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Government transparency is vital
January 24, 2014
In 2012, the California Parks and Recreation Department hid $20 million in funds and issued improper payouts to employees resulting in major state budget deficits. This lack of transparency threatened the closure of several state parks and severely damaged the public’s trust. As a member of the...
UC needs to take a more realistic picture of its budget
December 9, 2013
Last month, the University of California Board of Regents took up a budget proposal that contains some welcome news for students: a third straight year without a tuition increase. However, UC has made clear that this proposal is contingent upon additional increases in state funding, above and...
Reforms needed to make UC affordable
November 5, 2013
As a father of four, I know how difficult it can be for working and middle-class families to save enough each month to send their children to a four-year college, even if they plan ahead. In Sacramento, I’m committed to bipartisan efforts that will make California’s universities more affordable and...
Water bond needs select pruning
August 16, 2013
Also published at The Fresno Bee. As we head into the end of session, the retooling of the water bond package from 2009 will be one of the largest issues facing the Legislature. While water may not be a "sexy" topic for many parts of the state, I know it is first and foremost in the minds of many...
The Benefits of Immigration Reform
July 11, 2013
Published in the Salinas Californian As members of the state legislature, we come from different areas and political perspectives. We disagree on various issues facing our state and differ in our approaches to finding solutions to problems. However, at this historic moment, we have joined in...
Preserving enterprise zones, reviving bipartisanship
July 9, 2013
Published at the The Modesto Bee Last week, the state Legislature voted to eliminate enterprise zones, a program that was established in 1984 to stimulate economic growth in our state's most depressed regions. Across the state, there are 42 enterprise zones, located in diverse locations such as...
It’s Time for Immigration Reform
April 22, 2013
Published by Eastern Publication Group * As Californians, we are proudly co-authoring Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 8 (Correa). It is a bi-partisan resolution urging Congress and the President to pass an immigration reform bill which includes a path to legalization and a reasonable and timely path...
We need to find compromise in immigration legislation
April 16, 2013
Also published in the Sacramento Bee . Immigration is a subject of unwavering conviction and emotional debate. Mention the issue in polite company, and the exchange might not remain polite for long. The subject will almost certainly morph into a critique of taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal...
Metal theft costing growers millions of dollars
June 6, 2012
Published at TheCalifornian.com Earlier this month, I chaired an informational hearing of the Senate's Agriculture Committee in Fresno on the growing problem of agricultural metal theft in California. Estimates place the annual loss of U.S. agricultural economic activity because of agricultural...
Democrats need to get serious about pension reform
February 17, 2012
Published in the Los Angeles Times on February 17, 2012 . Republican state Sens. Bill Emmerson (Hemet), Tom Berryhill (Modesto), Anthony Cannella (Ceres) and Tom Harman (Huntington Beach) respond to George Skelton's Feb. 12 column, " Commit a crime, collect a pension ." George Skelton brought to...
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