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Notes from Toni: January 2016

Posted: January 1st, 2016 | Columnists, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Speaker of the Assembly Every other January marks an interesting time in the Capitol. As you might know, the state Legislature works in two-year sessions. The current session began last January and concludes on Aug. 31, 2016. Since we’re right in the middle, it’s a good time to reflect on the […]

Notes from Toni: December 2015

Posted: December 4th, 2015 | Columnists, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni Atkins| Speaker of the Assembly From Dec. 5 through Dec. 11, Paris, France is hosting the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP 21. Nearly 50,000 heads of state, climate leaders, policy experts, and others from all over the world are expected to attend. The last […]

Notes from Toni: October 2015

Posted: October 2nd, 2015 | Columnists, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins |Speaker of Assembly As I embarked on this year’s legislative session, one of my primary motivators was a 2014 Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) report showing half of California’s children live in poverty or near poverty. This spurred my colleagues and I to work harder to seek solutions for Californians […]

Notes from Toni: August 2015

Posted: August 7th, 2015 | Columnists, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Assembly Speaker Taxing road wear Our state highways and bridges and our local streets and roads are in serious disrepair and it’s impacting all of us, from how much we pay to maintain our cars and how much personal time we lose sitting in traffic, to how much our economy is […]

Notes from Toni: July 2015

Posted: July 3rd, 2015 | Columnists, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Speaker of the Assembly Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court made history by ruling to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. It also marked the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

Notes from Toni: Small biz wrap up

Posted: June 5th, 2015 | Columnists, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Speaker of the Assembly Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. There are more than 3.5 million of them in California, and they account for more than half the jobs in our state. It’s important to celebrate and recognize the successful stores, restaurants, offices, and family businesses that contribute […]