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Sacramento – Assemblyman James Gallagher’s (R-Yuba City) effort to make PG&E wildfire victims settlement payments tax free cleared another hurdle today when the Assembly Appropriations Committee passed AB 1249, legislation that would 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, “Victims deserve to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible from PG&E, especially in light of recent reports that the trust might not be able to pay victims the full…
SACRAMENTO – On Monday, legislation co-authored by Assemblyman Gallagher (R-Yuba City) was approved by the Assembly Natural Resources committee with unanimous support.  Assembly Bill 1078 provides additional flexibility to victims of disaster by expanding a law that provides relief from costly solar panel requirements. “Solar panels add $10,000 to $30,000 to the cost of a home, at a time when building costs are already extremely high. AB 1078 will provide additional financial relief for individuals and families that have lost their home due to a disaster,” said Gallagher. Previous…
SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) released the following statement on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest inflation data, which showed prices jumped 7% in December - the highest rate since 1982:  “Californians are finding it harder and harder to pay their rent, fill up the tank and put food on the table. The wealthy elitists who run this state may be doing just fine, but most everyone else is struggling. The Legislature and the Governor have an opportunity this year to take a look around and realize how their policies are absolutely crushing families and small…
SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblyman Gallagher (R-Yuba City), along with his Assembly Republican colleagues, called for an independent analysis of the cost and potential impacts of Democrats’ proposed takeover of California’s health care system. In a letter to Assembly Rules Committee Chair Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Gallagher and others called for the Legislative Analyst Office to conduct a Citizen Cost Impact Analysis of AB 1400 to determine the true expense of the proposal and the impact it will have on California’s budget, workers, health care delivery system and patients. “A proposal of…
Sacramento – Today the Assembly Committee on Revenue & Taxation passed AB 1249, Assemblyman James Gallagher’s (R-Yuba City) legislation that would 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, “AB 1249 is a straightforward fix that would clarify state tax exemption criteria for victims of three of the most destructive fires in California’s history. Victims deserve to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible from PG&E, especially in light of recent…
SACRAMENTO– Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) today issued the following statement in response to the release of Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2022-2023 state budget: “Governor Newsom’s budget, in typical fashion, throws more taxpayer money at issues without substantive reforms or appropriate oversight. A prime example of this is his $255 million proposal for law enforcement grants to deter retail theft while not reforming soft on crime policies like Proposition 47 that would actually disincentivize crime.  More money will make zero difference if criminals are arrested and immediately…
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman Gallagher along with Senate and Assembly Republicans called on Governor Newsom to convene an Extraordinary Special Session of the Legislature to immediately address homelessness, rather than waiting for action through the traditional Legislative calendar for 2022.  "California has been throwing money at this problem for decades but it keeps getting worse. The Governor needs to call for an Extraordinary Session to look for real reform, not just the short sided focus on homelessness we’ve seen for years. Throwing money at the issue will not make it go away. We…
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) has teamed up Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) and a dozen other legislators to introduce legislation that will repeal Proposition 47, the ballot initiative that reclassified a number of felony theft offenses as misdemeanors. Gallagher said that the bill, Assembly Bill 1599, is aimed at reining in California’s crime wave. “Proposition 47 has been nothing short of a colossal failure across the state. The unprecedented increase in property crime in the North State and across California is a direct result of this failed policy. When there is no…
YUBA CITY – Today, Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) joined with other lawmakers calling on the Governor to authorize an Extraordinary Session of the Legislature as soon as possible to address the nation’s supply chain crisis. “We need bold action. The political speeches and mild gestures aren’t cutting it,” said Gallagher. “The entire US economy is threatened by this crisis. We need leadership. Lawmakers need to return to the State Capitol to get this straightened out.” Roughly 40 percent of containers entering the United States from foreign countries pass through either the Port…
SACRAMENTO – Today, the State Senate unanimously approved legislation designed to fast-track major infrastructure projects in the Town of Paradise. Assembly Bill 36, authored by Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), will allow the Town of Paradise and the Paradise Irrigation District to utilize the design-build procurement method to advance future sewer and water projects. “Government needs to do more than just react to crises. Butte County is perfectly positioned to begin moving forward with these two much needed infrastructure projects – and that’s…