Assemblymember Grayson Issues Statement on Extension of Cap and Trade

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblymember Timothy S. Grayson (D-Concord) released the following statement regarding the passage of AB 398: 

“I am pleased to support AB 398 to continue our Cap and Trade program beyond 2020 and ensure that we reach our 2030 climate goals in the most cost effective way possible. This bill clearly shows California’s leadership on global climate policies, and our strong commitment to the concepts of economic fairness and environmental justice.”

The Mercury News: Jerry Brown, a global climate leader, fights to reach deal at home

As Gov. Jerry Brown pushes an international climate-change agenda, he faces a crucial test at home: ensuring that California’s signature program to tackle global warming survives into the next decade. Brown is fighting for a deal this month to extend the state’s cap-and trade program, which forces power plants, factories and refineries to pay to pollute and is set to expire in 2020. It has not come easily.

Statement on Governor Brown Signing 2017-2018 State Budget

(SACRAMENTO) – Following Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signing the 2017-2018 state budget Assemblymember Tim Grayson (D-Concord) issued the below statement.

“I’m pleased to support our state’s seventh consecutive, on-time, fiscally responsible and balanced budget that protects the gains we have made over the past few years while also investing in our future. This budget continues to increase funding for all levels of education, maintains the Middle Class Scholarship so college is more affordable for more Californians, builds our rainy day reserve to $9.9 billion, and saves us billions by reducing our pension liabilities and stabilizing contribution rates."

Joint Statement on Concord GoMentum Funding

(SACRAMENTO) – Following yesterday’s vote by the Legislature to approve $3.5 million in funding for the Concord GoMentum Station, Assemblymember Tim Grayson, former-Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, and Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, issued the following statements.

Grayson stated, “The work that GoMentum is doing will produce technological breakthroughs that will enable us to provide safer, more efficient transportation in our cities while also protecting our environment. California should continue to lead the world in transportation innovation, and I am proud that this measure was adopted yesterday.”

Assemblymember Grayson Issues Statement on the Passage of the 2017-18 State Budget

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblymember Timothy S. Grayson (D-Concord) released the following statement regarding the passage of the 2017-18 state budget: 

“I’m pleased to support a fiscally responsible and balanced budget that protects the gains we have made over the past few years while also investing in our future. This budget continues to increase funding for all levels of education, maintains the Middle Class Scholarship so college is more affordable for more Californians, builds our rainy day reserve to $9.9 billion, and saves us billions by reducing our pension liabilities and stabilizing contribution rates."

Assemblymember Grayson Releases Statement on Trumpcare

SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Tim Grayson (D-Concord) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed Trumpcare:

“Voting to deny health care coverage to millions of Americans to claim victory on a campaign promise is the most cynical type of politics. Under HR 1628 millions of seniors, people with preexisting coverage and working class families will lose their coverage.  It's shameful and a disgrace. Now more than ever we need to make sure we do everything in our power to make quality and affordable healthcare accessible to people from all walks of life across California.”

Assemblymember Grayson Comments on the UC Office of the President Oversight Hearing

(SACRAMENTO) Following today’s joint oversight hearing with testimony from UC President Napolitano, Regent Chair Lozano and State Auditor Howle, Assemblymember Timothy S. Grayson (D – Concord) released the following statement:

“In recent years, UC leadership has pursued higher salaries and bloated administrative budgets while California students have paid increasingly higher tuition and fees. I am deeply troubled by the latest finding that students and their families were asked to pay more for their education while the President’s office maintained a discretionary fund of $175 million. This is wrong and our students and families deserve answers as to why this discretionary fund was kept secret.”

Assemblymember Grayson Reacts to State Auditor’s Report on University of California’s Office of the President

(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Timothy S. Grayson (D – Concord) released the following statement on the State Auditor’s report on the University of California’s Office of the President:

“To say the Auditor’s report is deeply troubling is an understatement. The fact that the University would ask students and their families to pay more in tuition and fees while holding $175 million in a slush fund for executives is reprehensible. This audit sends another clear signal to the people of California that administrators, not students, are the priority for the UC. This is a new low point for UC’s leadership, and our students and taxpayers deserve better.”