The State Budget is Not a Ham Sandwich

Senator Bob Huff
Senate Republican Leader, representing the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties

Last week, Senate Democrats voted for forty empty budget “spot” bills (bills without any content) so that they can quietly pass a budget later this summer without allowing time for public inspection.  This is possible because of Proposition 25 (2010), which allows for budget-related bills enacted on a majority vote to take effect immediately.    Since Democrats have […]

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Democrats Defeat Measure to Protect Teachers and Students

Senator Bob Huff
Senate Republican Leader, representing the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties

Democrats who control the Senate Education Committee voted down a measure today to protect California teachers and save valuable school resources. SB 559, which I authored, would have moved the state mandated deadlines for preliminary and final teacher layoff notices so that school districts can better understand their budget revenues before sending notices to teachers. […]

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BART Unions Must Honor a No-Strike Contract Clause

Senator Bob Huff
Senate Republican Leader, representing the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties

I have introduced legislation that would compel BART employees to honor the no-strike clause in their labor contract. SB 423 was introduced to prompt a solution and provide the San Francisco Bay Area some relief from the pending BART strike in October. In a letter to Governor Brown, I asked that the governor call a […]

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Majority Party Walks Away from Students

Senator Bob Huff
Senate Republican Leader, representing the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties

SACRAMENTO: Legislation that would have allowed schools to protect their best teachers was defeated by Democrats in the Senate Education Committee today. SB 453, authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), would have allowed districts to make staffing decisions based on performance evaluations and factors other than a teacher’s simple date of hire […]

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Senate Republican Leader Huff Challenges CA Attorney General to Take Action on CA Parks and CalFire Funding Scandals

Senator Bob Huff
Senate Republican Leader, representing the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties

Editor’s Note: Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) publicly called on the California Attorney General to take action against those individuals in the CA Parks and Recreation Department who deliberately attempted to hide $20 million in taxpayer money. The following remarks are from today’s Senate Floor address. Mr. President and Colleagues: Tomorrow, April 12th, […]

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Now Can We Start Creating Jobs?

Senator Bob Huff
Senate Republican Leader, representing the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties

Last November, Californians risked their money on state government. Despite five years of closed businesses, lost jobs, and replacement jobs that pay far less, Californians trusted the state with more of their hard-earned money. With some of the highest tax rates in the nation, Governor Jerry Brown has declared California’s government is on the road […]

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We Cannot Continue to Ignore Significant Problems Facing California

Senator Bob Huff
Senate Republican Leader, representing the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties

In the past few weeks, Californians’ taxes have increased and take-home pay has fallen. Many of us are left wondering what Governor Jerry Brown will say tomorrow during his State of the State Address. What will he focus on? Will he talk about sacrifices and hardships faced by so many across this state? Or will […]

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A Legislative Session of “Missed Opportunities”

Senator Bob Huff
Senate Republican Leader, representing the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties

While Democrats were given an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to creating jobs, controlling spending, and protecting our school children from predators, this session can only be described as one of “missed opportunities.” The only reason you will hear the Governor and Democratic leaders calling this one of the most productive legislative sessions in recent […]

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Education Committee Puts Union Interests First – Students Last

Senator Bob Huff
Senate Republican Leader, representing the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties

Education reform legislation I authored was voted down in the Senate Education Committee yesterday following an outburst of opposition from union interests that were bent on protecting the status quo. SB 355 would have allowed school districts in California to base layoffs on teacher performance rather than just teacher seniority. The measure is part of a broader, nationwide wave of school reform that will allow school districts to foster and retain quality teachers.

With our schools struggling to increase their education quality, I’m disappointed the Senate education committee chose the status quo related to which teachers we let go. Half of our state’s schools are experiencing declining enrollment. Regardless of this year’s difficult budget, layoffs are being made. The defeat of SB 355 means incompetent teachers are still given preference to better teachers because of the quality blind approach we currently use.

Union members with the California Teachers’ Association showed up in force during the committee hearing to oppose my reform efforts, and at the same time, defend the “Last in, First Out” (LIFO) hiring policy. This policy ensures that, no matter how proficient many teachers are, no matter how hard they work, no matter how well they teach, they will receive layoff notices solely based on the date they were hired.

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SCA 11 Allows State Agencies to Contract Out for Services

Senator Bob Huff
Senate Republican Leader, representing the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties

I have introduced new
legislation that will allow government agencies to contract out for supplies
and services with private business. Senate Constitutional Amendment (SCA) 11
will make government operations more affordable and efficient by encouraging
competition among private market service and equipment providers.

If you can find a
product or service in the Yellow Pages, the State of California should be using
those services rather than creating new bureaucracies at taxpayer expense. It’s
no secret that the private sector can do anything government does and usually
more efficiently, and at less cost.

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