Releases & Statements

Speaker Atkins’ Statement on Signing of Prudent and Progressive Budget

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s signing of the 2015-16 state budget:

“The Governor’s signature is the next step for a prudent and progressive budget that will make California a better place to live, work and play. We are sending more money to schools, helping working families by expanding child care and preschool and establishing a state Earned Income Tax Credit, and we improve higher education funding and financial aid. The budget the Governor signed today makes important investments and pays down debt while adding to state reserves. It is not only a reflection of our state’s economic health, but a plan that will continue to help build California’s fiscal fitness.


“While the budget signed today is clearly the best one we’ve had in years, there is more work to do on Medi-Cal, DDS and infrastructure. Today, I will be appointing the members of the Assembly committees for the special sessions that have been called on health care and infrastructure. Those committees will take the lead in resolving the important issues still before us.”

Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: http://asmdc.org/speaker

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Speaker Atkins’ Statement on Court’s Decision On Offensive Ballot Initiative

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the Superior Court’s decision to grant Attorney General Kamala Harris’ request to not issue title and summary for the “Sodomite Suppression Act,” an offensive and dangerous ballot initiative:

“The court has brought an appropriate end to this disturbing episode. LGBT Californians shouldn't be threatened and our initiative process shouldn't be hijacked. Let's hope it's the last time our system is abused to promote the political equivalent of toxic waste.”  

Assembly Sends Revised Budget to Governor

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SACRAMENTO—The California State Assembly today approved a revised version of the budget passed on Monday, which will now go to Governor Brown for action. If signed by July 1, this will be California’s fifth consecutive on-time, balanced budget.

“The budget we sent to the Governor today reflects many of the top priorities of Assembly Democrats,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “This budget will reduce poverty, restore much-needed funding for schools and early childhood education, establish a state Earned Income Tax Credit that benefits over 2 million Californians and increases funding for higher education while building reserves and paying down debt. Although this budget addressed key issues, there is still more work to be done for the developmental disabilities community and on Medi-Cal rates, transportation and infrastructure, and I look forward to working with my Assembly colleagues, the Senate, and the Governor to resolve these important issues.”

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Legislature to Vote on Budget

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SACRAMENTO – The Legislature and Governor on Tuesday reached an agreement on the 2015-16 state budget. Tomorrow, June 19, the Legislature will vote on the budget agreement and convene in two special sessions to reach timely, bipartisan and comprehensive solutions on infrastructure and health care.

The budget reflects Assembly Democrats’ priorities, including reducing poverty, restoring funding for schools and early childhood education, improving higher education funding, building reserves, and paying down debt.

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Statement from Legislative Leaders on Department of Developmental Services Funding

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement regarding developmental disabilities program funding in the 2015-16 budget agreement:

“The Assembly and Senate included funding increases for developmental disabilities programs in each of the individual budgets we passed and in the joint budget conference committee agreement as well. In final negotiations with the Governor, however, it became clear that the funding increase, along with some other priorities, would have to be considered in a special session and not as part of the budget legislation. The Extraordinary Legislative Session on Health Care we will be convening on Friday includes developmental disabilities programs in its scope. Our commitment has not changed, only the venue.”

Website of Senator De León: http://sd24.senate.ca.gov
Website of Speaker Atkins: www.asmdc.org/speaker

Speaker Atkins Statement on Budget Agreement

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding the 2015-16 state budget agreement:

“Other than the budget the Assembly and Senate passed yesterday, this is the best budget we’ve seen in years. This version of the budget makes some very strong improvements for schools, higher education, child care and Medi-Cal services and creates a state Earned Income Tax Credit. But this is not a return to the bad old days of spending beyond our means. This budget builds total reserves by more than $4.6 billion and pays down $1.9 billion in debts. If revenues grow more in line with the LAO projection than with the Department of Finance numbers that this budget is based on, then reserves will grow even higher. But despite this being such a good budget, we know this is just one step and we have more work to do.”

Speaker Atkins on 2015-16 Budget Agreement

(Sacramento) – Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) joined Governor Brown and Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León for a news conference to announce an agreement on the budget. “This version of the budget makes some very strong improvements for schools, higher education, child care and Medi-Cal services and creates a state Earned Income Tax Credit that will help lift Californians out of poverty,” said Speaker Atkins. “But this is not a return to the bad old days of spending beyond our means. This budget builds total reserves by more than $4.6 billion and pays down $1.9 billion in debts. If revenues grow more in line with the LAO projection than with the Department of Finance numbers that this budget is based on, then reserves will grow even higher.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video. 

Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: http://asmdc.org/speaker

Assembly Sends On-Time, Balanced Budget to Governor Brown

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SACRAMENTO—The California State Assembly today passed the fifth consecutive on-time, balanced budget. AB 93, the 2015-16 budget bill, will pay down debt, build reserves and restore funding to schools.

“I want to thank our Budget Chair, Dr. Shirley Weber, our subcommittee chairs, the members of the Budget Committee and our conferees for performing an incredible amount of work, which is shown in the budget we voted on today,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “The stability from the years of hard choices gives us an opportunity that has been rare in recent years – the chance to focus on a budget that builds a stronger and brighter future for the people of California.”

Four budget trailer bills, AB 95, AB 114, AB 116 and AB 119, also passed out of the Legislature and move to the Governor for his signature.

Conference Committee Sends Balanced, Beneficial Budget to Assembly & Senate

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SACRAMENTO – The Conference Committee on the 2015-16 State Budget (AB 93) has completed its work and crafted an on-time, responsible budget that makes targeted new investments to improve California.

The budget approved by Conference Committee reflects Assembly Democrats’ priorities, including reducing poverty, restoring funding for schools and early childhood education, improving higher education funding, improving health care and building reserves, and paying down debt.

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Assembly Proclaims Women Veterans Day

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SACRAMENTO—To urge all citizens to join in celebrating the many contributions of women to our military forces, the Assembly today passed Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ ACR 33, which proclaims June 12, 2015 as Women Veterans Day.

“Women are an integral part of our armed services and their contributions to our nation’s defense have often been overlooked,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “Today, California is home to nearly 166,000 women veterans. This population is sure to grow as the many women who currently dedicate themselves in all branches of our armed forces complete their service and return home. It is important that we officially recognize the contributions and the sacrifices of women veterans.”

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