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SACRAMENTO, CA – In this week’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) calls for politicians to enact “real” government reform in the area of workers’ compensation. In a November 2014 survey conducted by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, California was ranked number one for the nation’s highest workers’ compensation costs, coming in at $3.48 per $100 of payroll on average – a mind-boggling 188% of the national median. “It’s time for politicians to stop hiding behind their phony reforms and get to work,” said Assemblyman Jones. “Join me in keeping Sacramento accountable so we can actually work at reducing costs.”
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jones, from Santee, is back for the fourth year of his video series, “Are You Kidding Me?” This week, as a new member of the Assembly Budget Committee and in response to Governor Brown releasing his proposal for the 2015-16 State Budget, he is asking Californians for their input. Recognizing the Governor’s plan increases spending once again, Jones said, “California’s fiscal problems are not behind us, despite the headlines you see in your morning papers. Our state still faces $340 billion in unfunded pension and healthcare costs for the State’s retirees. As a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, I’m making your thoughts on the budget my priority. I’m eager to hear your input.”
The Left Redefining Thanksgiving, “Are You Kidding Me?”
SACRAMENTO, CA – This week, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) wishes you a “Happy Thanksgiving,” and asks everyone to give thanks, and to remember the first thanksgiving in 1621 celebrated by both Native Americans and the settlers in gratitude for a successful harvest. In his Thanksgiving Proclamation, George Washington said, “to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws.” Assemblyman Jones says, “America was founded upon these beliefs, and each year we remember that during the Thanksgiving holiday. This Thanksgiving I urge you and your family to give thanks and to remember the rich history which got us to this place.”
Taking Longer to Build than America’s Cross-Country Train,
“Are You Kidding Me?”
SACRAMENTO, CA – In Assemblyman Jones’ latest “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, he compares California’s high-speed rail plans with the Transcontinental Railroad. The first tracks were laid in 1863, and a short six years later, the Transcontinental Railroad successfully connected America’s east with the west. In contrast, in the six years it took to complete a railroad that stretched across the country, not one shovel has broken ground to lay a single piece of track for California’s high-speed train. “What an embarrassing time in California history,” said Assemblyman Jones. “Will this ever be one of California’s greatest accomplishments? With millions of taxpayer dollars already wasted, I’m thinking it’s not. If things go ‘according to plan,’ the first phase won’t even be finished until 2029 – and that’s less than 400 miles of track.”
SACRAMENTO, CA – In Assemblyman Jones’ latest “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, he reacts in strong opposition to the passage of Proposition 47, which took effect immediately. After last Tuesday’s election, convicted felons may have their convictions lowered to a misdemeanor for such things as forgery, fraud, possession of drugs, and theft of a firearm. Assemblyman Jones says, “The ramifications of this new proposition will put our neighborhoods at risk. It is apparent now more than ever that we must defend and protect the right to keep and bear arms.”
SACRAMENTO, CA – In Assemblyman Jones’ latest “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, he reviews the Legislature’s latest attempt to control private property, by regulating groundwater. Governor Brown and Legislative Democrats passed a package of bills at the end of August to grant local governments broad authority to restrict groundwater pumping, shut down wells that have been paid for and drilled by private citizens and impose fines and penalties on private landowners. Assemblyman Jones says, “The unfortunate reality is the leadership in Sacramento used the drought as a political tool to control all of California’s water and the taxpayers front the billions it could cost.”
But Criminals are Painting Real Firearms to Look “Fake”,
“Are You Kidding Me?”
SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Brown recently signed legislation requiring all BB and airsoft guns to be painted in bright colors. Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee), in his latest “Are You Kidding Me?” segment this week, says he could see the unintended consequences from a mile away. This past September, before the bill even became law, San Leandro police found firearms made to resemble toy guns. Assemblyman Jones says, “When is Sacramento going to learn that criminals always work one step ahead and that the cure to our violence problems is not more laws?”
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee), in his latest “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, denounces a recent bill signed by Governor Brown, calling on the California Transportation Commission to study options for imposing a new tax on motorists per each mile traveled. According to the Department of Finance, this study could cost taxpayers up to $20 million. Assemblyman Jones says, “This will have a devastating effect if it goes any further than just a study – people will travel less, contribute to our local economy less, but the taxpayers will pay more. What’s more, people will be forced to move into urban areas, once again disenfranchising California’s rural residents.”
It is a privilege to remember 9/11 at Arlington National Cemetary. I appreciate the sacrifice of all of America’s heroes and their families that keep our great country secure and safe. God Bless America.
Assemblyman Jones, quoting the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution says, “I know there are members on this floor who misunderstand the Second Amendment and I know there are members on this floor who hate the Second Amendment, and you know what – that’s okay – you can misunderstand it, and you can hate it because that’s your First Amendment right under the U.S. Constitution given to us by our Founders. But what you cannot do – what you do not have the authority to do - is to infringe it.”
Democrats Thinking the Weight of a Plastic Bag will Change a Person’s Behavior,
“Are You Kidding Me?”
SACRAMENTO, CA – On a strict party-line vote, the State Legislature passed a bill to ban single-use plastic bags. In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) questions how replacing one type of plastic bag with another will alter someone’s shopping routine. “Banning an item is not the way to change consumer behavior,” said Assemblyman Jones. “If it looks like a plastic bag, feels like a plastic bag and replaces the current plastic bag, what do you think is going to happen? Don’t be fooled by Sacramento’s absurd thinking.”
Guiding Young Offenders through the Registration Process,
“Are You Kidding Me?”
SACRAMENTO, CA – On a strict party-line vote this week, the State Legislature passed a bill requiring Juvenile Detention Facilities to register young offenders to vote. In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) questions the intent of the bill and instead calls on the Legislature to provide an education system that compels youth to make their own decisions for their future. “Since 2012, eligible citizens of California have been able to register to vote online, making the registration process especially easy,” said Assemblyman Jones. “But this won’t change California’s woefully embarrassing turnout of only 25.1 percent this past June. Let’s be real – this is just another tactic for the liberals to move their progressive agenda forward. There are far better ways to serve our detained youth.”
SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) questions why Democrats in the Legislature passed a bill removing local school districts’ ability to save money in case of an economic downturn. Just today the majority party also blocked a Republican measure, Assembly Bill 146, which would have lifted the cap on school reserves.
“The more a school district can save, the more jobs and programs they can spare during tough financial times,” said Assemblyman Jones. “School districts who have been able to keep a reserve have not had to strike fear into their teachers by handing out pink slips. Not to mention, local school districts know far better where money should best be spent – or saved – not Sacramento!”
SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) questions why Democrats in the Legislature killed a bill to stop abuses in California’s food stamp program, a taxpayer-funded benefit. Investigators have found 2600 examples abusing their benefits – some sold their EBT cards for cash. Assembly Bill 2354 authored by Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Tulare) would have required EBT cards to have a photo ID, which would ensure that the card is being used by the right person. Assemblyman Jones said, “You’d think it would be in the taxpayer’s best interest to protect the [food stamp] program, which would help families that need assistance the most. I think your money is worth protecting – it’s about time we work to get rid of government waste.”
SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) criticizes Legislative Democrats for killing a measure to give all Californians more flexibility in the workplace. Assembly Bill 2448 would have permitted an individual employee to request an alternative workweek schedule providing for workdays up to 10 hours within a 40-hour workweek.
Assemblyman Jones said, “This law is already in place for union workers. Apparently the Democrats believe what’s good for a union worker just isn’t good for everyone else. We can’t let this inequality exist between union and non-union workers.”
CalTrans Overstaffed by 3,500 Positions Coupled with No Funded Projects,
“Are You Kidding Me?”
SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) denounces the latest budget gimmicks put into play by Governor Brown and Legislative Democrats which overstaffs the Department of Transportation by 3,500 positions. According to the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, being overstaffed by about 3,500 full-time positions will cost the state more than $500 million beginning in 2014-15. “What’s an even bigger slap in the face is that the legislative budget committee recently approved cutting 195 positions, but then added back almost that exact number of positions to develop projects over time,” said Assemblyman Jones. “But where the money to fund these projects will come from is unknown. Maybe instead we should defund California’s high-speed rail plan that has yet to materialize.”
An Extra $10 Billion Slapped on California’s Businesses,
“Are You Kidding Me?”
SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) calls on Governor Brown and the majority party to solve the looming $10 billion tax bill slapped on the backs of California’s businesses. During the recession beginning in 2008, California and most other states borrowed heavily from the federal government to ensure unemployment benefits to those who had lost their job. California alone borrowed more than $10 billion of the federal debt.
Measure to Disclose Cost of Cap and Trade “Fuels Under the Cap”
Regulation to Consumers Gets Bi-Partisan Support
SACRAMENTO– Assemblyman Brian Jones’ (R-Santee) legislation requiring fuel dispensers in California to contain a disclosure notice to consumers of the cost per gallon of California’s greenhouse gas emission law passed the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection committee with bi-partisan support this week. Assembly Bill 2656 will require that all wholesale fuel invoices contain a disclosure of the estimated cost of this regulation as a separate line item. Additionally the measure would require fuel dispensers in the state to contain a similar disclosure notice.
SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) calls on the Legislature to support middle-class jobs by opposing the latest move to boost California’s minimum wage. Just last year, Assembly Bill 10 raised California’s minimum wage to no less than $9 per hour beginning in 2014, and $10 per hour in 2016. A new proposal on the table will increase wages to $12 per hour by 2016 and $13 per hour by 2017.
Assemblyman Jones says, “Small businesses and non-profits are coming to me left and right saying they cannot afford this wage increase for their employees. This doesn’t just hurt business owners – it’s hurting everyone.”
SACRAMENTO, CA – In today’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) says concern is still warranted about Covered California hiring convicted felons. Investigative reports from January 2014 uncovered felons convicted of financial crimes were hired by California’s Healthcare Exchange, Covered California. Some of the employees were convicted of crimes such as welfare fraud, forgery, shoplifting and burglary.
Assemblyman Jones said, “Of course, people who have served their debt to society deserve a second chance, but in this day of rampant identity theft, giving someone convicted of financial crimes access to private information is like giving a burglar the keys to your home.”
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) today warns the public about a law that went into effect January 1st that requires homecare workers and nannies to be paid overtime. Jones said, “Homecare workers and nannies are deeply passionate and caring people that work one on one with your children – your parents. Now California Democrats have opened these families up to money hungry litigants and trial attorneys. This policy will turn a family’s ability to affordable care for their loved ones on its head.”
Proposition 13, which was passed by the voters on June 6, 1978, has kept the government from taxing homeowners right of out of their homes and has created long-term stability. 36 years later, it continues …to protect us from being at the mercy of a government that has a spending problem.
Prop 13 means that there will be no wild fluctuation in property taxes, which gives each family the opportunity to achieve the American Dream of homeownership. It is estimated that Prop 13 has saved homeowners an estimated $528 billion in property taxes.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) points to the latest headlines relating to California’s failed prison “realignment”, implemented by Governor Brown and the Democrat majority in 2011. This law shifted lower level offenders from state prisons to county jails, but failed to provide the county probation offices with the means to manage the influx of new inmates. In Los Angeles County alone, nearly 2,000 criminals slipped through the cracks after not complying with their probation obligations. Jones said, “Instead of minimizing crimes and letting prisoners go free, why not work to maintain the law abiding citizen’s safety?”
SACRAMENTO, CA— Today Assemblyman Jones released a statement regarding the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in which they struck down a requirement by San Diego County that residents show “good cause” to carry a concealed firearm. Before concluding its decision, the Ninth Circuit observed:
“We are well aware that, in the judgment of many governments, the safest sort of firearm-carrying regime is one which restricts the privilege to law enforcement with only narrow exceptions. Nonetheless, “the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table. . . . Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security, and where gun violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what is not debatable is that it is not the role of this Court [or ours] to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct.”(McDonald v. Chicago)
SACRAMENTO – Amidst growing backlash for California’s High-Speed Rail program, Governor Brown has suggested using Cap & Trade funds to cover the failing project. Assemblyman Jones says, “Using money from the ‘cap and trade’ program that has taken millions from California companies to fund high-speed rail, are you kidding me? We’re dumping money into a high-speed rail plan that has yet to materialize. Not to mention, taking money from the cap and trade program once again to fund the state’s out-of-control spending addiction.”