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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...
The Benefits of Immigration Reform
July 11, 2013
Published in the Salinas Californian As members of the state legislature, we come from different areas and political perspectives. We disagree on various issues facing our state and differ in our approaches to finding solutions to problems. However, at this historic moment, we have joined in...
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West Side Index: Navigating the bureaucracy (by Cannella)
The pitch of politics seems higher than ever this year. That, however, does not change the core responsibility of elected officials to serve the...
Ceres Courier: Navigating The State's Bureaucratic Maze
“Although contacting your elected representative may not be the first thing that comes to mind, it could very well be the most effective.”
Ceres Courier: Our precious resource is just flowing away
California has suffered through drought years most of the past decade. It was less than a year ago when San Luis Reservoir stood at half capacity....
The Californian: Fulfilling Dreams with Compassion
Immigration is by far the most salient topic in the United States right now. While the current focus is on actions over the past few weeks, we have...
Cannella bill would allow self-driving car pilot project at Castle
Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, has introduced a bill that would pave the road for autonomous car testing and research at Castle Commerce Center...