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Assembly Approves Middle Class Scholarship Legislation

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Sacramento - A measure to dramatically reduce the cost of a higher education in California, authored by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, has been approved on a bipartisan vote by the Assembly. Assembly Bill 1501 establishes the Middle Class Scholarship program (www.MiddleClassScholarship.com). The Speaker says passage of the Middle Class Scholarship Act will make college more affordable for middle class Californians, covering students whose family income is under $150,000 but over the amount allowed to qualify for most financial aid. The Middle Class Scholarship Act also includes Assembly Bill 1500, which closes the wasteful elective Single Sales Factor tax loophole that benefits out-of-state corporations and deposits the revenues into the Middle Class Scholarship Fund. The Assembly has not yet voted on AB 1500. Here’s more on AB 1501 from Speaker Pérez in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/speaker

Middle Class Scholarship Passes Committee on Bi-partisan Unanimous Vote

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Sacramento - College students from throughout California trekked to the State Capitol in Sacramento to join Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) for a hearing on the Middle Class Scholarship Act (www.MiddleClassScholarship.com), the Speaker's legislation to reduce the ever-increasing cost of a higher education in California. The Assembly Committee on Higher Education unanimously approved AB 1501, one of two pieces of legislation that make up the Middle Class Scholarship Act. The message the students and Speaker Pérez conveyed to the Committee: College is becoming unaffordable and inaccessible for too many students, and the Middle Class Scholarship will help reverse this dangerous trend. Here’s more in this Assembly Web Report. http://asmdc.org/speaker

Middle Class Scholarship Act Passes Assembly Higher Education Committee on Unanimous, Bipartisan Vote

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Sacramento - The Assembly Higher Education Committee has unanimously passed AB 1501, a bill authored by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) that will slash college fees by two-thirds for California’s middle class families. “The bipartisan approval of the Middle Class Scholarship Act (www.MiddleClassScholarship.com) by the Assembly Higher Education Committee is the first step towards restoring the promise of affordable and accessible higher education for California’s middle class families,” said Speaker Pérez. AB 1501 is one of two pieces of legislation that make up the Middle Class Scholarship Act, a plan to make college more affordable for middle class Californians, covering students whose family income is under $150,000 but over the amount allowed to qualify for financial aid. Here's more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/speaker

Speaker John A. Pérez Addresses Thousands of Higher Education Supporters

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Sacramento - Speaker John A. Pérez spoke to thousands of students and higher education supporters at the Fund Our Future rally at the State Capitol, commending students for their leadership and highlighting the Middle Class Scholarship Act (www.MiddleClassScholarship.com). The act, authored by Speaker Pérez, would cut state college fees by two-thirds and give community colleges $150 million to increase affordability by closing a billion-dollar tax loophole that benefits out-of-state companies. Speaker Pérez told the huge crowd, "California made a promise, that every single person who worked hard in high school would have the opportunity to go to and make the most of their potential at a UC, CSU or Community College. That promise is not being kept when community colleges across California have drastic cutbacks, layoffs and fee hikes that force students out of the system. And that promise is not being kept when student fees have risen more than 100 percent at the UC and CSU." Here's more from the Speaker addressing the rally in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/speaker

Students Support Speaker's Middle Class Scholarship Plan

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Sacramento - California college students are struggling to deal with the rising cost of a higher education. That's why many are supporting the Middle Class Scholarship Act (www.MiddleClassScholarship.com), proposed by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. It would cut the cost of attending a CSU or UC school by two-thirds. Sacramento television station KOVR focused on the Middle Class Scholarship proposal in a recent newscast. Watch their story in this Assembly Asset video. www.asmdc.org/speaker

Thousands of Students Rally for Higher Education

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Sacramento - Thousands of students converged in a park in Sacramento prior to a march to the State Capitol to rally for more funding for students attending California's CSU, UC and community colleges. Many of the students expressed their support for the Middle Class Scholarship Act (www.middleclassscholarship.com) proposed by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, which would close a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations in order to cut college fees by two-thirds. Among the many media outlets on hand for the march and rally were KXTV News 10. Here's their report in this Assembly Assets video. www.asmdc.org/speaker

Speaker John A. Pérez Addresses Thousands of Higher Education Supporters

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Sacramento - Speaker John A. Pérez spoke to thousands of students and higher education supporters at the Fund Our Future rally at the State Capitol, commending students for their leadership and highlighting the Middle Class Scholarship Act (www.middleclassscholarship.com). The act, authored by Speaker Pérez, would cut state college fees by two-thirds and give community colleges $150 million to increase affordability by closing a billion-dollar tax loophole that benefits out-of-state companies. Speaker Pérez told the huge crowd, "California made a promise, that every single person who worked hard in high school would have the opportunity to go to and make the most of their potential at a UC, CSU or Community College. That promise is not being kept when community colleges across California have drastic cutbacks, layoffs and fee hikes that force students out of the system. And that promise is not being kept when student fees have risen more than 100 percent at the UC and CSU." Here's more from the Speaker addressing the rally in this Assembly Access video.

Speaker Pérez Stands to Proclaim Day of Remembrance for Japanese Internment

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(Sacramento) – Fear encompassed our nation after the Japanese military bombed Pearl Harbor during World War 2. And in that fear, the U.S. government made the horrible decision to gather approximately 120 thousand Americans of Japanese ancestry and place them in internment camps. California State Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez stood in solidarity with the Members of the Legislative Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus on the Assembly Floor to introduce Assembly Concurrent Resolution 104. ACR 104 declares February 19 as a "Day of Remembrance." Speaker Pérez hopes this day will serve as a reminder for all of us that we can never let such an atrocity happen in our nation or our state again. Hear Speaker Pérez’s tribute in this Assembly Access Video.

Speaker Pérez Interview on KABC TV

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(Los Angeles) – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez was recently interviewed by Adrienne Alpert on KABC TV’s “Eyewitness Newsmakers” program. The main focus of the interview was state spending, trigger cuts and taxes. You can watch the interview in this Assembly Assets video.  http://www.asmdc.org/speaker