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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...
Governor's Speech Argues Spending Restraint, But Lacks Specifics
January 22, 2014
As California’s economy struggles to recover from the Great Recession, the state treasury received $5.6 billion more than state financial experts expected, largely due to the Proposition 30 tax increases. The Governor called these unanticipated monies a surplus in Wednesday’s State of the State...
Sen. Nielsen Commends Governor for Drought Declaration
January 17, 2014
After three consecutive years of little rain and snow, Governor Jerry Brown today officially declared a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take action to prepare for what could be the driest year in California’s history. “This declaration will bring awareness to a potentially...
The State Budget: We Have Very Different Priorities
January 15, 2014
"The core reason [Proposition 30] brought people together was a belief in schools and universities and the capacity of government to make wise investments that benefit all of us." - San Jose Mercury News, November 6, 2012. The above quote well summarizes the hue and cry made to the voters by...
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