Jan 4, 2013
To my friends in the 4th Senate District:
Even though Assemblyman Nielsen has never been my representative, I have known this gentleman since 2007 when I met him at a veterans’ event in Redding. Since then, we crossed paths a few times at other veterans’ events and I decided to support him in his race for the 4th District seat.
We have this runoff because he just missed out getting a 50%+1 so I am asking that you please get out and vote for Jim on the 8th.
As a rancher, he has a vested interest in our way of life as rural Americans. Included in this is the protection of our property rights against federal intrustion.
Jim is fully aware of Agenda 21 (now called Future Earth to help confuse everyone) and he is committed to fight it just as we “Agenders” are.
Jim is not a “go along to get along” elected official; he has, AND WILL CONTINUE, to look out for the best interests of HIS CONSTITUENTS!
TAXATION w/o REPRESENTATION? He is one of the LEADERS in the fight to get the illegal fire tax (aka ‘fee’) rescinded!
I respectfully request that you take the time to do what is written below to ensure that we have one more sane mind and voice in our state senate.
United States Navy (Ret)
P.S. Some of you reside very close to the boundary lines of the district, but I don’t know if you’re in the 4th or not. So if you aren’t, please excuse this post.
Aug 24, 2012
Newsletter from Assemblyman Jim Nielsen
Some in Sacramento have made the argument that real and significant budget cuts have been made in recent years. A recent Sacramento Bee article highlighted the view shared by the majority party that “spending (today) is 11 percent below the state’s pre-recession peak.”
But a closer look at recent spending decisions being made at the State Capitol shows that spending is actually on the rise.
The 2012-13 budget adopted in June grows state General Fund expenditures by $4.3 billion (from $87.0 billion to $91.3 billion), a nearly 5% increase. Total spending is slated to grow to $142.6 billion from $135.1 billion last year, an increase of 6%. In the last two weeks of session, the California Budget Fact Check found that the Legislature continues to pass legislation that will add billions in new spending. Specifically:
Last week, 358 bills passed out of the fiscal committees of both houses. Those bills are estimated to cost taxpayers over $2.3 billion.
$1.5 billion of those new expenditures will be expended by special funds. $800 million in spending will be General Fund expenditures. If these bills were enacted to begin this year, General Fund spending would be $92.1 billion, up from $87 billion last year.
In addition to direct state spending increases, the fiscal committees passed out a number of bills that would make new local taxes easier by eroding existing taxpayer constitutional protections and reducing the vote threshold needed to impose new taxes at the local level.
A new report by the United States Census Bureau shows that the number of state government workers in 2011 was 9.3 percent higher than the state workforce in 2001, from roughly 372,000 employees to more than 407,000. This was in spite of efforts taken over the past several years to freeze state hiring and leave vacant positions open.
Aug 17, 2012
The recent scandal involving senior ranking parks officials using state funds for unauthorized vacation buyouts has brought new attention to compensation for state workers. Recent budgets have included reductions for public employee compensation costs. This week, California Budget Fact Check examines all employee cost drivers.
The California Budget Fact Check found that:
The 2012-13 budget assumes one-time General Fund savings of $420 million from employee compensation. These savings are achieved by adopting a one day a month unpaid Personal Leave Program (PLP) for most state workers, which represents a 4.6% pay reduction. According to the Legislative Analyst, the savings are one-time in nature and may cost the state more in the long run.
State employees will continue to receive salary increases in 2012-13, at a cost of more than $110 million. Since 2008-09, state employees have received salary increases that have cost state taxpayers more than $1.7 billion.
In the current budget, the state will pay $350 million more than last year in increased retirement costs. No provisions to curtail growing retirement costs were adopted as part of the budget.