September 23, 2015
As the recent legislative session drew to a close, my Republican colleagues and I reached out and asked Californians to join us in opposing tax increases and proposed restrictions on gas use. Within days, my office heard from hundreds of you.
August 8, 2015
Many of the men and women who risk their lives for our country are also students pursuing their college education. They are tasked with the challenge of balancing military service with their academic and family lives. Students in the military can have a difficult time maintaining continuous...
July 30, 2015
For Californians with serious developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy and autism, the services available through regional centers and other community-based programs are a lifeline. The professionals and staff provide care and assistance to equip these individuals with tools and skills...
July 27, 2015
Throughout the nation, cities like San Francisco have enacted policies and ordinances granting themselves this designation in an attempt to shelter undocumented immigrants. But in doing so, these cities have refused to enforce the laws of the United States and, whether through direct or indirect action, have also harbored dangerous felons who flout our laws.
July 14, 2015
Also published at The Press Enterprise The state Legislature is constitutionally obligated each year to pass a budget by June 15 and send it to the governor for his signature, setting the spending agenda of state government for the next 12 months. With the budget requiring only a simple majority...
May 27, 2015
Last week, Governor Brown released his revised state budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. It clocks in at a record-setting $267 billion – nearly $13 billion more than last-year’s record-breaking budget, expanding the size and reach of our ever-growing government.
May 15, 2015
If you are a driver in California, you know our roads and highways need work. Even though we pay more in gas taxes than residents in nearly every other state, our roads are in some of the poorest condition. In fact, a recent study found that our broken roads cost motorists as much as an extra $2,500 every year.
April 15, 2015
Amidst one of California’s worst droughts on record, the governor and legislative Democrats used growing public concern to push through new laws and regulations that, of all things, will likely result in more water for the environment than for the people of our state.
February 9, 2015
CalPERS and CalSTRS are not financial laboratories for solving every ill. The great British Prime Minister Winston Churchill warned against the state becoming involved in shaping private enterprise and propping up favored industries. Too many families have too much at stake for such experiments. When the Legislature injects itself in the process, it is everyday Californians who end up covering those losses, usually with higher taxes.
November 4, 2014
For eight months a year, elected representatives from all backgrounds and perspectives gather in Sacramento to conduct the people’s business. One issue, however, unites us all: getting the economy up and running to create more and better jobs.