SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding University of California President Janet Napolitano’s announcement that UC will not implement tuition increases for the upcoming summer session:
“I am pleased President Napolitano is beginning to walk back UC’s reliance on fee increases. With the Assembly beginning our top-to-bottom review of UC’s budget today, I am sure we will be able to identify savings, as well as increased state funding, that will help ensure UC remains a world-class treasure. The Assembly is also committed to capping enrollment for out-of-state students and charging those students a reasonable higher rate to ensure a UC education remains available and affordable for the California students it was built to serve.”
(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):
When he was inaugurated for his fourth term last month, Gov. Jerry Brown pointedly noted that California students should not have to be “the default financiers of our colleges and universities.” He’s right – especially when you consider the financial burdens placed on students and their families in recent years.
(Sacramento) – A crowd of people from Parent/Teacher Associations from around the state listened intently as Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) talked about the role of PTAs and education during a conference at the State Capitol. Speaker Atkins noted that poverty, housing and health care also play a significant role in determining how well the education system works. Here’s more from Speaker Atkins in this Assembly Access video.
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.
(San Diego) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) was joined by a host of local officials and Covered California’s Executive Director Peter Lee for a special event at the UCSD Medical Center to remind everyone the window to enroll for health insurance through the state’s health insurance exchange is open through February 15th. “The most effective treatment in the world won’t matter if someone doesn’t have access to health care,” said Speaker Atkins. “ So, we’re here today to maximize the number of people in California who do have access to health care.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
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.”
SAN DIEGO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has announced that she will introduce legislation, “Pacific to Plate,” to clarify and streamline state laws to make it easier for San Diego’s Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, and other fish markets like it, to grow and thrive.
“Since the market opened, thousands of San Diegans have enjoyed being able to walk down this pier and choose their next meal from the fresh catch brought ashore by our local fishermen,” Speaker Atkins said.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today released the following statement regarding the announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear marriage equality cases in April:
“I am pleased the U.S. Supreme Court will take up these important cases. Certain rights are fundamental and cannot be dependent upon the actions of others at the ballot box. This is one of the self-evident truths of the American system, embedded in the U.S. Constitution, and that is what the Court should decide. Momentum and right are on our side, but the time for equality is now, and we must continue to make it clear that the American way and basic human decency demand equal treatment for all under the law.”