(San Diego) - State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) - who led the way to the creation of the California Earned Income Tax Credit - and Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) joined 100 community representatives from diverse sectors to launch the CalEITC4Me Campaign at the Jacobs Center in San Diego. “The federal Earned Income Tax Credit has a demonstrated track record of improving the lives of working families,” Speaker Atkins said. “Adding the new California EITC is a tremendous opportunity for hard-working Californians to keep more of the money that they earn and help them to take care of their families.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s State of the State address:
“Clearly the state of the state is better than it has been in years. And, as I’ve said, that’s thanks to voters and to the partnership between the Governor and Legislative Democrats. What we heard in the Governor’s State of the State address this morning is that there is plenty of room for that partnership to keep right on delivering for the people of California.
“Assembly Democrats, who led the effort to create the state’s Rainy Day Fund, support the Governor’s call for responsible budgeting, and the Governor has shown his willingness to make meaningful budget improvements, like adding the state EITC to last year’s budget.
SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Speaker-Elect Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) have released the following statement regarding the potential for gun violence bills to come before the Legislature this session:
“There has been much discussion about what the California Legislature will do on the issue of gun violence. The Assembly will be working with our colleagues in the State Senate to advance legislation that prevents gun violence and keeps our communities safe, while balancing Second Amendment rights. The recent Field Poll showed broad bipartisan support in California for common sense measures to keep firearms out of the wrong hands. Too many lives have been lost and too many families have been shattered by gun violence for us not to act. When so many have fallen, the responsibility is on us to stand up and do what’s right.”
SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the election of Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) as the next Speaker of the state Assembly:
“From working together on the water bond and other vital issues, to helping represent California at the recent COP 21 Climate Change conference in Paris, I have seen up close, and time and again, what a thoughtful and effective leader Anthony Rendon is. I’m delighted the Assembly has made the excellent decision today to ratify Assembly Democrats’ choice of Mr. Rendon to serve as the next Speaker. Over the next two months we will continue the smooth transition process that we began last September. I know Speaker Rendon will move assertively right out of the gate, and will lead the Assembly through a successful and meaningful 2016 session.”
SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s budget proposal:
“California’s budget today is balanced, and it’s in the best position in decades to withstand a future economic downturn. That’s an important reminder of the phenomenal job legislative Democrats, the Governor, and the voters have done in turning the state’s finances around.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding today's state Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 49:
"The California Supreme Court has upheld the Legislature's ability to gather information related to federal constitutional amendments from the people in the form of advisory measures on the state ballot. While this is a tool that has been used sparingly throughout our history, it is important that the Court recognizes it has a rightful place in the Legislature's toolbox."
(San Diego) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today announced that the 7,500 preorder requirement for Snoopy license plates has been reached and production will begin.
“Once the plates are in production and people begin to see them on the roadways, we expect orders to increase exponentially,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “Revenue from the plates will help museums fulfill their educational missions and serve Californians. Our museums are an important part of our history and culture—that’s why we have to keep them strong and in place for future generations.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the agreement signed at the end of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change:
“The Paris Agreement that was signed at the end of the United Nations’ COP21 conference is transformational. It will change the world’s approach to fossil fuels, and it establishes an achievable path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to respond to the potentially devastating changes caused by climate change. That almost 200 countries from around the globe signed on to the agreement is a breathtaking sign of unity and commitment. I am proud to have been part of California's delegation to COP 21, and I am proud of our state's leadership and vision on climate change. By showing what is possible, California helped open the door to this historic agreement. The Paris Agreement is by no means the end, however. In California we know the serious damage climate change can cause to everything from our supply of food and water to the health of our neighborhoods to our national security. And we will continue to push the envelope.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the tragic mass shooting in San Bernardino today:
“Today brings another senseless mass shooting with more innocent lives lost. We mourn for those who were killed, we pray for those who were injured, we grieve for those who loved the lost, and we hold our own loved ones a little tighter. Part of us, sadly, also instinctively wants to start steeling ourselves for the news of the next one to come.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) impending resignation:
“Assemblymember Perea has been a forceful advocate for his district and the people of the Central Valley. While my colleagues and I in the Assembly will miss his intelligence and good humor, we are delighted he is pursuing a role where he can still have a voice in helping shape public policy.”