrats Interactive Budget Forums Open Up State Budget Process

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(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and the Assembly Democrats are delivering on the promise to have an open, transparent budget process this year. Assembly Democrats have hosted a series of budget forums throughout the state that were webcast live on the internet. About two thousand people attended the first six forums held in Palm Springs, Fresno, Reseda, San Diego, Orange County and Sacramento. Dozens of committee and sub-committee hearings on the budget are also being held. Assembly Democrats believe an open, inclusive dialogue with as many Californians as possible will help produce a final spending plan that reflects the values of Californians. Here’s more in this Assembly Web Report.

Statement from Speaker John A. Pérez on Governor Schwarzenegger's May Revise

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SACRAMENTOCalifornia Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed May Revise to the state budget:

“With the release of the May Revise, the Legislature now knows the exact scope of the deficit we must close, and while I cannot say what the exact solution will be, I can say that the process in finding that solution will be open, honest and transparent.

The Assembly’s focus is on adopting a budget that promotes job creation and continues to fund the vital services California needs to ensure a strong and lasting economic recovery. The Assembly will not play politics with the budget—and we will specifically not engage in the politics of extraction. The Governor’s suggestions are clearly more reflective of a hyper-partisan political agenda than in finding real solutions to our problems. Putting Californians back to work is the fundamental priority for Californians, and we do not have the luxury of another bruising summer of ideological warfare.”

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

Contact: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

Speaker Pérez: Keeping Public Safety Jobs Key in State Budget

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Boosts Bill to Help Law Enforcement Protect CA Transportation Systems

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today said public safety jobs should be viewed as a priority in crafting the state budget, reiterating his commitment to review the governor’s upcoming budget proposal in terms of its impact on jobs in our hard-hit state. Pérez made the comments at a Capitol news conference where he was joined by public safety leaders to call for passage of his legislation to protect Californians and tourists as they use public transportation systems.

“In spite of the enormous budget challenges facing our state, we need to ensure that public safety officials have adequate resources to perform their critical work,” Pérez said. “Recent budget debates have seen proposals that would reduce the number of law enforcement officers in California. I am deeply troubled by these proposals because reducing the number of police will result in communities that are less safe for people to live, work and start businesses and that will result in long term economic harm to our communities and our state.”

At the news conference Speaker Pérez pushed support for his AB 2324, noting the attempted car bombing in Times Square reminds us of the need to be vigilant and the recent Moscow bombings remind us that transit systems remain prime targets.

“AB 2324, which is sponsored by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, creates ‘weapons free zones’ at public transit stations,” Pérez said. “The people of California deserve to know that when they walk into a transit station, they are safe and secure and that law enforcement has adequate tools and resources to maintain that security.”

AB 2324 would make it a crime to bring most weapons aboard public transit vehicles and into vulnerable areas of bus depots and train stations.  The bill will also make it a crime to knowingly avoid security screenings and strengthen penalties for repeat offenders engaging in certain dangerous crimes. AB 2324 is scheduled for a vote on the Assembly floor Thursday, May 13.

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

Speaker Pérez: Keeping Public Safety Jobs Key in State Budget

(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) says public safety jobs should be viewed as a priority in crafting the state budget, reiterating his commitment to review the governor’s upcoming budget proposal in terms of its impact on jobs in our hard-hit state. Pérez made the comments at a Capitol news conference where he was joined by public safety leaders to call for passage of his legislation to protect Californians and tourists as they use public transportation systems. “In spite of the enormous budget challenges facing our state, we need to ensure that public safety officials have adequate resources to perform their critical work,” Pérez said. 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. (1:56) mp3

Speaker Pérez says the ongoing budget hearings and forums are keeping Democrats closely connected to real Californians. (:33) mp3

Speaker Pérez says explains how he will view any proposed cuts to public safety programs. (:24) mp3

Speaker Pérez says he does not want to make cuts in state programs that will hurt local government. (:19) mp3

PRESS CONFERENCE PHOTOS

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Speaker Pérez Says Budget Will Be Developed Through Public Process

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Assembly Effort to Focus on Jobs Impact of Governor’s Proposed Budget

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) reiterated today that the state budget will be developed on-time through a public process, not in closed-door meetings of the Big 5.

“We will develop the budget through a public process that includes full subcommittee and committee review,” the Speaker said.  Assembly budget hearings will be webcasted live, along with other types of committee hearings, as part of the Speaker’s efforts to increase transparency and promote public participation.  The Speaker said the hearings will focus closely on the impact the Governor’s budget has on jobs in California.  Speaker Pérez made his remarks at a Sacramento news conference where he reported on six public budget forums recently held throughout the state.

“Nearly 2000 people attended our budget forums,” the Speaker noted, adding, “The public recognizes the difficulty that exists in getting a two thirds majority and they are very frustrated with the choices before them.”  The Speaker hosted the budget forum held in Fresno.  Other forums were held in Orange County, Palm Springs, Reseda, Sacramento and San Diego.

The budget forums were also webcasted live and were led by Next 10, a non-partisan organization. Click onto the link below to learn more about the budget forums.

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

Speaker Pérez Says Budget Will Be Developed Through Public Process

(Sacramento) – During a capitol news conference Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) reiterated that the state budget will be developed on-time through a public process, not in closed-door meetings of the Big 5. “We will develop the budget through a public process that includes full subcommittee and committee review,” the Speaker said. Assembly budget hearings will be webcast live, along with other types of committee hearings, as part of the Speaker’s efforts to increase transparency and promote public participation. The Speaker was joined at the news conference by Assembly Budget Committee Chair Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley). They said the budget hearings will focus closely on the impact the Governor’s budget has on jobs in California.

Below are links to audio from today’s news conference:

Speaker Pérez’s opening remarks at today’s news conference. (3:19) mp3

Speaker Pérez says the legislature will be looking to see what the Governor’s revised budget’s impact is on the job market. (:20) mp3

Speaker Pérez says the inclusive, open budget process that’s being used this year will allow Republicans to participate fully. (:21) mp3

Speaker Pérez says he does not want to negotiate a budget behind closed doors in Big 5 meetings. (:38) mp3

Assembly Budget Committee Chair Bob Blumenfield’s opening remarks at today’s news conference. (2:22) mp3

PRESS CONFERENCE PHOTOS

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Legislative Leaders Announce Package of Measures to Close Tax Loopholes

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(Sacramento) – Legislators held a State Capitol News Conference today to announce the introduction of a package of bills to close “fat cat” tax loopholes and corporate giveaways.

Assemblymembers Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), Tom Ammiano (San Francisco), and Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles), were joined by educators, healthcare providers, nurses, and California’s Workers.

Assemblymember Nava tossed Governor Schwarzenegger’s budget into a recycling bin to represent the dismay of Californians over his proposed budget that will cost upward of 300,000 California jobs.

“We have introduced modest, common sense bills that will help ensure that California’s hard working families are not getting ripped off by corporate tax loopholes,“ said Nava. “At a time when classrooms are getting more crowded, when more and more people are losing their health insurance due to unemployment, and numerous programs affecting seniors, and the disabled are facing more cuts, we cannot afford these giveaways to big business and lose more than 300,000 California jobs.”

While average Californians pay their taxes, corporations are avoiding paying more than a billion dollars each year. As a result, California’s classrooms are more crowded, police and fire services are being reduced, care for the disabled and elderly is being eliminated, children will be left without health insurance, community clinics and state parks will be closed and college tuition could go up.

“For over thirty years, California has allowed corporate landowners to benefit from tax loopholes while shifting the real tax burden to individual homeowners and reducing California’s tax base,” said Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D, San Francisco) “We cannot continue to cut funding from our schools, our parks and our vital human services without addressing the need for new revenue and an equitable tax system.”

“Seniors have borne the brunt of these draconian budget cuts; we have seen a reduction in adult day health care programs that allow seniors to stay in their homes, the elimination of Alzheimer’s research, and aid to low income seniors has been slashed,” said Gary Passmore of the Congress of California Seniors. “The Fair Share Act will bring much needed revenues to support these essential programs.”

“With $18 billion in cuts to education, this could be an important source of revenue to save important services for our students,” said Jai Sookprasert the tax policy analyst for the California School Employees Association.

“Recent budget cuts are harming nurses’ ability to provide for the critical health needs of people in our state,” said Elizabeth Pataki, RN of the California Nurses Association. “An oil severance tax could provide much needed revenue to help pay for Californians’ healthcare needs.”

“The last round of budget cuts has affected every Californian,” said Willie Pelote of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. “We are dismantling programs and need to ensure that sufficient revenue is available to mitigate the State’s fiscal crisis.”

Governor Schwarzenegger is scheduled to release his revised state budget on May 14th.

Information and Resources on Specific Revenue Bills:

2010 REVENUE LEGISLATION

LEGISLATION

WHAT IT MEANS

AB 1604  (Nava) & (Salas)

Would impose a 10% oil severance tax that would be deposited all into the General Fund.               Generate $1.5 Billion Annually


AB 1935 (de León)

Would save the state over $600 million annually through repeal of the special option for corporations to choose the formula each year by which they are taxed.

Generate $135 million in ‘10-‘11, $450 million in ‘11-‘12,  $600 million in ‘12-‘13


AB 1936 (de León)

Would repeal loss carry-back, which allow corporations to get refunds for taxes they paid two years earlier if they take losses, thereby making it impossible to count on revenue even when taxes are paid.                $25 million in ’10-’11, $450 million in ’11-’12, $145 million in ’12-‘13


AB 2492 (Ammiano)

Would make sure that corporations and commercial properties are reassessed when changes of ownership occur, ending the use of complex transactions to avoid reassessment.

Unknown - up to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Total Revenues Generated will be more than $2.5 - $2.9 billion Dollars

Website of Assemblymember Nava: www.asm.ca.gov/nava

Website of Assemblymember Ammiano: www.asm.ca.gov/ammiano

Website of Assemblymember De León: www.asm.ca.gov/deleon

Here are links to audio of Assemblymembers Nava, Ammiano and De León:

Assemblymember Nava says he knows more spending cuts need to be made but says a "cuts only" budget will devastateCalifornians. mp3

Assemblymember Nava says AB 1604 will raise money needed for education, public safety and health services. mp3

Assemblymember Ammiano says its time for corporations to pay their fair share of property taxes. mp3

Assemblymember De León says deep cuts have already been made to needed programs and further cuts will dismantle needed education and health services programs. mp3

Assembly Approves Feuer Legislation to Curb Teen Alcohol Deaths

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(Sacramento) - The Assembly has approved the Teen Alcohol Safety Act of 2010, a measure authored by Assemblymember Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) designed to save young lives by strengthening the consequences faced by adults who knowingly provide alcohol to underage teens in the home.  AB 2486 passed on a bipartisan vote of  73 to 0. “Common sense alone should prevent adults from giving alcohol to teenagers,” Feuer said.  “But recent tragedies graphically illustrate that California needs to do more to deter adults from providing minors with alcohol.  This bill promotes responsible behavior and will keep kids safer.” Here’s more in this Assembly Web Report. For more information visit Assemblymember Feuer's website.

 

 

Speaker Pérez Issues Statement Regarding Governor Schwarzenegger’s Withdrawal of Support for T-Ridge Project

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WASHINGTON D.C. – Today Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement regarding Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s withdrawal of support for the Tranquillion Ridge project:

“Governor Schwarzenegger made the right decision for California today by finally withdrawing his support for the Tranquillon Ridge project. As he stated, the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico right now clearly and dramatically underscores the danger of off-shore drilling. This was exactly why the Assembly rejected this project when it came before us last year as a part of the Budget Package—and it’s exactly why the business as usual practice of ramming through major policy changes that have nothing to do with the budget in exchange for a few votes from the minority party is the wrong way for California to approve a budget package.”

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

Speaker Pérez Testifies at Congressional Hearing on California’s Census Undercount

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Low Participation of State’s Hard-to-Count Residents Threaten Federal Funding, Congressional Representation

LOS ANGELES – As Census workers begin knocking on doors in the effort to count the nation’s population, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) spoke today at a Congressional hearing on ways to increase the census participation of California’s large hard-to-count populations, which is critical in addressing the current undercount threatening California’s federal funding and Congressional representation.

“As we focus on jobs the budget and reform we want to make sure California gets all the federal funding to which we are entitled,” Pérez said. “The undercount from the 2000 Census has cost California $1.2 billion annually—money that could have alleviated at least some of the budget shortfalls we have faced over the past several years.”

In his testimony, Pérez suggested several ways the U.S. Census Bureau could increase census participation by hard-to-reach communities, many of which are based among California diverse immigrant populations. He called for:

  • Expanded use of trusted, local messengers with outreach tailored to their communities
  • Closer work between the Census Bureau and community-based organizations
  • Better census worker awareness of unique challenges posed by each community
  • Better understanding of community subsections that have consistently low participation rates

The 2010 national response rate is unchanged from 2000 at 72%. However, California’s response rate is down from 73% in 2000 to 71% in 2010.

In addition to determining the amount of federal funding California receives over the next decade, Census data determines where it will be distributed within the state, informing decisions on where to build roads, hospitals, schools, workforce training centers, and other projects. 2010 Regional response rates by county vary from 22% to 76% based on information collected so far, possibly leading to discrepancies in the distribution of federal funds.

Website of the U.S. Census: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/

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

Speaker Pérez, President pro Tem Steinberg, Announce Trip to Washington D.C. to Expand Federal Support for California

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SACRAMENTO - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) today announced they will meet Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, White House officials and Congressional leaders in a series of meetings in Washington D.C. next week to continue their work at increasing federal funding for California.

“California, like the rest of the country, continues to suffer the devastating consequences of the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression,” Steinberg said. “After slashing more than $30 billion from our state budget, we must look to avoid draconian cuts this year if we expect to expedite California’s economic recovery or create more jobs for Californians.  It is absolutely vital that our federal partners do everything possible to help our state and our people weather this recession.”

“The purpose of this trip is to work with our partners in the California Congressional delegation and the Obama Administration to identify areas where we can jointly alleviate some of the external pressures on our budget situation,” said Pérez. “We will also be meeting with officials and the delegation to discuss the implementation of federal health insurance reform to ensure Californians can begin to take advantage of the coverage expansions and patient protections.”

As California seeks to close a $20 billion budget shortfall, Steinberg and Pérez will emphasize to California’s Congressional delegation how federal funding for state investments is critical to helping close the budget gap, mitigating further erosion in key programs and infrastructure, and assisting California to economic recovery. Among the key items they will lobby for is an extension of the enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for the state’s Medi-Cal and child welfare programs.

Following a trip in January with the Governor and legislative leaders, California received $675 million in financial relief by enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) reimbursement rates for Medicare Part D clawback payments.

Click here to view the attached for a letter to Secretary Sebelius outlining federal support California is seeking.

Speaker Pérez Working to Expand Federal Support for California

(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) have announced they will meet Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, White House officials and Congressional leaders in a series of meetings in Washington D.C. to continue their work at increasing federal funding for California. “The purpose of this trip is to work with our partners in the California Congressional delegation and the Obama Administration to identify areas where we can jointly alleviate some of the external pressures on our budget situation,” said Pérez. “We will also be meeting with officials and the delegation to discuss the implementation of federal health insurance reform to ensure Californians can begin to take advantage of the coverage expansions and patient protections.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Below are links to the audio files:

Assembly Speaker Pérez describes the legislation in his opening remarks at today’s news conference. (1:48) mp3

Assembly Speaker Pérez's opening remarks at today's news conference. (3:32) mp3

Speaker Pérez says this trip to DC is a follow up to previous meetings between legislative leaders and federal officials. (:25) mp3

Speaker Pérez says the DC trip will be focused on two areas – making sure California receives its fair share of federal funding and figuring out how best to expedite the implementation of federal health care reforms. (:46) mp3

Speaker Pérez says the Arizona immigration law is a bad idea, regardless of its popularity (according to polls in Arizona). (:27) mp3

Speaker Pérez says the Arizona immigration law is unconscionable and likely unconstitutional. (:32) mp3

Speaker Pérez says the Governor's decision to move the election days to replace former Senator Maldonado and cost the state millions is irresponsible. (1:01) mp3

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

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