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A bill that would offer a targeted tax incentive for those contributing to the state’s ScholarShare 529 Plan got a big boost with the introduction of Assembly Bill 211 (AB 211). ScholarShare 529 is a state-sponsored, tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan that helps families and individuals save and plan for …continue reading

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a bipartisan coalition of 21 states in filing an amicus brief in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to defend the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in Brakeen v. Zinke. ICWA is a 40-year-old federal law that furthers the best interests of Native American …continue reading

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The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report: The 2019-20 Budget: Overview of the Governor’s Budget This report presents our office’s initial assessment of the Governor’s Budget. The budget’s position continues to be positive. With $20.6 billion in discretionary resources available, the Governor’s budget proposal reflects a budget …continue reading

Editorial - Room with a View

Recently, our own Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA47) joined with Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA1) to introduce a resolution to the House of Representatives calling for the removal of political gerrymandering from congressional redistricting. The supposed non-partisan redistricting commissions in Arizona and California are held up as exemplars, showing how well the proposed …continue reading

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Fiona Ma, who assumed office Monday as California’s 34th State Treasurer, also completed her top staff appointments this week. Treasurer Ma previously served on the California State Board of Equalization from 2015 to 2019, representing more than nine million taxpayers. There, she led historic reforms to increase the agency’s efficiency …continue reading

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Congressmen Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) today reintroduced a bipartisan House of Representatives resolution calling on the House to commit to the removal of political gerrymandering from congressional redistricting and to improve public confidence in our electoral process. Congressional redistricting is too often subject to partisan politics, often …continue reading

Assemblyman Tyler Diep (R-Westminster) announced his committee assignments for the 2019-20 legislative session. Diep will serve as the Vice-Chair for the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media. He will also sit on the Appropriations, Public Safety, Rules, Transportation, Labor and Employment, and Joint Legislative Audit committees. …continue reading

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), together with the United States Department of Justice, announced a joint settlement valued at more than $500 million with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and related companies (Fiat Chrysler). The settlement resolves allegations that the company violated environmental and …continue reading

The Travis Allen for California Republican Party Chairman campaign announced the endorsements of Santa Barbara County Chairman Tom Widroe, Humboldt County Republican Party Chairman John Schutt, and Stanislaus County Republican Party Chairman Joseph Day. Santa Barbara Republican Party Chairman Tom Widroe enthusiastically states, “Travis Allen has enormous energy and a …continue reading