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April 18, 2011

The Budget

Signed. Sealed. Delivered. Almost three months late, the Legislature and the Governor finally agreed on a state budget.

April 18, 2011

Simple Majority, Yes! Two-Thirds Requirement, No!

The survey is clear: California's two-thirds super majority to pass a budget must go.

By a large margin, people responding to my survey request in October overwhelmingly support allowing the Legislature to adopt a budget with a simple majority.

A resounding 70 percent answered "yes" to the question, "Should state law be changed to allow the California Legislature to adopt a budget by a simple majority vote?"

April 18, 2011

The Budget Dilemma: Obtaining a Two-Thirds Majority

Time after time in polls and town halls, the people have told us they don't want education cut and they don't want the safety net shredded.

But there has been another issue on their minds: Why can't the state legislature pass a budget on time? What's the problem?

April 18, 2011

Assembly District 24 Legislation Passed

Overshadowed by the controversy of the state budget were many less publicized victories. In all, 14 of my bills were approved by the Legislature - three of them are especially critical to the well being of Californians and I want to highlight them first:

April 18, 2011

BEER SURVEY SAYS . . .

The polls were open for two months and the results in Assembly District 24 are overwhelming: Nearly three-quarters of respondents support raising the excise tax on beer to help fund health, law enforcement, and treatment and prevention programs.

April 18, 2011

BEER TAX PROTESTERS

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of mail – most of it from outside Assembly District 24 and some from outside the state – about my proposal to increase the excise tax on beer. The revenue generated by the tax will be used exclusively to pay for alcohol-related health, law enforcement, and prevention and treatment costs.

April 18, 2011

A TOWN HALL'S URGENT MESSAGE: HALT HEARTLESS CUTS

Tell Michael Garcia about the Governor's proposed deep cuts to human service programs and he'll reply, "They're ripping the rug of hope out from under us.''

April 18, 2011

BUDGET DEFICIT TAKES CENTER STAGE

California's $14.5 billion deficit has assumed dominance over virtually every issue at the Capitol. How the Legislature and the governor deal with the shortfall will affect every facet of state government.

April 18, 2011

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Please join us for a free pancake breakfast with your neighbors where we'll talk about your ideas about community and legislative issues! Here's the date, time, and place:

April 18, 2011

FIGHTING DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE

After balancing the mid-year budget and reducing the coming fiscal year's deficit from $14.7 billion to $7.4 billion, the Legislature is focusing on the remaining shortfall. Cutting programs or -- to a lesser extent -- finding new ways of raising revenue are the usual approaches that Sacramento takes to balancing the budget.