State Senator Mark DeSaulnier will speak on the California Budget including Governor Brown’s proposed budget cuts. This discussion is very timely: the new proposed budget must be approved by the state Legislature by June 30! Mark will also give updates on other current issues such as pension reform and high speed rail. Bring your questions and concerns!
Background: Mark DeSaulnier was elected to the Senate in November 2008. In his first term, he has taken a leadership role on a variety of key issues including government reform, labor, transportation, the environment, health care, local government, and public safety. DeSaulnier brings a breadth of experience to the Legislature and public service.
In the Senate, DeSaulnier now chairs the Transportation and Housing Committee and the Subcommittee No. 3 of Budget and Fiscal Review Committee pertaining to Health and Human Service. In addition he sits on the Senate Committees on Budget & Fiscal Review, Health, Energy, Utilities & Communications, Labor & Industrial Relations, and Governance & Finance as well as the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Joint Legislative Sunset Review Committee. He also chairs the Senate Select Committees on Excellence and Innovation in State Government; Restoring California’s Middle Class; and Small Business and the Underground Economy.
In California’s Statehouse, DeSaulnier’s top legislative priority has been working to reform state governance, including a comprehensive package of reforms sponsored by California Forward. Other priorities include: safe and efficient roads and highways, allowing companies to organize as more community-active corporate citizens, protecting public health, reducing Californians’ exposure to tobacco, protecting homeowners from foreclosure, tightening up the parole system and oversight of sex offenders, making it easier for people to donate life-saving bone marrow and organs, and fighting abuse of prescription narcotics.
1) Dinner at 6:15 pm ($30)
2) TALK ONLY 7:00 pm ($5 suggested donation)