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Archive for the ‘Assemblywoman Diane Harkey’ Category

Understanding Employers and Why Republicans Matter

Thursday, July 4, 2013
posted by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey

This op-ed originally appeared in Steve Frank’s California Political News & Views

Common sense dictates that people as well as employers will act in their own best interest.  This is the premise underlying market economies and why they provide more goods, services and improve the lives of all of us, much more so than a command or government manipulated market can.  One of the risks associated with beginning or expanding a business (that is unsupported by government largesse) is in fact, government.  That is, existing regulations and tax structure as well as anticipated or future regulatory and tax structure.  If you are going to invest large amounts of money or throw the dice, you want to be fairly certain of the rules of the game. If the rules change after the dice land, you lose.

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Why OC Is Losing $73 Million in Property Taxes and More

Thursday, May 30, 2013
posted by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey

This op-ed originally appeared in The Flashreport

Sometimes being in the room helps get the story straight. Orange County lost its case to retain $73 million in property tax revenue, in a legal decision stemming from the 2011 state budget deal. The decision will be appealed, as County Supervisors struggle to fill the gap which will decrease employment and services dramatically, if we lose the appeal.  Reports as to how and why we got into the mess are becoming skewed.

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Governor’s State Budget – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
posted by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey

This op-ed originally appeared in the Flashreport

As budgets go in California there is much to be liked about the Governor’s May revise. First, it balances and does again reduce the accumulated structural deficit (internal and external borrowed monies used to plug holes since 1999) projected to fall from a height of $35 billion to $26 billion. The budget establishes a reserve and projects to nearly repay deferred education funding by 2013-14, although increasing deferrals again the next budget year.

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Return of the Car Tax and Why Legislators Should Say No

Thursday, March 21, 2013
posted by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey

This op-ed originally appeared on BudgetWatchdogs.org

The “Car Tax” is back but may be on life support. Assembly Bill 8, a “gut and amend” bill that failed during the final hours of last year’s session, would increase or extend $2.3 billion of fees on car owners until 2024 – an eight year extension from the original expiration date of 2016. The bill was set for hearing earlier this month, suggesting that the necessary number of votes (in this case 2/3, or 54 votes in the Assembly) had been lined up to ensure passage. Curiously, the hearing has now been put off until April.

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Checkers won’t save state GOP

Thursday, January 31, 2013
posted by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey
This op-ed originally appeared in the Riverside Press-Enterprise

With California election losses still playing out, the argument for Republicans revising who we are and what we stand for falls short. Republicans face a Democrat supermajority of both houses of the Legislature, and Democrats hold every state constitutional office. Without leadership that includes a long term “chess” strategy for integrity of elections and comprehensive immigration and tax reform, Republicans face a Democrat checkmate.

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Avoiding the Cliff – And Preventing a Collision in 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013
posted by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey

With all the drama focused on DC where the political marketing machine on steroids has us envisioning the horrors of careening off a “financial cliff,” the focus should be in California, as we are actually the pace car for the states racing behind us. In that vein, to begin 2013 there is good and bad news to report regarding “California’s Fiscal Cliff” which could help the nation avoid the collision, as we race toward the precipice. And, as usual, because elections matter, there is action that you can take to help us pave the safe landing beyond.

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Top Twenty Worst Bills Worthy of the Governor’s Veto

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
posted by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey

This op-ed, co-authored with Senator Bob Dutton, originally appeared in the Flashreport

As of today, the Governor has yet to act on any of these bills. When he is done, we will grade Governor Brown on his performance. The Governor’s “letter grade” will be computed using the following scale… If he vetoes 90% or more, the Governor got an “A”, 80% – 89% a “B”, 70 – 79% a “A”, 60 – 69% a “D” and below that, an “F”…

For convenience, we have broken down the bad bills into seven different categories… Next to the bill number and author, in bright red, will appear the action taken by the Governor on each bill (none as of today).

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Taxpayers Not Even at the Table

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
posted by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey

  Taxpayers not even at the table

Originally Ran in the San Diego Union Tribune on August 11, 2010

By Diane Harkey

Mildly optimistic about recent progress in negotiations with the state’s 21 unions, but disappointed in what appears to be the “deal,” we now need some answers.

Roughly three months before California goes to the polls, why would a lame duck governor be able to bring parties that have heretofore been unwilling to negotiate to the table now? With the state bankrupt and unemployment out of control, shouldn’t the next governor and new Legislature have the flexibility to review and approve contracts that impact our solvency and the future of our state?

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Assemblywoman Diane Harkey Adamantly Opposes Tax And Spend Budget Option

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
posted by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 10, 2010

Contact: Gino Folchi – 916-319-2073

Assemblywoman Diane Harkey Adamantly Opposes Tax and Spend Budget Option

Sixty-five percent of Californian’s rejected similar tax increases last May

SACRAMENTO – The Democrat counter to the Governor’s budget proposal is finally on the table. While people at home continue to trim their budgets and adjust their lifestyles, in Sacramento there are calls for more taxes to fund bigger government and more government-subsidized jobs. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 20, 2010

Contact: Gino Folchi – 916-319-2073

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, that adds scuba diving to a list of other hazardous recreational activities while extending legal immunity to state and local governments, was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger.  The bill is the product of a two year effort with California Ships to Reefs, a nonprofit that advocates for fishing and diving tourism along the California coast. 

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Harkey Calls For Fiscal Responsibility

Wednesday, June 2, 2010
posted by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey

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June 2, 2010

Contact: Gino Folchi

916-319-2073

Harkey Calls For Fiscal Responsibility

High Speed Rail Authority will be held accountable for taxpayer dollars

SACRAMENTO – In a rare moment of clarity, financial accountability and fiscal responsibility received bipartisan support on the Assembly floor today.  AB 2121, joint authored by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey (R-Dana Point) and Cathleen Galgiani (D-Livingston) passed out of the Assembly with unanimous support.

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Harkey Calls for High Speed Reality Check

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
posted by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey

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April 20, 2009

Contact: Gino Folchi

(916) 319-2073

Harkey Calls for High Speed Reality Check

SACRAMENTO – AB 2121 authored by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey (R-Dana Point) sailed out of the Assembly Transportation Committee with a vote of 13-0.  As amended, the bill would hold the High Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) to a higher standard of financial accountability.  The legislation would require HSRA to submit a 6 year expenditure plan and an annual financing plan to the Legislature with a detailed list any proposed indebtedness and costs associated with the project going forward.

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California’s High Speed Spending on the Big-Dig West

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
posted by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey

California’s High Speed Spending on the Big-Dig West

By: California State Assemblywoman Diane Harkey (R) Dana Point

Bracing for $20B deficits annually through 2015, it’s time to set priorities. Cuts to education, public safety, underfunded pensions, borrowing and deferring payments to local government should sound an alarm. Those outside California are certainly weighing in; our debt rating is the lowest in the nation, comparable to Mexico and Brazil. Yet we continue to borrow and party as if it were 1999. The proposal for High Speed Rail, typifies the high-speed spending mentality that has brought our state to its knees.

California High Speed Rail Project – Time to Eliminate High Speed Rail Funding

Thursday, March 25, 2010
posted by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey

California High Speed Rail Project – Time to Eliminate High Speed Rail funding SF Transportation Policy ExaminerKathy Hamilton

There is someone in Sacramento that has stood up and said, “the Emperor has no clothes.” Diane Harkey, Assemblywoman from Orange County, has put forward a courageous bill, AB 2121, which would pull the plug on funding the High Speed Rail Project.

Harkey Named Vice Chair of PERSS Committee

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
posted by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey

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March 18, 2010

Contact: Gino Folchi

916-319-2073

 

Harkey Named Vice Chair of PERSS Committee

 SACRAMENTO – Assembly Republican Leader Martin Garrick, of Carlsbad, today announced that Speaker John A. Pérez has made changes to the leadership of Assembly policy committees, designating Assemblywoman Diane Harkey (R-Dana Point) as Vice Chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security (PERSS).  Harkey will also serve on the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee.

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