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Wilk’s Statement on Governor’s ‘Recall Reopening’

By   /  April 8, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Today, Governor Newsom announced he expected the state to return to a more normal, pre-pandemic days and to open the economy by June 15. If this is true, and the state can open safely, it is time to end the emergency authority given to the […]

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EDD Website Down, Leaving Unemployed Californians Out of Luck Again

By   /  March 22, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento,CA- Once again, California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) has failed unemployed Californians.  Media Outlets  report that the state agency’s website went down at some point over the weekend and is still unable to process claimants’ information today.  Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) released the following statement: “EDD’s page ‘isitdownrightnow’ says it all. The agency’s IT is so […]

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One Year Later: Newsom’s ‘One-Man Rule’ Cripples California’s Economy, Businesses, & Students’ Livelihoods

By   /  March 22, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA – It has been 365 day since Governor Newsom issued a stay-at-home order with the promise that it would be only for a few weeks to fight the pandemic and flatten the curve. Fifty-seven Executive Orders later, an estimated 19,000 businesses have shuttered their doors and others are teetering on the brink of […]

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Senate Republican Leader Wilk Says “Let Them Play”

By   /  February 20, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento. CA — Student-athletes, coaches, and parents received welcoming news today as the California Public Health Department released its guidance to allow youth and recreational sports to resume on February 26. Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) is a proud co-author of the “Let Them Play” Resolution and releases the following statement:  “After hearing from parents and student-athletes up and down […]

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Governor Joins Senate Republicans – Provide Economic Relief for Small Businesses

By   /  February 18, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA – Today, small businesses are receiving a helping hand as portions of the legislative measure authored by Republican Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) are incorporated into the state budget. Senator Borgeas and members of the California State Senate Republican Caucus, who are coauthors of this bipartisan measure, have been pushing the Governor and Legislative Democrats to provide […]

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Senate Committee Approves Retroactive Changes to State Law to Pay “Team Biden” Firm

By   /  February 18, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Sacramento, CA – Today, Democrats on the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee approved Governor Newsom’s proposal to change state law retroactively to hand over $35 million to the partisan political firm SKDK, who simultaneously campaigned to elect President Biden last year and conducted “voter outreach.” Their work included e-mails to legislative staff. As written […]

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Senate Republicans Ask Newsom – Ensure Auditor’s Recommendations Are Adopted

By   /  February 12, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sarah Downey | February, 2021 Sacramento, CA –As officials work to address the escalation of fraudulent claims at the Employment Development Department (EDD), the Republican Senate caucus has called for the governor to ensure there’s a system to handle tax payment forms erroneously sent to victims of identity theft. “Governor Newsom’s unemployment department has failed Californians who have […]

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Second State EDD Audit Report Reinforces Need for UI Fraud Prevention Legislation

By   /  January 28, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) responds to the release of secondary audit results by the non-partisan State Auditor on the mismanaged Employment Development Department (EDD). Last summer, Senate Republicans called for a comprehensive audit of the EDD. Today’s audit results documented egregious failures of the EDD to prevent fraud including the department taking six months to even […]

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Senate Republicans Demand Newsom Improve State’s Vaccine Distribution Efforts

By   /  January 14, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) and several members of the California Senate Republican Caucus recently delivered a letter to Governor Newsom demanding that he set the state’s vaccine distribution as a priority. The California Department of Public Health says California has received more than 2.4 million vaccines, yet according to the Bloomberg vaccine tracker, California […]

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Senate Republicans Request Columbus Statue Remain at State Capitol

By   /  June 29, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Columbus’ Last Appeal to Queen Isabella statueSacramento, CA — As plans are underway to remove the ‘Columbus’ Last Appeal to Queen Isabella statue’, Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) and members of the California Senate Republican Caucus recently signed on to a letter urging members of the Joint Rules Committee to keep the sculpture in the State Capitol.The historical monument […]

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Senate Approves Measure to Eliminate Filing Fees for Non-Profits

By   /  June 25, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Sacramento, CA — The California State Senate today approved Senate Bill 934 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would eliminate filing fees for non-profit organizations applying for a state tax exemption. Senator Bates authored SB 934 in partnership with the Franchise Tax Board (FTB). “SB 934 will help non-profits save money, reduce paperwork, and make more […]

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Democrats Vote Down Election Integrity Measure

By   /  January 10, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — Senate Democrats killed Senate Bill 57 in the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. SB 57 would have helped to fix the Democrats’ failed Motor Voter program. Authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and co-authored by members of the California Senate Republican Caucus, SB 57 would have made voter registration optional at the DMV. Since […]

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Job Creator Workforce Development Bill Moves to Senate

By   /  May 30, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

A California Chamber of Commerce-supported education bill aiming to increase the pool of skilled workers has passed the Assembly with unanimous support. AB 669 (Berman; D-Palo Alto) extends the Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) program within the California Community College system through July 1, 2023. The bill will ensure that the program continues to provide […]

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