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Getting California's transportation fixes back on track
May 17, 2016
We’ve been hearing that we need to reinvest in our transportation infrastructure, but it is widely recognized that we need to make drastic changes in how we fund transportation.
Why isn't our road-tax money going anywhere?
April 27, 2015
Cannella - "Anyone who drives on our roads knows we have a transportation infrastructure crisis in California. Even though we’re paying more in gas taxes and transportation fees than any other state, that money hasn’t been used to repair or maintain our streets, highways and other infrastructure projects."
Legislative session was both successful and historical
September 19, 2014
It was a busy August at the Capitol as the legislative session drew to a close. We had many long days and nights of thoughtful debates and discussions on legislation covering a variety of pressing issues, including health care, public safety, education, government accountability and, of course,...
Government worked; water bond essential for California's future
August 21, 2014
Water – it’s easy to take it for granted. We use it to make our cup of coffee, shower, water our lawns and, of course, drink. Our state depends on water for its economy, with our agricultural communities creating thousands of jobs for friends and neighbors, creating billions of dollars in revenues...
Cracking Down on Medi-Cal "Rehab Racket"
May 2, 2014
How could a convicted felon get rich from the vulnerability of those participating in drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment programs funded by the state? Why aren't there safeguards in place to prevent this from happening?
Providing homeowner tax relief is a win for all
March 28, 2014
Also published at Merced Sun-Star There are so many comforting and well-known phrases based on a homestead – home sweet home, home is where the heart is, there’s no place like home – the list goes on. Why? Because home is a safe place, at least it should be. When the Central Valley experienced one...
Government transparency is vital
January 24, 2014
In 2012, the California Parks and Recreation Department hid $20 million in funds and issued improper payouts to employees resulting in major state budget deficits. This lack of transparency threatened the closure of several state parks and severely damaged the public’s trust. As a member of the...
UC needs to take a more realistic picture of its budget
December 9, 2013
Last month, the University of California Board of Regents took up a budget proposal that contains some welcome news for students: a third straight year without a tuition increase. However, UC has made clear that this proposal is contingent upon additional increases in state funding, above and...
Reforms needed to make UC affordable
November 5, 2013
As a father of four, I know how difficult it can be for working and middle-class families to save enough each month to send their children to a four-year college, even if they plan ahead. In Sacramento, I’m committed to bipartisan efforts that will make California’s universities more affordable and...
Water bond needs select pruning
August 16, 2013
Also published at The Fresno Bee. As we head into the end of session, the retooling of the water bond package from 2009 will be one of the largest issues facing the Legislature. While water may not be a "sexy" topic for many parts of the state, I know it is first and foremost in the minds of many...
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Silicon Valley is getting to know the Central Valley (finally)
If governor signs it, Gray's new law would add fairness to water disputes
Farming district says it won't pay for Delta tunnels in a vote that could kill the project
Temperance Flat Dam investment will pay off for California
Merced Sun-Star -- Opinion: Why will we get past all this political angst? Because we're America