Op-Eds

February 27, 2019 By Assemblyman Vince Fong More stories, narratives, and studies continue to show more and more Californians are feeling more anxiety as they struggle to live and work in our state. The ruling majority — Sacramento Democrats — continue to be disconnected from this reality. Just this week, we’ve seen proposals to increase taxes and fees on soda, firearms, oil and gas, and tires — and that is just the tip of the iceberg. But when will it stop? Just a couple years ago, Sacramento Democrats passed the largest gas tax in state history and also jacked up your vehicle… read more
January 29, 2019 By Assemblyman Vince Fong A promise is a promise, no matter how large or small. If I promise to pay back $10 that my friend loans me, the responsible thing to do is to make sure I can actually pay back the loan. Right now, California may not be able to keep their promise — the state’s pension liability is currently a staggering $250 billion (our entire state budget is $200 billion). This does not include the promises that local governments made to its future pensioners, which combined with the state’s pension liability, amounts to an incredible $1 trillion. If we do not… read more
December 04, 2019 By Assemblyman Vince Fong California is the 5th largest economy in the world, which requires a tremendous amount of energy to keep it running. In recent months, we have seen the consequences of the state’s poor energy decisions and policies that have led to our lights being shut off under Governor Gavin Newsom’s watch. And now the Governor wants to increase our state’s reliance on foreign oil by restricting in-state domestic production by California’s energy producers. At a time when Californians face an affordability crisis in addition to an energy crisis, we must ensure… read more
January 15, 2020 By Assemblyman Vince Fong For many, owning a home is part of the American Dream. In California, we face numerous challenges when it comes to building affordable housing in our communities. But one of the few protections we have as Californians is Proposition 13, which ensures property taxes do not go up every year. By keeping property taxes low, Prop. 13 has made many of those dreams for middle and working families a reality. Unfortunately one of the biggest political battles we will have to fight this year will be stopping the dismantling of Proposition 13 by liberal… read more