Press Releases

SACRAMENTO- Today, Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (Yuba City) issued a statement after Governor Newsom sent a letter to the California Air Resources Board urging them to allow oil refineries to begin making and distributing a cheaper winter blend of gasoline.  “The Governor just doesn't get it. Every other state is seeing relief from high gas prices. The problem in California is policy. We need major action on these prices, starting with suspending the gas tax and additional fees that make our gas so much more expensive here. All of these fees should be paused to account for…
Sacramento – Today Governor Newsom signed Assemblyman James Gallagher’s (R-Yuba City) Assembly Bill 1249 to make PG&E wildfire victims’ settlement payments tax-free.  AB 1249 will provide financial relief to wildfire victims by exempting them from paying state taxes on settlement payments made out of PG&E’s “Fire Victims Trust”.   Gallagher said, “Today is a big victory for fire victims, and one I hope provides a precedent for future disaster settlements. Victims deserve to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible from PG&E, especially since the trust is underfunded…
SACRAMENTO- Today, Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (Yuba City) responded to what some are calling the largest overnight jump in gas prices in the last seven years: “Another predictable forecast in California today: Sunny with high cost of gas and downward pressure on your disposable income. Paying more than $5 or $6 for a gallon of gas is absurd. The Governor and the Democrat super-majority cannot really expect Californians to accept this as the new normal. Republicans stand ready and united to suspend the 54-cent gas tax to provide real immediate relief,” said Gallagher. According…
SACRAMENTO –Today, Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (Yuba City) issued a statement after an oversight hearing was held to evaluate the Employment Development Department's (EDD) responsibility for paying out nearly $20 billion in fraudulent claims during the pandemic. However, there are new claims that this figure could be much closer to $32 billion when accounting for current ongoing scams. “The EDD catastrophe cost our state a fortune and eroded people’s trust with their money. As usual, Governor Newsom promised to fix this problem and has done nothing. We are actually learning…
SACRAMENTO- Today, members of the Assembly Republican Caucus sent a letter to Superintendent of California Schools Tony Thurmond and the California Department of Education urging them to provide an immediate release date and an explanation for the delay for the results of the "Smarter Balanced" English, math and science statewide tests. "As an mom, educator, and longtime special needs advocate, I know that early detection and treatment is always the best approach to addressing learning deficits. I am infuriated at CDE for their irresponsible and negligent refusal to release this data in a…
SACRAMENTO- Today, Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (Yuba City) released a video statement after yesterday, September 25, marked 200 days since Capitol Democrats promised action on skyrocketing gas prices in California and have provided zero results.  Watch the full video by clicking here. Regular grade gasoline has fetched an average of nearly $6.00 per gallon, currently the highest in the United States. Download a press packet here and a copy of Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher's video here.     ###
SACRAMENTO- Today, Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (Yuba City) issued a statement in response to the state ban on natural gas heaters by 2030 and a new report from UC Berkeley that showed ratepayers are shouldering a burden of $678 on top of their electricity bills in extra costs. “Capitol Democrats are taking every opportunity to increase your cost of living. All of this extra money doesn’t even go to paying to keep the lights on and maintaining utility infrastructure. This is even more frustrating given the rolling blackouts we were faced with earlier this year. “Their solution?…
SACRAMENTO –Today, Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (Yuba City) issued a statement after Governor Newsom signed a host of climate change initiatives that were introduced less than two weeks before the end of the 2022 legislative session. “These climate change bills are going to heap more costs onto potential homeowners and businesses, all while making our already-unreliable energy grid even more unreliable. It becomes clearer each day that Democrats don’t care about affordability, just about following their radical ideology and letting Governor Newsom grandstand for his Presidential…
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (Yuba City) issued a statement after sending a number of veto request letters to the Governor: "I oppose these bills because they continue the dangerous Democratic policy of letting everyone out of prison and removing the penalty for crime. They also increase the cost of almost everything from housing to energy to food. They impede your ability to recall politicians who are failing their constituents and abusing their power. And, perhaps most egregiously, AB 2223 removes all civil and criminal liability and, in fact, doesn't even…
SACRAMENTO- Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (Yuba City) issued a statement in response to Governor Newsom’s scheduled signing of Senate Bill 1338 today, legislation that establishes the CARE Court framework:   “The same Governor and Democrat super-majority that created California’s culture of lawlessness and human suffering on our streets is once again pre-maturely patting themselves on the back. Although better than nothing, CARE court essentially amounts to a new bureaucratic half-measure," said Gallagher.  "It's not the groundbreaking policy change we need. It will help some…