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ICYMI: Senator Nielsen’s viewpoint in the Sacramento Bee on the need to build large above-ground water storage in California.

July 27, 2021
The state has failed to invest appropriately in large, statewide surface-water storage and conveyance, leaving California ill-prepared for drought conditions and jeopardizing its environmental and fiscal health.

California Legislature passes sham, placeholder budget

June 16, 2021
The California Legislature passed a budget on Monday, but it was just a self-serving charade because there are still issues to be settled.

LA Times: Legislative lawyers suggest Gov. Jerry Brown's interpretation of a long-standing state spending limit is wrong

May 24, 2017
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle raised concerns Tuesday that Gov. Jerry Brown’s state budget plan relies on a faulty calculation of a spending limit imposed by voters in 1979.

LA Times: Frustrated with campus discourse limits, California Republicans take on 'free speech zones'

May 24, 2017
In the realm of political odd couples, state Sen. Jim Nielsen of Gerber and aspiring public interest lawyer Nicolas Tomas may be among the oddest. Tomas, a 26-year-old Democrat, is a promoter of the vegan lifestyle. Nielsen, a 72-year-old Republican, is a cattleman and dairyman by trade.

Dan Walters: California GOP makes rare plea for more spending

December 14, 2015
Sacramento Bee - “Increased access to care should be a budget priority,” said Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, co-author of the bill. “Nearly 50 years ago, the state made a promise through the Lanterman Act that children and adults with developmental disabilities would be cared for. The promise should...