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Governor’s May Revised Budget Gives Money to Grab Headlines But Doesn’t Set State Up for Future Economic Prosperity
May 14, 2021
The state has an eye-popping cash windfall of $76 billion. Governor Gavin Newsom today submitted his May Revision Budget to the Legislature. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Red Bluff), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement: “To fend off his critics and make headlines, the...
Newsom Administration Increases Efforts to Release More Violent Criminals
April 30, 2021
On a late Friday afternoon news dump, the Newsom Administration announced they are automatically giving “good time credit” to violent offenders and second and third strikers in an effort to release them early. These polices will go into effect within hours of the announcement – Saturday, May 1...
ADVISORY: Proposal to Implement State Auditor Recommendations to Fix EDD up in Senate Labor Monday
April 24, 2021
Over a year into the pandemic, and more than a million Californians are still waiting for their benefits from the California Employment Development Department. In October of 2020, 1.6 million Californians were on a backlog. The nonpartisan state auditor’s investigation found “poor planning and...
Senator Jim Nielsen Blasts LA District Attorney George Gascón
April 22, 2021
The Los Angeles Times reported that Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón “ fundamentally change the way the largest prosecutor’s office in the nation handles gang crime .” By reducing a top-notch prosecution team from 40 to 26 prosecutors, Gascón is seriously jeopardizing the safety...
Governor’s Wildfire Funding Not Enough
April 13, 2021
Paradise State Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Red Bluff) issued the following statement as the Governor held a press conference to tout his wildfire plan: “This is only a drop in the bucket to fight wildfire – simply a band aid on an open wound. “While it is encouraging that Fire Safe Councils will receive...
GOP Budget Vice Chair: Open Public Schools Full Time & Fix EDD
March 9, 2021
Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his State of the State address in Los Angeles Tuesday evening. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement: “It is unfortunate that more isn’t being done to open public schools full time – five days a week...
Republicans Push for Forgiveness of Water, Gas, Electricity & Internet Debts with State's $25 billion Bonus
March 9, 2021
SACRAMENTO – The State of California is expected to receive an additional $25 billion, and Republicans want to use that surplus money to pay the billions of unpaid water, utility and internet bills. They also asked for assistance for pharmacies that are critical in the delivery of hands-on patient...
Republican Lawmaker: Important to Open Public Schools
March 2, 2021
The Senate Budget Committee unanimously passed Assembly Bill 86, a measure to provide $6.6 billion to schools to open in-person instructions. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee, issued the following statements: “The divide between the haves...
Republican Lawmakers Introduce Solutions to Fix Disastrous EDD to Better Serve Californians
February 26, 2021
SACRAMENTO - Riddled with systemic mismanagement, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) is failing miserably at its mission to serve the people of California in their most crucial time of need. EDD’s negligence and lack of protection against fraud cost taxpayers billions that could...
Public Deserves More Information on Contracting Process & Funding with Third Party Vaccine Administrators
February 4, 2021
Providing few details, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that Blue Shield of California will take over the state’s struggling distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine. Kaiser Permanente has agreed to serve in a supporting role. With no contracts available for review, the public is left in the dark with...
Newsom Proposes to Abandon Paradise Recovery Effort
May 15, 2020
While unveiling his revised budget Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom turned his back on fire victims and the struggling Town of Paradise. The Governor’s May Revise budget claws back $7.3 million in funding that was approved in last year’s budget to help keep the Paradise Irrigation District (PID)...
Republican Senator Jim Nielsen Reacts to Governor's May Budget Revision
May 14, 2020
Due to the government-mandated shelter in place to slow down the spread of COVID-19, the state budget went from a $6 billion surplus to an estimated $18 - $54 billion deficit. Governor Gavin Newsom today submitted his 2020-21 May Revision budget proposal to the Legislature. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-...
ICYMI: Suicides, alcohol, drugs: Pandemic could result in 75,000 'deaths of despair,' study says
May 13, 2020
Isolation, unemployment and fear brought on by the coronavirus could result in 75,000 “deaths of despair” years after the worst of the pandemic is over, a new study suggests.
Butte County Receives State Approval to Reopen
May 12, 2020
Leaders of Northern California congratulated Butte County for being the first county in the state to receive approval of its plan to reopen. These rural elected officials also rallied in support of Yuba and Sutter Counties for their foresight in demonstrating that rural counties can safely reopen...
Expert Independent Review Is Needed to Comb through PPE Contracts, Says Senate Budget Vice Chair
May 11, 2020
Today, the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review and the Assembly Governmental Organization Committees will host panel discussions on the state’s failed contract with one company – Blue Flame. News reports have since exposed more troubling failures in administration contracting efforts...
Lawmakers React to New State Guidelines for Reopening
May 7, 2020
Sacramento – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled new indicators and conditions to safely re-open certain segments of the state’s economy in Phase Two. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City), who have fiercely advocated for small businesses and their employees...
Republican Lawmakers Request Immediate Audit of $1 Billion Contract with BYD for PPE
May 7, 2020
Sacramento – Several Republican lawmakers submitted a request to pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) to immediately convene the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) for the purpose of hearing our audit request of the state’s handling of all 2020 spending on...
In Case You Missed It: Rural areas have a message for Newsom: One size doesn't fit all in reopening California
May 4, 2020
SACRAMENTO — Rebellion is infectious. Rural people are in revolt against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide virus-fighting rules, which make little sense in burgs such as Bieber. Bieber has hardly anything in common with the likes of Burbank or Balboa. “There’s a bar, a restaurant, a hardware store,...
North State Senator Jim Nielsen Issues Statement on Governor's Re-Opening of Phase Two
May 4, 2020
Sacramento - Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his plan to re-open certain segments of the state’s economy. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who represents northern rural counties, issued the following statement: "Governor Newsom is responding to the messages from so many of California's counties that...
Lawmakers Applaud Yuba-Sutter for Safe Re-Opening of Business
May 1, 2020
YUBA CITY – Using regional science-based data, the Yuba-Sutter Health Officer today modified the local health order to allow many businesses in the two counties to re-open on Monday, May 4. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City), who have fiercely advocated for...
Now '23,222 Prohibited Persons' Have Guns. This is Progress?
March 1, 2019
Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the annual report on the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS), a program designed to remove guns from convicted felons and dangerous individuals. A proponent of the APPS program and former Chairman of the Board of Prison Terms, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama...
Northstate Senator Issues Statement Regarding Governor's State of the State Speech
February 12, 2019
Governor Gavin Newsom presented his first State of the State to the Legislature. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who represents Wheatland, CA and the region devastated by the Camp Fire, issued the following statement: "I applaud the Governor for agreeing with Republicans that the high-speed rail...
State Funding to Offset Property Tax Revenue for Butte County Passes Legislature; Moves to Governor's Desk
February 11, 2019
Funding to offset property tax revenue loss from recent wildfires passed the Senate today with a vote of 37 to 0. The measure provides $31.3 million annually to Butte and Lake Counties. The Assembly approved the same measure. It now goes to the Governor’s desk for his consideration. If signed by...
Fire Victims & Ratepayers Above Investors' Interests
January 29, 2019
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) , who represents the Town of Paradise and the surrounding communities devastated by Camp Fire, issued the following statement regarding PG&E's bankruptcy: "Camp Fire victims continue to suffer. This fire killed 86 people, burned thousands of homes, and displaced...
Senator Nielsen Congratulates Senator Grove for Being Elected Senate Republican Caucus Leader
January 16, 2019
The Senate Republican Caucus elected Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) as their leader. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement: “Congratulations to Senator Grove for being elected to lead our Senate Republican Caucus. “I am confident she will do a tremendous job in this...
Camp Fire Victims Must be a Priority in PG&E Bankruptcy
January 14, 2019
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who represents the Town of Paradise and the surrounding communities devastated by Camp Fire, issued the following statement: “The horrific Camp Fire has had a devastating impact on thousands of lives, and survivors are earnestly putting their lives back together...
North State Lawmakers Ask President to Send FEMA Money for Camp Fire Survivors
January 9, 2019
President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he “ordered FEMA to send no more money” to the State of California. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City), who represent the Town of Paradise, issued the following statement: “The Camp Fire devastated the Town of...
North State Senator Jim Nielsen Welcomes Governor and First Partner Newsom
January 7, 2019
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who represents the Town of Paradise and the surrounding communities devastated by Camp Fire, congratulated Governor Gavin Newsom in the following statement: “Congratulations to Governor Gavin Newsom for becoming the 40th Governor of the great State of California. “...
Democrats' Budget Strips Power from the People and is Rigged with Unvetted, Insider Deals
June 13, 2017
Conspicuously absent from the budget deal negotiated by the Governor and Democrats are projects to improve and upgrade our deteriorated and compromised water infrastructure including Oroville Dam, and river and bypass levees. They also made changes to laws that have nothing to do with the state’s...
Sacramento Democrats Deny Funding for Critical Levee Repairs Needed after Oroville Dam Spillway Failure
June 9, 2017
Despite the support of a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, businesses and local agencies, legislative Democrats in Sacramento rejected funding to repair the state’s water infrastructure that was severely damaged as a result of the failure of the Oroville Dam spillway. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama...
'Single-Payer' Government-Run Healthcare is Bad Medicine for California
June 1, 2017
With an eye-popping price tag of at least $400 billion each year, the Democrat-led Senate passed out Senate Bill 562 (Lara), a bill to create a universal government-run health care system for all residents, with a vote of 23 to 14. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget...
Brown Administration Changes Budget Calculation Following Republican Lawmakers' Call for Transparency and ahead of Tuesday's Budget Conference Committee
May 30, 2017
Republican lawmakers are closely monitoring the Brown Administration’s budget calculations following the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office’s testimony that Administration officials may be spending nearly $2 billion over the voter-approved spending limit.
Free Speech on CA College Campuses Proposal --- Fate to be Determined in Today's Appropriations Committee
May 25, 2017
Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee will meet at 10am in Room 4203 of the state Capitol to determine the fate of nearly 300 legislative proposals. Senate Bill 472 (Nielsen), a measure to require California public colleges and universities to protect free speech on campus for all students, is...
Republican Lawmakers Call for Transparency in Budget Calculation
May 24, 2017
Following the testimony of the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office that the Brown Administration may be spending nearly $2 billion over the state’s voter-approved spending limit (Gann Limit), Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) called for transparency in how Brown’s finance officials calculated their spending plan.
$872 Million of Car & Gas Taxes NOT Going to Roads, Highways or Bridges
May 23, 2017
Below are a few examples of how SB 1’s taxes – which Californians were promised would be spent on fixing our crumbling roads and highways – will actually be used:
Bipartisan Group of Senators Seek $100 Million for Levee Repairs Following the Failure of Oroville Dam Spillway
May 10, 2017
On behalf of their constituents whose lives and properties are continuously impacted by potential flooding, Senators Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) requested $100 million for critical and serious levee repairs in the...
Convicted Violent Sex Offender among Us; Citizens Must Be Vigilant
May 1, 2017
A Monterey County Superior Court Judge placed convicted felon, Eldridge Chaney, Jr., a Sexually Violent Predator, in Yuba County, not his county of last legal residence as the law provides. Jim Nielsen, former Chair of the Board of Prison Terms and Yuba County’s state senator was outraged. “This is...
$52 Billion Tax Increase; Not All Taxes Will Go to Road Repair
April 28, 2017
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement after the Governor imposed a $52 billion tax increase on the people of California:
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