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2015 and Earlier
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:
"State Budget Sets Record Spending and Depends on Rosy Revenue Projections," says Nielsen.
June 16, 2014
The Legislature barely passed the state’s spending plan before the Constitutional deadline Sunday night. Expressing his frustration with the broken budget process and backroom deals, Vice Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Jim Nielsen, voted against the budget. “While this bill may be better...
Lobbyists Push Last Minute Language to Restrict Responsible Budgeting for Local Schools
June 12, 2014
In a last minute jam job, education lobbyists distributed proposed language into the state budget that would limit local school districts’ ability to save for a rainy day fund. Despite statewide protest by school officials, Democrat lawmakers passed the measure. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber)...
Majority Democrats Reject Governor's Budget Proposal, Approve $3 Billion Spending Increase
May 23, 2014
Ignoring a warning by Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency to budget conservatively, the Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee used overly optimistic revenue projections in its deliberation on the state’s spending plan today. By using the more positive numbers, the Democrats approved at...
State Should Save More for Rainy Day, Pay down Debt and Fund Public Safety with New Revenue
May 13, 2014
Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s release of the May Revision to the State Budget: “The Governor should be commended for proposing to set aside $1.6 billion for the Rainy Day fund; and to pay down $11...
Senator Nielsen Thanks Governor and Legislative Leaders for Rainy Day Fund Agreement
May 8, 2014
Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway announced a bipartisan agreement today to create a Rainy Day Fund to “maintain fiscal stability and prepare for the next...
Measure to Collect More Data on Effects of Public Safety Realignment Passes First Legislative Hurdle with Bipartisan Support
April 22, 2014
Leading the call of public safety experts, auditors and academics, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) introduced a legislative measure requiring counties to collect data to accurately assess the workings of California’s prison realignment. At the presentation before the Senate Public Safety Committee,...
Crime Victims Honor Senator Jim Nielsen for Service
April 8, 2014
Hundreds of crime victims and their families marched on the steps of the State Capitol Tuesday morning in a call to action for victims. Organized by Crime Victims United of California (CVUC) participants walked from the Sacramento Tower Bridge to the Capitol as they mourned their loved ones and...
Nickeled and Dimed to Death
April 3, 2014
With tax time upon us, this seems an appropriate time to be enlightened as to exactly how much of your money is consumed by your government, particularly in comparison to other states. Do you ever feel like maybe you are paying more for just about everything because you live in California?...
KCRA 3 Investigation: Agency abandons talks with Deloitte for welfare contract
March 20, 2014
An agency responsible for choosing IT consultant Deloitte for a 10-year, half-billion dollar job said Wednesday that it has changed its mind.
Governor Brown's Early Release Plan Approved by the Three-Judge Federal Court
February 10, 2014
State Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), former Chair of the California Board of Prison Terms, issued the following statement today regarding the Three-Judge Panel Court Order: “This court order is tragic; it turns our justice system upside down. “The Three-Judge Panel is granting the Governor’s...
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