Op Eds by Bill

March 09, 2010

How does the proposed “gas tax flip” affect local transportation and how does it fit in to current budget negotiations?

February 17, 2010

By Bill Monning

February 09, 2010

Last month, you participated in a UC Santa Cruz Legislative Forum on the state budget and higher education. What consensus and actions resulted from that gathering of legislators, local business leaders and UCSC students, faculty and administration?

January 13, 2010

Despite a collegial tone in his State of the State message, Gov. Schwarzenegger followed with a “slash and burn” budget proposal two days later. With a theme of “jobs, jobs and more jobs,” the governor seeks to reconcile a projected $21 billion deficit over the next 18 months by cutting safety net programs that create and protect jobs. In addition, the proposed budget inappropriately juxtaposes economic growth against hard-fought environmental protections and public transit programs.

January 12, 2010

Many local educators are skeptical about Race to the Top, the federal program in which states are competing for education funding.  What potential problems are they worried about, and do you agree with them?

January 08, 2010

Contact: Rachel Anne Goodman @ (831) 425-1503

By: Assemblymember Bill Monning

My first year in the State Assembly has been quite a year.  Many of my colleagues have described the past twelve months as “trial by fire”. 

December 15, 2009

Last month, the University of California’s Board of Regents passed a 32 percent student fee increase for undergraduates, leading to statewide protests including several at UC Santa Cruz. What do you think of the increase? What does this mean for the future of higher public education in California?

November 17, 2009

In light of the recession this holiday season, what kinds of programs in your district are doing important things to fight hunger and poverty?

October 20, 2009

There were 700 bills awaiting Gov. Schwarzenegger’s signature or veto by Sunday, Oct, 11.  Were there any vetoed bills that you believe should have been upheld, or bills passed that you believe should not have been?  Why?

September 29, 2009

Now that the 2009 Legislative Session has wrapped up, what are your reflections on your first session in the Assembly?  What is working for California, and what isn’t?