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California’s new budget unfairly hurts some of California’s best-performing schools, advocates say
Excerpted from The Sacramento Bee July 03, 2020 By Mackenzie Hawkins School funding in California has long adhered to the guiding principle that the money follows the student. But under this year’s education budget, lawmakers and education advocates warn, the state will abandon its traditional allocation formula in favor of a system that harms the very schools — disproportionately, charter schools and personalized education programs — that have performed best under pandemic pressures. California’s public schools usually receive money based on a combination of the prior year’s funding and…
Gas prices going up as additional California tax goes into effect
Excerpted from ABC 30 News July 01, 2020 By Jason Oliveira FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- California drivers will see the prices at the pump go up on Wednesday as another round of tax increases for gasoline goes into effect. Drivers can expect to pay three more cents a gallon due to SB1, which was signed into law by former Governor Brown to fix aging roadways and infrastructure. The goal is to make roadways better with tax dollars with the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program. Officials say it will generate about $54 billion in 10 years. The bill will set aside $200 million annually to…
Vince Fong issues statement about upcoming year's state budget
Excerpted from 23 ABC News Bakersfield June 16, 2020 By Ashley Valenzuela BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County Assemblyman Vince Fong released a statement on the upcoming year's state budget, referring to it as "rubbing salt into the wounds of taxpayers." The budget was passed out of the legislature and is awaiting a signature from Governor Gavin Newsom. Fong said "passing a budget that includes a 9-billion dollar tax increase on struggling businesses and medical research for COVID-19 is simply tone-deaf." He went on to say "we should halt all new taxes and regulations in order to get back…
Resolution to halt new HSR contracts passes with unanimous bi-partisan support
Excerpted from Taft Midway Driller June 12, 2020 House Resolution 97 passed out of the State Assembly this week with unanimous bi-partisan support. HR 97 directs the High Speed Rail Authority to halt the signing of new maintenance and construction contracts until the legislature has the opportunity to consider alternatives for spending the remaining bond funds. Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County), Vice Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, is a co-author of HR 97. “We must not permit unelected bureaucrats to unilaterally lock us into paying for this train for the next three…
Vince Fong response to protests
Excerpted from 23 ABC News Bakersfield June 01, 2020 By Ashley Valenzuela Vince Fong, represents the 34th Assembly District in Sacramento, for Kern County and the Central Valley. He offers his response to nationwide protests in honor of George Floyd's death, a black man murdered by police a week ago. Fong issued the following statement: Like many, I'm struggling to come up with the words to adequately express the emotions stemming from what is transpiring in our society. And it may not be possible. Emotions ranging from anger, frustration, helplessness, and sadness. Our community and…
Fong demands answers on Calif.’s water lawsuit spending
Excerpted from The San Joaquin Valley Sun May 21, 2020 By Alex Tavlian As California wades deeper into a legal battle over the rules that will determine how much water is pumped south from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Asm. Vince Fong (R–Bakersfield) is seeking some answers. His first question: is a global pandemic – responsible for a $53.4 billion budget deficit – the best time to launch a pricey Federal lawsuit? During a Thursday budget hearing in Sacramento, Fong, launched into a line of questioning over the State of California’s ongoing litigation against the Trump administration…
Local Assemblyman Vince Fong responds to governor's budget revisions
Excerpted from 23 ABC News Bakersfield May 14, 2020 By Veronica Morley Local Assemblyman Vince Fong said "Sacramento must get serious" in response to the governor's revised budget announcement Thursday. Fong released a statement saying: In light of the massive revenue deficit in the upcoming fiscal year, Sacramento must get serious about making reductions in spending that have ramped up significantly over the last decade. In order to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, we must immediately cut wasteful projects like High Speed Rail, and provide the financial stability we need to…
Bill Would Create Data Warehouse on Homeless
Excerpted from Techwire March 10, 2020 By Theo Douglas Lawmakers are in the early stages of creating something akin to the “unified homelessness data system” that Gov. Gavin Newsom called for Feb. 19 in his second State of the State Address. State Assemblymember Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield, has introduced Assembly Bill 2872, the California Homelessness Data System Act. If approved by the state Legislature and signed by Newsom, it would create a statewide database to give officials a clearer picture of California’s homeless population, the services they receive — and of those at risk of…