Public safety is a core responsibility of our government. I fully support the brave men and women who keep our neighborhoods safe. We must continue to provide them with the tools they need to do their jobs. Stopping crime isn’t just about arresting criminals. It requires improving the lives and economic
We need strong law enforcement to protect our communities and I support the police. At the same time, we must hold law enforcement accountable for treating all people fairly. Reducing crime is not just a law enforcement issue. It also requires improving lives and economic opportunity in low-income communities.
The biggest regulatory hurdle to building more housing is CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act. CEQA has moved beyond its original purpose of protecting the environment from construction impacts (which we can all support). It is now a complex regulatory obligation and litigation trap, prompting even Governor Brown to call for reform.
CEQA abuse by special interests can cause delays and litigation that can add millions of dollars to the costs of development. Assembly Republicans support efforts to maintain CEQA’s environmental protections, restore its original focus on protecting the environment and stop predatory litigation abuse by special interests. The state cannot subsidize its way out of the problem.
Assembly Republicans want to improve our schools, keep our neighborhoods safe, and ensure a strong and stable safety net for vulnerable Californians. To do that, we need to spend wisely and not repeat past mistakes. Public employee pension and retiree health care costs are threatening to eat up state and local government budgets. The ever-increasing costs take money from health care, education, transportation, and public safety among other critical programs. It’s time to rein in government spending. We need to trim the fat and balance the budget.
We should audit every state department and identify and eliminate state programs that perform functions that the federal government already does for us. We must also conduct performance reviews of all administrative personnel.
California is about to become the fifth largest economy in the world but ordinary Californians are struggling. We need to stop passing on costly regulations and taxes that are hurting Californias. Sacramento can stop passing harmful laws right now, it is within our power. We must start with a policy of “first do no harm”. Housing costs are at the heart of our state’s affordability crisis. One-third of the state’s renters spend more than 50% of their income on rent.
As a small business owner and farmer, I negotiate the death of my business every day in Sacramento. We need solutions that help the little guy, not just Silicon Valley.
Businesses help drive the economy and provide jobs, but big corporations are getting too many breaks from Sacramento. We need to stand up to big business and develop effective safeguards for consumers.
For decades, state and local governments have promised public employees unrealistically generous retirement benefits through the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).
Unfortunately, and as many have predicted, pensions costs are making it exceedingly difficult for local government to provide core services and as a result things like public safety, education, libraries, recreation, and community services are all on the chopping block.
The overwhelming reason for these high energy costs is excess and redundant environmental regulations, as well as, a philosophy in Sacramento that government should be supplementing our energy supply with energy sources that are frankly not the most cost effective.
California is best served by maintaining the reliably cheap, clean power generated by hydroelectric dams, as well as, investing more in biomass projects that have the benefit of being both a sustainable energy source and creating healthier, less fire-prone forests.
The high cost of housing is the largest driver of poverty affecting millions of people. Nearly 60 percent of black and Hispanic Californians are spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
All Californians deserve a good job and an opportunity to become middle-class. California Republicans are dedicated to improve opportunity for all Californians and provide a path to the middle-class for all.
We can solve our housing crisis by streamlining environmental reviews and allowing home builders to build. Otherwise the housing shortage will continue to drive California’s worst-in-the-nation poverty rate even higher. We must also continue to invest in Career Technical Education programs in our public schools to ensure that college isn’t the only route to a good paying, middle class job.
We need to make higher education more affordable. Students and parents need certainty about enrollment costs. They need to not get hit with sticker shock, when tuition and fees increase over the students’ course of study. Students need to know they can finish their degree program in four years, and not be forced to stay longer in school because required courses are not available. Providing required courses will reduce the cost of higher education by reducing the time needed to graduate. We also recognize that not everyone needs or wants to attend a four-year degree program - that is why we are committed to expanding community colleges and vocational schools. We are committed to exploring new educational technologies and strategies to find the best set of options for every Californian. We must create a first-class education system for all of our students.