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June 21, 2011

State Democratic legislators are still working to get the necessary Republican votes needed to pass the budget. What is the current status of the budget?

Last week the governor vetoed the majority vote budget passed by Legislative Democrats. The governor’s veto message states that he still wants a vote by Californians on the question of whether to extend existing revenues in order to balance the state budget.

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May 24, 2011

What were some of the positive and negative items contained in the governor’s May Revise of the 2011-12 State Budget?

One positive in the governor’s May Revise is that state revenues received this year exceed prior projections.

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April 26, 2011

What options does the legislature have in terms of the state’s budget now that the June ballot measure has faded as a possibility?

In January, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a budget to address the estimated $25.8 billion deficit with $12.5 billion in extremely difficult cuts and a five year revenue package that would require voter approval in a special election this June. In order to place this revenue extension on the June ballot, a two-third vote of the legislature was required by the end of March.

March 22, 2011

Last week the legislature began voting on the governor’s 2011-12 Budget but was unable to secure the votes necessary to pass the entire package.  What is the status of budget negotiations and what are the next steps?

February 22, 2011

As we await the outcome of Gov. Jerry Brown's state budget plan, many local jurisdictions are looking for ways to protect their redevelopment agencies (RDAs) from being dissolved. On Feb. 8, the Santa Cruz City Council approved a $53 million indebtedness contract with the city's RDA in order to protect its future projects. What is your response to the reactions of municipalities across the state to the prospect of losing their RDAs?

January 25, 2011

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) has released its report entitled, “Health Impacts of Radio Frequency from Smart Meters.”  What conclusions did CCST reach and what is your opinion about the report’s findings?

A number of constituents have contacted me with their concerns about the potential health and safety effects of Smart Meters. In response to these concerns, Assemblymember Jared Huffman and I asked CCST to study the existing scientific literature on radio frequency exposure standards this past November.

December 28, 2010

With the change of administration in Sacramento, what will be the effect, if any, on the implementation of healthcare reform?

California’s efforts to implement healthcare will move forward unabated with the transition to the Governor Jerry Brown administration.

November 30, 2010

With the Republican take-over of the House of Representatives, do you think there will be a repeal or modifications in federal health care reform?

Unfortunately, it appears that implementation of federal healthcare reform, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will continue to be a target of the incoming congressional leadership. While it is unlikely that the entire act will be repealed, components of federal healthcare reform are already under attack

November 03, 2010

Since passage of the state budget in early October, the governor vetoed $1 billion in line item vetoes— including the elimination of funding for Stage Three Childcare programs that serve mostly women who are transitioning from welfare to the workforce. What are you and the legislature doing about this?

The governor’s line item vetoes went counter to the bipartisan agreement achieved in the legislature. The vetoes cut funding to disabled students, HIV/AIDS patients, mental health programs for children, and Stage Three Childcare programs.

September 30, 2010

By: Assemblymember Bill Monning

Most of us have a complicated relationship with PG&E.  As customers, we love to flip a switch and have the lights go on and we love the quick repairs when storms knock down the power lines.  What we don’t love is feeling powerless when it comes to decisions made far away from the public’s view.  The public’s worry about PG&E’s Smart Meters is a case in point.  

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