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SACRAMENTO, CA – In this week’s “Are You Kidding Me?” segment, Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) discusses California’s low voter turnout and the importance of every vote. According to a recent Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) survey, 67 percent of those polled had little to no trust in the state government. “Many voters feel that their vote simply doesn’t matter anymore,” said Assemblyman Jones. “That is why many choose not to vote, not because they have a difficult time registering. Sacramento is ignoring the voice of the people.”
Firing Great Teachers, “Are You Kidding Me?”
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) today released an “Are You Kidding Me?” segment in support of Assembly Bill 1044 (Baker) that would repeal the “last-in, first-out” method for hiring teachers in California schools. Under California’s “last-in, first out” policy, school administrators are forced to lay off their most recent hiring when faced with a budget crisis. Assemblyman Jones says, “When we’re ranked 46th in education, we should be taking every step necessary to keep our most effective teachers where they are needed most. We need to fix this broken system so layoff decisions are made in the best interests of teachers and students.”
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) today released an “Are You Kidding Me?” segment reflecting on the freedoms we have as Americans as Independence Day approaches. According to the First in Freedom Index, based on state fiscal policy, education, regulations, and health care, California ranks 48th, making it one of the least free states in the country. Assemblyman Jones says, “We are supposed to be the land of the free, yet our state regulates our economy more than other states; taking money out of our pockets, telling us how to raise our kids, and even restricting the fireworks that we use to celebrate the 4th of July.”
Democrats Forcing Californians to Reduce Shower Times,
“Are You Kidding Me?”
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) today released an “Are You Kidding Me?” segment highlighting the misplaced priorities of Legislative Democrats regarding the water crisis. In November 2014, California voters approved Proposition 1, the water bond, which allocated $7.5 billion to various water projects throughout the state including $2.7 billion toward water storage. Assemblyman Jones says that the majority party has not made water supply a priority.
Sacramento over-reaching on your local water agencies,
“Are You Kidding Me?”
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) today highlights the importance of local control for water agencies after a Sacramento Bee article detailed a budget plan by Governor Brown and Democratic leadership to allow the State Water Board to consolidate water agencies without any public input.
SANTEE, CA– Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) is seeking nominations for 2015 Veteran of the Year. He invites you to submit a nomination to honor a veteran who lives within the 71st Assembly District. The award will recognize a veteran who has demonstrated exemplary military service, community engagement and support for veterans at a celebration in Sacramento on June 24th, 2015.
The nominee must be active duty or a retired veteran of one of the five Armed Forces of the United States, including Reserve or National Guard, or the United States Merchant Marines. To nominate a veteran, individuals can fill out a nomination form online, or fill out a hard copy and mail it to the district office, 10152 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, CA 92071 by no later than Friday, May 22nd by 5 p.m.
This past December, I was sworn in for my 3rd and final term in the California State Assembly. As a result of term limits, I won’t be able to run again for the 71st Assembly District.
Serving as an Assemblymember has been the honor of a lifetime, and I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish so far in Sacramento.
Yet, as so often happens in life, when one door closes, another one opens.
In 2018, the current State Senator representing the 38th District, Joel Anderson, will also be termed out. It’s my intention to run for that open Senate seat at that time – or sooner, if it becomes available before then.
SACRAMENTO, CA– Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) today stood with Southern California distillers and community leaders to support legislation to allow the direct sales of 3 bottles of distilled spirits per person at a distillery. Assembly Bill 1233 will effectively repeal the prohibition of direct sales, which dates back to the Prohibition-era in the 1930’s.
“California law currently just doesn’t make sense – the distilleries are allowed to have tastings on their premises but are barred from selling their product,” said Assemblyman Jones. “This is about supporting a thriving industry that started right here in the Golden State. By passing this law, we’re helping the small artisanal distillers by allowing them to directly sell to their consumers.”
Prohibiting local districts from building a savings account,
“Are You Kidding Me?”
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jones (R-Santee) today announced he has co-authored legislation repealing the cap on local school district budget reserves, which went into effect when Californians voted to create a Rainy Day Fund, requiring the state to save money each year, in November 2014. Governor Brown and Legislative Democrats passed Assembly Bill 1522 last session capping how much a local school district can save; however, with the caveat that it only go into effect should the voters approve the Rainy Day Fund.
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.”