(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) provided the opening remarks at today’s Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 hearing, which focused on the University of California’s budget. Last December, Speaker Atkins outlined plans to closely examine UC’s budget to ensure that every dollar appropriated is spent on its intended purpose. UC, Legislative Analyst’s Office, the Department of Finance representatives testified at the hearing, providing an overview on UC expenditures. Students, faculty, and labor representatives also provided their perspectives. Below is the text of Speaker Atkins’ opening remarks to the Committee.
Speaker Atkins remarks to the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 (as prepared):
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) announced her appointment of select committee chairs for the 2015-16 Regular Session. The letter to the Chief Clerk of the Assembly is attached.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today announced her proposal to increase transportation infrastructure funding to improve safety and efficiency on California’s highways, bridges, and roads.
“California cannot have a strong middle class or a thriving economy if our roadways are congested and people and goods cannot move efficiently throughout the state,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “The Assembly is stepping up and proposing $10 billion for transportation infrastructure—$2 billion per year over the next 5 years—starting in 2015-16.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Chancellor Timothy P. White’s remarks about the state of the California State University system:
“The 2025 goals Chancellor White outlined in his State of the CSU address today are an ambitious plan to reduce graduation times and improve outcomes for students—and I think it’s great CSU is committed to achieving those goals without burdening students and their families with additional fee increases. CSU’s plan means California will have 100,000 more degree holders than we would otherwise, and that will be very valuable to our remaining competitive in the global economy. If we are to achieve these goals the State of California must be a strong partner with – and investor in – our systems of higher education.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s budget proposal:
“The governor has given us a realistic and practical starting point for the budget process. I’m pleased the budget includes several Assembly priorities, including increasing funding for schools and community colleges, keeping UC affordable and focused on California students, increasing workforce development for Californians struggling to make it into the middle class, and restoring the IHSS program that helps keep vulnerable Californians out of institutions. Assembly Budget Chair Shirley Weber and the Assembly Budget Committee will move the process forward and I am confident that by summer we will have a spending plan that balances our resources with California’s needs and aspirations. I have no doubt that we will deliver an on-time, prudent, effective budget just as we have the past four years.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Senator Barbara Boxer’s announcement about her retirement in 2016:
“We owe a debt of gratitude to Barbara Boxer for her 33 years of service in the United States Congress. We will miss having such a strong, progressive leader representing the Golden State. From her passionate work addressing climate change, to her dogged determination to protect victims of sexual assault, Senator Boxer has always been – and I think always will be – a fierce advocate for environmental protections and women’s rights. Although she will retire from Capitol Hill in 2016, I am delighted to hear that she said she will continue to champion these important issues. We look forward to welcoming her back home full-time.”
SACRAMENTO – Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today named Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), as Democratic Caucus Chair, adding to her Floor Leadership Team on the first day of the 2015-2016 session.
Assemblymember Eggman was first elected to the Assembly in 2012.
Speaker Atkins announced the members of her Floor Team late last week. They are: