With a room full of freshly sworn-in state legislators looking back at her, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, offered a few hints on Monday of how this incoming legislative class will differ from those who have governed California in years past.
SACRAMENTO – Speaker Toni G. Atkins today announced the members of the Assembly floor team.
“Monday is the Assembly’s first floor session for the 2015-2016 term, and I believe we should hit the ground running,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “Therefore, I am pleased to announce the floor team that will lead the Assembly Democratic Caucus floor activities in the 2015-16 Legislative session.”
Thanksgiving is the time of year when we come together with our family and our community to celebrate the achievements we have built together. It is a time when we show our gratitude for the good in our lives and share our hopes for the year to come.
For the first time in more than a decade, California experienced a surplus in the state budget. This surplus allowed us to reinvest in health care, education, affordable housing and good jobs. I am grateful that this added security allows Californians to focus on the things that are most important to them: their families and communities.
“This is another outstanding appointment Governor Brown has made to the California Supreme Court. I look forward to Ms. Kruger’s voice on the court as all three branches of our government work to ensure justice for all Californians.”
SACRAMENTO – Tonight, President Obama announced his long-awaited executive actions to provide administrative relief for up to five million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The Immigration Accountability Executive Actions, in addition to continuing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, grant the parents of U.S. citizen and Legal Permanent Resident children protection from deportation if they have resided in the country for at least five years. In order to qualify for relief, a background check must be passed and taxes must be paid.
California is home to more than 2.5 million undocumented immigrants. These are students at the top of their class and hardworking individuals making important contributions to the economy. They are all seeking to realize the California dream for their families. As a result of the President’s executive actions, many of these families will now be able to stay together, obtain work and education permits, and not be under the constant threat of deportation.
SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Bee yesterday published an opinion piece by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) outlining her plan to reject tuition hikes and increase funding for the University of California system.
SAN FRANCISCO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the University of California Board of Regents vote to increase tuition:
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today announced a plan that would reject proposed fee increases for in-state students at the University of California and instead provide UC with additional state funding coupled with greater UC efficiencies, higher enrollment of California students, a cap on out-of-state-students and an accelerated, reasonable fee increase for out-of-state students in line with other universities.
It's just common sense: If you're trying to grab more money from university students and their parents, you should not be dramatically raising the pay of top brass.
That's just dumb PR, losing politics and really bad policy.
Don't ask the kids and their families to sacrifice while fattening the pocketbooks of your own already highly compensated chancellors.