Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
It’s been a busy year on the legislative front and since session has ended I’ve had the opportunity to spend more time out in the First Senate District meeting with constituents.
I’ve encountered many wonderful people and have received great comments, suggestions and feedback from citizens with concerns about our state. I’m confident that together, we can make California a better place to live, work and raise our families.
The holidays are upon us and I wanted to take the time to wish you and your families a safe and joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
2019 is going to be an exciting year and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that await us. It has been an honor to serve you in the Senate.
Kicking Off Christmas
Senator Gaines and former Assemblywoman Beth Gaines kick off the holiday season by participating in the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce’s 35th Annual Fair Oaks Christmas in the Village parade.
Senator Gaines and former Assemblywoman Beth Gaines deliver Thanksgiving turkeys to Gary Burt with Twin Lakes Food Bank of Folsom.
’Tis the season for giving, and what better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday than by giving turkeys to those in need. I was proud to partner with California American Water, Golden State Water Company and Save Mart Supermarket for the 28th annual “Operation Gobble” program - an event that provided 200 fresh Thanksgiving turkeys to local non-profits in the Sacramento area. I’m so proud to be associated with this event that delivered a Thanksgiving meal to local families who may have otherwise gone without.
Champion of Manufacturing
Every fall after the legislative session comes to an end, many associations put together an analysis on legislator votes in order to hold them accountable for their actions and to inform their members how lawmakers represented them on key issues.
I am proud to report The California Manufacturing & Technology Association (CMTA) named me a “Champion of Manufacturing” on their 2018 Manufacturing Vote Record. CMTA represents 400 businesses from the entire manufacturing community – an economic sector that generates more than $230 billion every year and employs more than 1.2 million Californians.
I am honored to stand with this organization in the fight against the over-spending crisis that plagues Sacramento. As a business owner myself, I know the hurdles and burdens hardworking taxpayers face every day. California should be creating opportunities for individuals and businesses to thrive, not stifling their growth with excessive taxes and onerous regulations.
Honoring Officer Donald Mason
Senator Gaines and former Assemblywoman Beth Gaines present a Senate certificate to Officer Donald Mason.
I recently recognized Roseville Police Officer Donald Mason at Adelante High School in Placer County for his distinguished service in law enforcement. Police officers put their lives on the line every day to protect our safety and I am so grateful for their dedication and service to our community.
More Government Spending Equals More Taxes
The supermajority was determined during the 2018 legislative session to make it even more expensive for families to live in California. I penned an op-ed published in The Union detailing the Legislative Democrats’ assault on the pocketbooks of California’s families through their bad policies.
This year, Gov. Brown signed legislation that will add an additional $680 million annually in general fund spending. Remember, this is not growth in existing spending; it’s brand new spending that stacked on top of the already heavy taxpayer burden… That already big number excludes the premier budget-busting bill that will cost taxpayers billions every year while at the same time making them less safe and breaking down social order, Senate Bill 10. SB 10 eliminates cash bail in California and replaces it with a court-operated pre-trial risk assessment program, meaning that the government will be eliminating the huge, privately funded and taxpaying bail bond industry with a massive increase in government employees and bureaucracy. Estimates based on similar bail reform in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. suggest that California’s new, additional taxpayer cost resulting from this change could be a staggering $7.8 billion a year… Spending is taxes. After this legislative session, California taxpayers can look forward to putting more and more of their paychecks towards an ever-expanding state.
Click here to read my entire op-ed in The Union.
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