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Debt, Rainy Day Fund, Education Funding Should Be State’s Budget Priorities

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez
Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chair Melissa Melendez, District 67

Today, Governor Brown will release his budget proposal for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The release of the Governor’s budget officially kicks off the budget debate at the State Capitol. As the new vice chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, I look forward to representing Assembly Republicans throughout the budget process as we work toward a […]

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Legislature Should Not Stand in the Way of California’s Second Gold Rush

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez
Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chair Melissa Melendez, District 67

With oil prices at record highs and energy costs ever increasing and unemployment still through the roof, Californians are demanding the production of more affordable, alternative energy sources right here in the Golden State. Fortunately, we have an opportunity to do just that through the process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” When you consider […]

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Jury Trials Should be Decided by American Citizens

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez
Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chair Melissa Melendez, District 67

Legislation working its way through the State Capitol has sparked considerable debate in law schools and coffee shops across the state on a fundamental question – should non-citizens be allowed to serve on juries? The measure, Assembly Bill 1401 (Wieckowski) would authorize legal immigrants to serve on juries in both civil and criminal trials.  It […]

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CEQA: The Four Letter Word Democrats and Environmentalists Don’t Want You to Know

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez
Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chair Melissa Melendez, District 67

It’s no secret that California has a spending problem. In fact, it has an outright spending addiction. When one lives in a state with a spending addiction, such as ours, the chances are they are also addicted to taxes and the over regulation of small business. And when you’re addicted to taxes and the over […]

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