Op-Eds

Excerpted from The Orange County Register June 23, 2020 By Assemblyman Vince Fong Even a pandemic and economic crisis are not enough to stop California from raising its gas tax again. Starting on July 1, the state is hitting taxpayers with another $440 million in higher gas taxes, even as nearly three million workers are unemployed. This tone-deaf move rubs salt into the wounds of California residents who are struggling from the fallout of the COVID-19 shutdown. Unfortunately, Sacramento Democrats continue to pile onto struggling families and small businesses that are seeking relief from… read more
May 26, 2020 By Assemblyman Vince Fong As California currently faces one of its largest-ever state budget deficits, Governor Newsom and Sacramento Democrats must get serious about making meaningful reductions in unnecessary state expenditures while also preserving funding for education, public health, and economic opportunity. We must do everything possible to create a stable and safe environment in which Californians can return to work as quickly as possible and struggling small businesses can reopen and rehire. In order to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, the legislature must… read more
Excerpted from Bakersfield.com April 28, 2020 By Assemblyman Vince Fong As California prepares for the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Newsom administration must also be focused and prepare on how to best support our state’s communities and businesses moving forward. To revitalize our economy, we must provide our small business owners and entrepreneurs stability so they can reopen, grow and hire. There is no question that during a time of economic struggle, we must look for ways to remove burdens on businesses trying to survive. One of the major cost drivers of doing business in… read more
Excerpted from Cal Matters February 26, 2020 By Assemblyman Vince Fong California has a history of cutting-edge innovation and creativity. We produce new technology, movies, music, food, and energy.  But unfortunately, the California Legislature is pushing policies that will stifle the entrepreneurial spirit that California is known for. Assembly Bill 5, signed into law last year by Gov. Gavin Newsom, imposes a one-size-fits-all approach for many California freelancers and independent contractors. This law, which took effect on Jan. 1, imposes new rules dictating who can legally work as… read more
Excerpted from Bakersfield.com January 31, 2020 By Assemblyman Vince Fong As California taxpayers, we should be wary of Sacramento politicians as they begin the budget process to determine how to spend the hard-earned money of everyday Californians. California’s record-breaking spending budget of $222 billion is large enough to rival the GDP of countries like New Zealand or Greece. While the state budget has doubled in size in the last decade, Sacramento's addiction to spending goes with very little accountability. In this budget alone, Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes 25 new state departments… read more
Excerpted from Digiday January 13, 2020 By Kevin McCarthy and Vince Fong Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, is the House of Representatives minority leader. Vincent Fong represents represents California’s 34th district in the California Assembly. California exemplifies how the power of an idea and the will to achieve can change the world. From the 49ers to the Valley farmers to the engineers in the Mojave Desert who will take human travelers into space, California is a powerhouse of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Despite our history, I’m concerned that liberal policies… read more
October 30, 2019 By Assemblyman Vince Fong Millions of Californians across our state are justifiably frustrated and upset with the continued blackouts. Devastating wildfires continue to grip our state and in response, our major utility providers are opting to shut down power to millions of residents, businesses, and critical care facilities statewide. The public is therefore asking the right questions: who should be held accountable and what can be done to fix this major problem? From a state policy perspective, there are a number of policies that have contributed to this unacceptable… read more
October 4, 2019 By Assemblyman Vince Fong There is a Sacramento trend: promise taxpayers something in exchange for an increase in taxes and then raid that money later for unrelated projects. Unfortunately for California taxpayers, Governor Newsom is continuing that practice with his latest scheme to divert your gas tax dollars. Recently, Governor Newsom announced he would use his executive power to divert $5 billion of road maintenance funds (generated from the gas tax you currently play) to pay for projects that do not fix our roads. Specifically the Governor diverted billions from road… read more
June 26, 2019 By Assemblyman Vince Fong California’s High-Speed Rail is tearing a giant scar across the Central Valley. Construction of the boondoggle is taking land away from farmers without payment and flattening valuable crops while the project flounders. Constantly changing plans have left farmers in the lurch. The way that the High-Speed Rail Authority treats California’s farmers callously disregards the intricate planning and hard work necessary to grow crops in the largest agricultural state. The High-Speed Rail project was started without a clear vision for how it would be… read more
May 22, 2019 Assemblyman Vince Fong With no exception, preparing students for educational success should be the top priority of California’s school system. We must recognize that we must provide parents the opportunity to place their children in the best educational environment to learn and grow. Public charter schools offer innovative options for students of all different backgrounds. Many charter schools offer new learning methods than can foster different methods for students to learn in often smaller class sizes, that can lead to better academic outcomes. I have seen first-hand students… read more