Press Releases

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…
SACRAMENTO –Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) issued the following statement in response to the release of Governor Brown’s May Revision of his 2017-18 budget proposal: “Pensions in California are on the verge of extinction if we continue to approve state budgets, year after year, without addressing the needed reform that will prevent the catastrophic collapse of our retirement system.” “The Governor’s proposal to prepay $6 billion against the $279 billion of unfunded pension liabilities is a band-aid approach. Without sensible and fair pension reforms to protect taxpayers and keep the…
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Bill Brough (R–Dana Point) is proud to announce that his joint-authored legislation with Tom Daly (D-Anaheim), Assembly Bill 346, has passed the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. AB 346 would allow cities to extend their Low to Moderate Income Housing Fund (LMIHF) dollars towards, homelessness services, transitional housing, or emergency housing, in addition to affordable housing. “We are in the middle of a housing crisis that has resulted in an increase of homeless population in California” said Assemblyman Brough. “In Orange County, the homeless…
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Bill Brough (R–Dana Point) issued the following statement today after the California State Assembly passed Senate Bill 1, which is the Governor’s $52 billion tax increase for the next 10 years to fund transportation. SB 1 will enact a $5.2 billion annual tax increase for transportation with almost no significant funding for traffic congestion relief. Californians across this state face long commute times, gridlock and the effect of years of neglect to our roadways. The Public Policy Institute of California found that nearly 60 percent of Californians view traffic…