Press Releases

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Justin Turner June 15, 2020 (916) 335-6378 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…
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…
SACRAMENTO- Six members of the Assembly Republican Caucus have introduced bills to address California’s energy and environmental challenges. This package includes budget requests, vegetation management plans, electrified public transit and a park expansion project. These bills will better the lives of all Californians. Republican Leader Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) submitted a budget request letter to secure money for vegetation management near streets and roads, in an effort to prevent vehicles from sparking roadside brush that could turn into a wildfire. “California’s natural beauty must be…
  SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Devon J. Mathis (R-Visalia) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address: “The Governor made a lot of good points today in his state of the state address. However, the facts are simple. The Democrats have had the majority for quite some time. The Republicans have been calling for the streamlining of CEQA and cutting red tape on housing for years.” “We need to deal with the underlining problem of mental and behavioral health. Not all of the issues the Governor stated can be solved by just giving someone a…
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Devon J. Mathis (R-Visalia) announces the introduction of AB 2249, The High-Speed Rail Authority Accountability Act. This measure will require strict legislative oversight of the High-Speed Rail Authority (the Authority). “The Authority has been operating with carte blanche for far too long,” said Mathis. “Session after session, the Authority comes before the Legislature and presents a shell of a business plan without any validation offered for such enormous cost-overruns. It’s time that we take back the Authority’s autonomy.” The California High-Speed Rail…
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman Devon Mathis, Republican Whip, (R-Visalia) issued the following statement in response to the release of Gov. Newsom’s budget proposal: California state budget breaks record, tops $220 billion, but we also have to remember California has a staggering number of homeless people compared with the rest of the country. The homeless population last year was almost 130,000, nearly a quarter of the national total, federal data showed. Homelessness is also a more visible part of life in California. A vast majority of its homeless people are unsheltered, living under…
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Republican Whip Devon Mathis (Visalia) issued the following statement on the California Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to strike down SB 27, Democrats’ attempt to suppress Republican voters by blocking the President from appearing on the state’s primary ballot in 2020: “When they passed the SB 27, Democrats proved they never let the Constitution get in the way of wasting taxpayer dollars or trying to silence those who disagree with them. Thank you to the Supreme Court for striking down this illegal voter suppression effort and upholding our nation’s laws and…
For Immediate Release, November 19, 2019 Contact: David Kline (916) 930-3108 or davidk@caltax.org More Than $4.4 Billion a Year in Higher Taxes and Fees Signed Into Law in 2019 SACRAMENTO – During the first year of the 2019-20 legislative session, state lawmakers and the governor approved more than $4.4 billion a year in higher taxes and fees, the nonpartisan California Tax Foundation reported today. The foundation’s Tax and Fee Report describes all taxes and fees proposed, lists the current status of each measure, and details how lawmakers voted. The tax and fee increases enacted this…
Assemblyman Mathis Calls on Governor to Power Schools Visalia – Today, Assemblyman Devon J. Mathis (R-Visalia) calls on the Governor to allocate funding to the Office of Emergency Services (OES) for the purchasing and deployment of large-scale generators in areas affected by the recent power shut offs. “With the normalization of these power shut offs and the expectation for continued outages in the future, something needs to be done to make sure our schools have power to continue our children’s educations,” said Mathis. “If we supply OES with large-scale generators that the can easily…
RE: AB 590 (Mathis): Milk Dear Governor Newsom: I request that you sign into law AB 590, authored by Assembly Members Mathis and Eggman. AB 590 will amend the Food and Agricultural Code to conform provisions related to Dairy Council of California (council) and the Milk Producer Security Trust Fund (Fund) to the recent adoption of the California Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO). With the enactment of the FMMO, authorizing statutes for these two programs require amendments to allow them to continue to operate. In the case of the Council, the mechanism used to collect and disburse farmer…