Releases & Statements

Speaker Atkins: California’s Homeless Veterans will be Better Served with Almost $53 Million from VA

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SACRAMENTO – California’s homeless veterans will be better served this year due to almost $53 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program grant awards from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“As we work to end veterans homelessness it will take a real partnership between the State of California, the federal government, and the non-profit organizations dedicated to serving our veterans,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “This funding from the Veterans Administration will help several outstanding organizations in California who are working hard to make sure everyone who put on the uniform has a roof over their head.”

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Speaker Toni G. Atkins Encourages Businesses to Apply for Job-Creating Tax Credits

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins on Tuesday reminded employers they will have one month starting next Monday to apply for a share of $45 million in tax credits to help expand and make new hires.

The program, California Competes, is available to businesses of any size, and a quarter of the money has been set aside for small businesses.

California Competes will open its application period on Monday, September 29th, 2014 for $45 million in tax credits to businesses that want to expand and create jobs.

“From San Diego to Silicon Valley, California Competes has already helped companies wanting to start, expand, and create jobs in our state,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “With applications for the next funding period starting next week, I encourage California businesses and those that want to be California businesses, to seriously consider applying.”

California Competes has previously awarded $28.9 million in tax credits for businesses. While the next round of funds available is $45 million in credits, there is a total of $150 million available for fiscal year 2014-15. 

The California Competes program was created through AB 93, and its companion bill SB 90, both adopted in 2013.

In addition to the tax credits for job creation, the new program offers sales tax relief on the purchase of qualified research and development equipment and manufacturing equipment. The amount of credits available will increase each year until 2018. Twenty-five percent of the credits are reserved for small businesses, those with gross receipts less than $2 million.

California Competes is managed by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz). The application period ends Monday, October 27th, 2014. Applications will be accepted online and the awards will be announced January 15th, 2014.


Website of California Competes: www.calcompetes.ca.gov

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s Paid Sick Days Legislation Signed by Governor Brown

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Gonzalez Will Work With Legislators in Other States to Bring Paid Sick Leave to All American Workers

LOS ANGELES – (Wednesday, September 10, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) joined workers and other state legislators this morning at the Ronald Reagan State Building as Governor Jerry Brown officially signed her legislation to make California the first state to guarantee paid sick leave for all private-sector employees across every industry.

Under Assembly Bill 1522, which will become effective July 1, 2015, workers employed for 90 days will be eligible to use the sick leave they earn. Workers will be able to earn a minimum of one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked and are guaranteed to be able to use at least 3 days’ worth of paid leave to care for themselves or a family member when they fall ill.

“With Governor Brown's signing of AB1522, today we made history in a California. We become the first state in the nation to guarantee paid sick days for every single private sector worker in the state – no matter what industry they work in, no matter if they are part-time or seasonal, and regardless of the size of their employer,” Gonzalez said. “This means more than 6.5 million more workers in this State will be able to take up to 3 days off when they or their child is sick without fearing the loss of income, hours or their job.”

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Speaker Atkins: Legislative Session Will Shape California Far into the Future

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the end of the 2013-14 Legislative Session:

“I want to thank the members of the Assembly for their hard work and their commitment to the people they represent. The water bond and a groundwater management plan, a fourth on time budget that ensures stability and expands opportunity, a fix to the longtime underfunding of STRS and a real Rainy Day Fund that will help end the cycles of boom and bust are among the chief successes we can be proud of this year. Add to that passing bills to help our film and aerospace industries compete, to protect consumers in the sharing economy, to make it safer for Californians living in residential care facilities and to remove one-use plastic bags from our environment, and it’s clear we have had an enormously productive year that has the potential to shape California far into the future.”

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Historic Preservation Tax Credit Pending Governor Brown’s Signature

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ bill that would stimulate local economies, redevelop deteriorating structures, and promote affordable housing now awaits the Governor’s go-ahead.

“California is one of the few states to not provide an incentive for the preservation of our historic buildings,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “A state tax credit for this purpose would help stimulate local economies, revitalize downtown areas and communities, promote and increase the supply of affordable housing, encourage property maintenance and rehabilitation, and leverage use of the federal rehabilitation tax credit. AB 1999 helps communities adjust to the phase-out of redevelopment dollars and stimulates public and private investment, all while building civic pride as we celebrate our heritage and preserve California's past.”

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Governor, Legislature Reach Deal to Keep Cameras Rolling

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins joined Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and other legislative leaders to announce a historic deal to extend and improve California’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program, making it the second largest tax credit program in the nation.

“Not only does extending the Film Tax Credit keep cameras rolling in California, it will keep costumers designing, craft services catering, and carpenters hammering,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “It’s just common sense—when California hosts more production, we get more jobs and more revenue—two things our state can always use. I’d like to thank the co-stars of this effort, Assemblymembers Raul Bocanegra and Mike Gatto, President pro Tem-elect Kevin de Leon—and, of course, Governor Brown for ensuring the final scene is a good one.”

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Statements by Assemblymembers on Legal Assistance for Unaccompanied Minors

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SACRAMENTO – In response to the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors arriving to California from Central America, new legislation would ensure these children are able to receive appropriate legal representation for their immigration hearings.

Responses from Assemblymembers to the new legislation include:

“With these bills we’re making it clear California wants unaccompanied immigrant children treated as children. We want their well-being ensured, their best interests pursued, and their safety protected. While no longer in the headlines, the humanitarian crisis that has brought so many children to our country continues. While the root causes of this crisis are being addressed, these victimized children deserve to be treated with kindness and justice.” – Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego)

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Clean, Safe, Reliable Drinking Water Bond

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The State Legislature has voted to place a new water bond on the November 4, 2014 ballot. The $ 7.5 billion water bond will provide the state with clean, safe, reliable water at an affordable cost.

The bond is a comprehensive plan to fund badly needed improvements to the state's water system. It includes funding for water recycling, infrastructure, surface and groundwater storage, and conservation.

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Assemblymember Rendon Statement on Passage of New State Water Bond

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(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, released the following statement following the passage of a new water bond to be considered by the voters in November.

“The passage this evening of the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 reflects the culmination of more than a year of work by the Assembly on crafting a water bond for the people of California that involved a groundbreaking open and transparent process.

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Speaker Toni G. Atkins Statement on Water Bond Passing

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the passage of the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014:

“This bond meets critical need at the best cost in a way that voters will approve. It is good for the state as a whole and it is good for the state region by region. It took months of pushing and negotiating, working with the Governor and the Senate, Democrats and Republicans alike, and with stakeholders from around the state. We were successful – and this bond will be successful – exactly because we did this painstaking work together.

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