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Notes from Toni

Why California should adopt single-payer health care

Posted: May 19th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni Atkins | Notes from Toni On May 4, the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives were finally successful in voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is yet unclear whether the Senate will pass the repeal bill and replace it with their own bill, but we’ll have to be ready. There are also things the president can do to reduce funding for health care in California that don’t require legislation. […]

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Notes from Toni: Battling climate change

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni When I boarded a plane bound for Paris in late November 2015, where I would participate in an international climate-change summit, my pride was still fresh from the Legislature recently passing Senate Bill 350, which expanded renewable energy and increased energy efficiency. However, we still had work to do on SB 32 to advance our targets for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

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Notes from Toni: Pride for our LGBT caucus

Posted: September 9th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins Every year in June, the state Assembly holds an LGBT Pride ceremony on the Assembly floor. This year, a visit from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama pushed our ceremony to Aug. 8, when we celebrated the formation of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. California’s LGBT Caucus was the first of its kind in the nation, founded in June 2002 by legislators Sheila Kuehl, Carole Migden, Jackie Goldberg and Christine Kehoe. […]

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Notes from Toni: Interpreter pilot program in works

Posted: August 12th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni As I visited constituents and community groups throughout my district during the legislative recess in July, one of the pieces of news from the Capitol that I was most excited to share was a development that didn’t make headlines around California. That bit of news was regarding a single line item in the new state budget that we passed in June. It was a $3 million appropriation for […]

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Notes from Toni: Explaining the new budget

Posted: July 15th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state budget June 27. It is good news for Californians because it continues to invest in our future and our people. Gone are the stressful days of late budgets, borrowing, and IOUs. This budget is on time, fiscally prudent, and forward thinking. It bolsters our reserves and restores programs that help Californians who are struggling to make ends meet. We […]

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Notes from Toni – Wage increases good for all

Posted: May 20th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins Last month, some observers remarked that the new minimum wage in California went from idea to legislation to law with lightning-fast speed. But really, the wave that crested with the bill signing had been swelling for quite some time, as activists, union groups, and just plain regular working citizens up and down California and across the country agitated for higher minimum wages and protested against growing income inequality.

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Notes from Toni – January 2016

Posted: January 15th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Speaker of the Assembly Every other January marks an interesting time in the Capitol. As you might know, the state Legislature works in two-year sessions. The current session began last January and concludes on Aug. 31, 2016. Since we’re right in the middle, it’s a good time to reflect on the first year’s work and look forward to the coming year.

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Notes from Toni – December

Posted: December 18th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni Atkins | Speaker of the Assembly From Dec. 5 through Dec. 11, Paris, France hosted the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP 21. Nearly 50,000 heads of state, climate leaders, policy experts, and others from all over the world attended COP 21. The last time a major international climate conference was held was in 2009 in Copenhagen, but it did not result in a major […]

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