This week, the California legislature wrapped up its 2022 session. While California families are struggling to afford to pay for higher prices due to unprecedented inflation, our representatives passed legislation that will increase the cost of food and energy.
Energy is on the forefront of Californians' minds right now, and yet again, politicians in Sacramento are prioritizing partisan talking points over smart policy solutions.
Governor Newsom introduced a last-minute climate package that could cost taxpayers $130 billion, 8,000 jobs, and add $50,000 to the cost of a home. In a series of late-night votes, our representatives passed most of his proposals without vetting them through the proper committee approval process. Californians deserve better than this affront to the legislative process.
We all want to protect our environment and slow climate change, but the cost of energy – gas and electricity – is starting to financially cripple California families. Our representatives in Sacramento this week chose to increase energy costs in California instead of decreasing them. Californians deserve better. We can protect the environment while producing clean, cheap, and abundant energy.
Among the legislation that passed this week was SB 1137, which will increase our reliance on imported oil. At a time when it shows that foreign regimes impact our gas prices here in California, this bill was not the answer. Analysis project this bill will put over 8,000 jobs at risk and drive production out of California, making our energy crisis even worse.
The legislature also passed AB 257, which will increase costs and create a new statewide board that will have unprecedented power to write its own labor and employment laws for fast food restaurant employees. It's unbelievable that while California families are suffering under dramatic inflation, our leaders in Sacramento worked to increase the cost of food.
Californians deserve better than what our legislators gave us this week. When I'm elected, I'll work to increase deliberation and transparency and fight against last-minute proposals and back-room dealmaking, as we saw at the end of the session.
There is a better way. My solutions will help support California families and lower the cost of living in our state.
Join my campaign, and let's bring some common sense back to Sacramento.
Your Candidate for Assembly District 47