Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez with Veteran of the Year Honoree, Mia Yamamoto, distinguished criminal defense attorney in Southern California.
(Sacramento) – Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) led a special ceremony in the California State Assembly to celebrate LGBT Pride Month. The former Speaker of the Assembly told his fellow lawmakers, “This Saturday marks the 45th anniversary of that sweltering June night in New York (the Stonewall Uprising). In the years and decades since we know we’ve made tremendous progress. But the progress only underscores the work that remains to be done in building a more inclusive and accepting society.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Speaker Emeritus John Pérez with Small Business of the Year Honoree, Josh Spencer from the Last Bookstore.
Sacramento—Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez, the first openly gay person ever elected Speaker of a Legislative House in American history, released the following statement upon news that President Obama has signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against the LGBT Community:
“The President’s executive order banning discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors is a powerful victory for the LGBT Community and people of conscience all over the country. This action is an unambiguous statement that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans deserve to have the full weight of the law protecting them in their employment.
(Sacramento) - The California State Legislature has unanimously passed Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1 (Second Extraordinary Session), which replaces the current Rainy Day Fund on the November 2014 ballot. “A real Rainy Day Fund to end the cycle of boom and bust has been one of the cornerstones of the Assembly’s efforts to ensure California’s fiscal stability,” said Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). The author of the legislation, Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) says he’s pleased with the bipartisan support for fiscal responsibility, “This is a strong proposal for the voters to consider, and I am very proud of the work we have done on a bipartisan basis to take another monumental step forward in making California a model for fiscal responsibility across the country.” Here’s more from Speaker Emeritus Pérez and other Assemblymembers in this Assembly Access video..
On Monday, the families of fallen California law enforcement officers gathered across from the Capitol for a solemn tribute, adding 13 more names to the California Peace Officers Memorial.
The emotions felt by survivors and their extended public safety families are exposed at ceremonies such as these. Yet The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board chose this day, of all days, to resume its crusade against an “undead bill” modifying survivor benefit eligibility for widows and orphans of fallen peace officers and firefighters (” Pérez’s third strike on a really bad bill” Editorials, May 5).
SACRAMENTO – In this week’s Democratic radio address, Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) discusses Assembly Constitutional Amendment 2X 1, his Rainy Day Fund plan, which will put California on track to continue the progress made to make the state a model for fiscal responsibility.
This week's English radio address is 1:38.
SACRAMENTO—Speaker John A. Pérez’s cybersecurity bill, which would establish the California Cybersecurity Commission to enhance the state’s cyber threat assessment and response capabilities, today passed the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review.
“As you can see, in the face of the growing cyber threat which could cost our economy billions, the state lacks an adequate platform for all of these entities to effectively communicate,” Speaker Pérez (D-Los Angeles) said in the hearing. “To prevent such a crisis, California should develop and deploy a comprehensive, multi-sector cybersecurity strategy that harnesses the expertise, know-how, and capabilities of the academic world, private industry, and government. How we address the issue of cybersecurity is one of the most important issues of our time.”
SACRAMENTO—Some California college graduates could get help refinancing their student loan debt under a bill by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez that also would permit the state to provide limited debt restructuring, consolidation and interest rate buy-downs.
Today the Assembly Higher Education Committee has passed Assembly Bill 2377.
SACRAMENTO—Speaker John A. Pérez and Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Monday laid out for the Assembly Budget Committee a proposed constitutional amendment for a Rainy Day Fund designed to protect California’s budget from future downturns.
“By putting forward this rainy day fund for consideration by the voters, we can take advantage of this unique opportunity and ensure that our hard-won fiscal stability continues,” said Speaker Pérez (D-Los Angeles) during his testimony. “We cannot afford to fall back into the bad habits of the past where we commit to ongoing spending and tax cuts in good years, and then are forced to pass major cuts and tax increases on the middle class in bad years.”
The Rainy Day Fund proposal is based on the key principle of achieving budget stability by targeting revenue volatility. The proposal would:
While the current ballot proposal creates a spending cap based on historic revenue performances that may no longer apply to current budget circumstances, this new plan would transfer revenues from Capital Gains that make up more than 6.5% of the General Fund—that are not required to go toward Prop 98—into the Rainy Day Fund. In this way, the proposal encourages stability while protecting K-12 educational funding.
The current Constitutional Reserve under Prop 58 allows the Governor to unilaterally suspend transfers into the fund, making it relatively easy to spend money that ought to go toward budget stabilization. This new proposal would place a legislative check on the Reserve, requiring a legislative statute to withdraw from the reserve as well as a Governor declaration of a fiscal emergency.
This proposal would replace the current standing Prop 58 Constitutional Reserve as well as the ACA 4 ballot measure to be placed before voters in November.
Speaker Pérez Presents Rainy Day Fund Proposal
(Sacramento) – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. laid out for the Assembly Budget Committee a proposed constitutional amendment for a Rainy Day Fund designed to protect California’s budget from future downturns. “By putting forward this rainy day fund for consideration by the voters, we can take advantage of this unique opportunity and ensure that our hard-won fiscal stability continues,” said Speaker Pérez during his testimony. “We cannot afford to fall back into the bad habits of the past where we commit to ongoing spending and tax cuts in good years, and then are forced to pass major cuts and tax increases on the middle class in bad years.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Below are links to audio of Speaker Pérez:
Opening remarks from Speaker Pérez at today’s committee hearing. (5:10)
Speaker Pérez says this proposal will replace and improve upon the current proposed rainy day fund. (:14)
Speaker Pérez says this proposal is not perfect but it is the best rainy day fund plan yet. (:17)
Speaker Pérez explains some of the differences between ACA 4 and the current proposal. (:32)
Below are photographs of Speaker Pérez:
Website of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker