Releases & Statements

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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Speaker Toni G. Atkins Announces Assemblymembers to Serve on Budget Conference Committee

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) announced today the Assemblymembers who will serve on the Budget Conference Committee, which consists of three Assemblymembers and three Senators to reconcile differences over the budget between the two houses of the Legislature.

The Assemblymembers who will serve on the Committee are Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), who will serve as Co-Chair; Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica); and Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore). Assemblymembers Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles) and Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) will serve as alternates.

The letter to the Chief Clerk of the Assembly is attached.

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Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ Statement on May Revise

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

“The Assembly has made clear our budget priorities include reducing poverty, restoring funding for schools and early childhood education, improving higher education funding, building reserves and paying down debt, and providing a down payment for transportation infrastructure.

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