Sacramento– Today, Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) named Elizabeth Wynn as the 26th Assembly District’s 2021 Woman of the Year.  “Elizabeth Wynn’s commitment to bless her community through service is inspiring. She strengthens the valley as she works for everyone’s right to access to health care, food, shelter, and education,” said Mathis. “To say that Elizabeth, or Liz as I know her, is a helpful individual is a huge understatement.  I have seen her work for hours, days, and weeks on projects and events just to make sure they were perfect. It’s not always easy to recognize a single person as a community leader; however, it’s quite simple in Liz’s case.”
Sacramento– Today, Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) supported the plan to reopen our state’s school systems.  The bill, AB 86, incentivizes public schools to plan for and provide in-person instruction by March 31, 2021. “I stand in support with my local superintendents and parents in reopening our schools,” said Mathis. “I’m grateful that this bill goes a long way to funding our schools to ensure that this reopening process is expedited, not financially burdensome to our school districts, and addresses the widespread learning loss that has been seen across the state.”
Sacramento– Today, Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) introduced AB 542, the Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) Act.  This bill expands upon the Federal EKIP program and grants free access to California’s state parks for 4th graders. “More than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many lack easy access to safe outdoor spaces. At the same time, and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids are spending more time than ever before in front of screens instead of being outside,” said Mathis. “The EKIP program provides 4th graders with valuable opportunities to explore, learn, and play in the spectacular places that belong to us all, as well as inspire the stewardship of these places for future generations.”
Sacramento– Today, Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) pushes back against an unbalanced budget.  June 15 has been the designated date by which the California Legislature must act on the state budget. The deadline was given a little more authority a decade ago by requiring forfeiture of legislators’ pay for every day the budget is not passed. To prevent this loss, the budget process was hastily expedited with little public or legislative participation. “Once again we see more sleight of hand from the majority party,” said Mathis. “All we did today was ratify a half-cooked framework. Given the current circumstances and with so many struggling families, we should be prioritizing ways to make California more affordable.”
Assemblymember Devon Mathis Responds to May Revise Sacramento– Today, Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) responds to Governor Gavin Newsom May Revise. Gov. Newsom today unveiled a revised state budget that reflects the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, shaving $19 billion off the January spending plan he released when state coffers were brimming with money. The revised plan reflects a 22% drop in revenue and calls for general fund spending of $133.9 billion, down from $153 billion in January. The total state budget is pegged at $203 billion, a $19 billion drop from just four months ago. Mathis as a member of the Assembly Budget Committee is very nervous regarding the Governors speech today.