Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hearing focus on Overview of UC’s Growing Expenditures

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance, convened the first overview hearing on the University of California’s (UC) budget.  In an indication of the gravity of the task at hand, the members of the committee were joined by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) who noted the enormity of the undertaking.  This hearing marks the beginning of the Assembly's zero-based budget review process.  Through this approach, every line item of UC’s budget must be approved, rather than only the changes from the previous year, to foster increased transparency and public discussion of the use of taxpayer dollars.

“This is the first of many hearings to review UC’s budget and examine the system’s enrollment patterns, performance, and growing expenditures” said Assemblymember McCarty.  “Our primary goal for higher education is to ensure access and affordability for our students, and to assure taxpayers and hard working families that their investment has been a wise one.  As such, any fee increases that may occur, for whatever reason, are absolutely necessary and accounted for by the State of California.”   

Friday, January 9, 2015

Statement from Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento) Chair of Budget Sub- Committee 2 on Education Finance, regarding the 2015-16 proposed budget:

“I am pleased with the Governor’s proposed budget blue print. The Governor’s focus is rightly on fiscal prudence, but also significantly reinvests in education from K-12, community colleges, and our higher education institutions.  This framework is a good starting point for the Legislature to engage the administration and I look forward to working with the Governor on these issues and others, particularly increasing access for low income families to preschool.”   

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bill would require independent panel to investigate civilian shootings

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Under legislation introduced today, cases like those of Eric Garner and Michael Brown in California would be investigated by a state independent law enforcement panel rather than a local district attorney.  AB 86 (McCarty, D-Sacramento) would require that any officer-involved shooting that results in the death of a civilian must be reviewed by an independent law enforcement panel established within the California Department of Justice.  The bill further requires the results of the investigation be submitted to the district attorney where the incident occurred, and the Attorney General.

“For far too long there has been a cloud of confusion surrounding police shootings, now is the time for California to be a leader on this issue.  The creation of an independent police review panel is a common sense solution which will create trust between the police the community,” said Assemblymember McCarty.  “District attorneys will no longer have to worry about investigating the police with whom they work so closely.  No one should be able to police themselves.”

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Police officers who fatally shoot suspects would be subject to an outside review under California legislation being introduced by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento.

The bill follows a number of intensely scrutinized police killings, both the deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, which drew national attention, and the case of an Army veteran, Parminder Singh Shergill, felled by police bullets in Lodi.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Another bill proposing to significantly expand state-funded preschool has been introduced in California.

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, is the author of AB 47, which would expand the state’s full-day preschool program for low-income children so that all eligible children are granted a spot. Currently, the program enrolls about 140,000 3- and 4-year-old students from families who make 70 percent of the California median annual income ($46,896 for a family of 4) or less. The state didn’t provide enough money to offer spots to another 32,000 children who meet the qualifications.

Assemblymember McCarty and local Professional Engineers in California Government members.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

(Calif.) Sacramento Democrat Kevin McCarty, newly-appointed chair of the Assembly’s budget subcommittee on education finance, wasted no time in the new legislative session taking up a cause that has gained serious momentum in the state but has yet to be fully enacted – preschool for all kids.

Debate over AB 47, as with the other 99 bills introduced the first week of the 2015-16 session, won’t begin until lawmakers reconvene Jan. 5, but there will be plenty to discuss.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) introduced a groundbreaking legislative proposal to ensure that all children have access to preschool regardless of their family’s income.  Under the provisions of AB 47, the California Department of Education will be required to work with the Legislature and the Department of Finance on how to bridge the preschool gap for the children of low income parents who aren’t already covered by the state’s preschool coverage efforts, which passed earlier this year as part of the state’s budget.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Will work to restore public safety and invest in public schools

(SACRMENTO) – Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) was sworn in as the Assemblymember for California’s 7th Assembly District today.

“It is an honor to serve residents of the 7th Assembly District,” said Assemblymember McCarty. “I grew up in this community and will dedicate my time in office to restoring the California Dream for future generations – starting with reinvesting in our P-16 education system. I am humbled by this opportunity and ready to get to work.”

Assembly District 7 includes the communities of Sacramento, West Sacramento, Rio Linda, Elverta, and Antelope. The ceremony was held on the Assembly floor of the State Capitol.

The oath of office was administered by California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu.