Press Releases

SACRAMENTO – The California State Auditor having concluded the audit of SOCWA, presented to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) its findings and recommendations regarding their audit of the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA). After this week’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee meeting, committee member Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) stated, “When our committee considered Senator Pat Bates and Assemblyman Brough’s request to audit SOCWA, I was troubled to hear the allegations of the JPA’s financial transparency issues. The State Auditor’s findings of…
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Local Government Committee unanimously approved Assembly Bill 2558 by Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point). AB 2558 would extend protections to voters and citizens by ensuring any attempt to consolidate the elected roles of the treasurer-tax collector and the auditor-controller, the fiduciary and financial watchdogs of public funds, to an appointed position be first approved by voters. Assemblyman Brough is pleased to introduce the legislation with the support of the California Association of County Treasurers-Tax Collectors and the Orange County Auditor-…
SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Bill Brough (R – Dana Point) introduced AB 1900 – an economic incentive package that could be the catalyst for large employers like Amazon and Apple to locate and expand in California. "California needs to shed its image as an unfriendly business state," said Brough. “For every reason a corporation should choose California, which includes a diverse, highly educated, tech-savvy workforce, and top-ranked universities, ports, and international airports, there remain concerns by many citing the state's high taxes and burdensome regulations.” Since 2012, the Tax…
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) issued the following statement in response to the release of Governor Brown’s 2018 budget proposal: “With record setting spending, this budget is not fiscally responsible nor does it reflect the priorities of every day Californians to see more tax dollars returned to their wallets. “With income taxes almost $4 billion more than projected and a substantial budget surplus this illustrates the fact that taxes are simply too high in California. Washington is returning tax dollars to the working Americans, yet Californians continue to…
SACRAMENTO – On the day the Legislature returned for the 2018 session, Assemblyman Bill Brough (R–Dana Point) introduced Assembly Bill 1756, which would repeal the Gas Tax (Senate Bill 1, Beall) that took effect last November. “Last year, Sacramento Democrats robbed every Californian of their voice and robbed them of their paychecks by unilaterally imposing the largest gas tax in state history,” said Brough. “While continually deferring to pay for road maintenance, the state’s General Fund revenue and spending has reached an all-time high. We should be using the tax dollars Californians…
San Juan Capistrano, CA - California State Assemblyman Bill Brough announced his plans to introduce special economic incentive legislation that could provide a billion dollars in tax breaks for Amazon over the next decade. “Orange County is a strong pro-business region that can accommodate the 50,000 new high-paying jobs Amazon wishes to create. This legislation sends a message that California is serious about repealing its image as a non-business friendly state,” said Brough. In a recent Brietbart article, Joseph Vranich, President of Spectrum Location Solutions in Irvine, CA found that…
  SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Bill Brough (R–Dana Point) issued the following statement today after the California State Assembly passed to extend the Air Resources Board's cap-and-trade program through 2030. “As long as we’re here to exert further – if not total – control over the private economy, it seems an apt time to quote Karl Marx, ‘History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.’ “Cap-and-trade began as a tragic oversell as a way to rescue the planet from the clutches of pollution and has become a multi-billion-dollar moneymaking farce that the state needs to support the…
SACRAMENTO - The Joint Legislative Audit Committee today unanimously approved a request by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) to have the nonpartisan State Auditor's office audit the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA). Bates and Brough requested the audit after local officials raised concerns about the integrity of SOCWA's financial management of public funds. They issued the joint statement: "We thank the Joint Legislative Audit Committee for its bipartisan support of our request to ensure that Orange County…
After reviewing the proposals put forth by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) and listening to and consulting with many residents and stakeholders regarding this issue, like my colleague Senator Pat Bates, I believe that the proposed alignments could irreparably harm the quality of life of affected communities. Therefore, I will oppose those proposed extensions. While the proposed toll road extensions are still that – proposals – it is important for you and your neighbors to share your concerns and get your questions answered. The TCA will be holding a public forum on June 5, 2017,…
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman Bill Brough (R–Dana Point) discussed a reform proposal to ensure the sustainability of California’s public employee pension system. The California Pension Protection Act (ACA 15) would give voters a voice in their government’s pension decisions and protect vital services that could be threatened by unfunded pension debt. Because workers depend on the pensions they have been promised, this proposal reforms the pension system without impacting current government employees or their benefits. “Out-of-control pension debt is threatening the services our citizens…