Thursday, June 1, 2017


Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

Recently uncovered problems at the State Board of Equalization (BOE), the agency that oversees sales taxes and hears tax appeals, are quite concerning and demand transparent and publically debated solutions. I have introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 1210, to fix the problems and increase transparency, while protecting taxpayers’ rights.

The problems are well-documented. An evaluation by the State Department of Finance revealed that the BOE misused revenue-generating employees, and did not correctly allocate sales tax revenue to various funds that receive state money.

My proposal, based on recommendations from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, includes reforms in three key areas.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

Attempt delay if you like, it will only hasten the inevitable.

The year 2017 finds the Golden State struggling to manage challenges of modernity, scarcity, innovation, and demographics as these realities cause great unease. While all this occurs, a new generation has arisen: the millennials. The largest generation in American history (topping some 92 million people) is positioned to redefine every facet of life.

Housing, education, marriage, employment, homeownership, consumerism, multiculturalism, art, culture, sport, technology, and retirement are just a small sample of the important topics that are impacted by this unique generation.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sacramento -Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee Chair Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on Assembly Bill 71:

"Assembly Bill 71 is a step in the right direction, but more must be done to address California's housing crisis.  There are many segments of our society, including Millennials, who find themselves frozen out of the housing market.  We, as a state, must do all we can to address this inequity.  New homeownership not only benefits first time homebuyers, but works to stabilize local property tax revenues as well.  As AB 71 progresses through the legislative process, I am committed to ensuring that homeownership becomes an attainable goal for all.  I look forward to working with Assemblymember Chiu and other Members of the Legislature to find solutions that work for California."

Friday, May 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO —Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee Chair Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s 2017 May Revision Budget Proposal:

“While the Governor’s revised budget seeks to restore some of the funding that was slated to be eliminated in his January proposal, like funding for the Coordinated Care Initiative, additional solutions must be sought and considered to address the needs of low- and moderate-income families.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Sebastian  Ridley-Thomas secures support from the Assembly Human Services Committee for AB 675. AB 675 would appropriate $650,000,000 from the General Fund to the department for the purpose of continuing to make in home support services available to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas released the following statement at the announcement of the federal tax reform proposal:

 Our primary focus is on a fair tax system that supports economic growth, reduces income inequality and benefits taxpayers. Multiple plans are forming, but chief priorities for the vitality of the Golden States’ economy are keeping the federal deductions Californians enjoy in their payment of state and local taxes (SALT) and continued authorization for tax exempt public debt.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sacramento- Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas released the following statement on Assembly Bill 252:

“I remain committed to protecting taxpayers and promoting fairness in application of existing levies. Assembly Bill 252 begins a serious dialogue about taxation for a twenty-first century economy. I intend to see the proposal through in conversation with taxpayer advocates, local governments, and industry. No less than the future of the innovation economy and fair taxation is at stake.”

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A bill to halt plans in dozens of California cities to tax streaming video services for five years is stalled for the year.

Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D) agreed to shift his A.B. 252 into an idea that lawmakers will study this year and take up again in 2018. The unanimous vote April 24 in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee was a win for the powerful California Cable and Telecommunications Association, as well as cities, counties and the consulting firm MuniServices LLC, which has been helping cities figure out if their existing ordinances would allow such a tax.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Sacramento - Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas released the following statement after voting for Governor Brown’s $52 Billion Transportation Package that would repair California’s crumbling roads, rails and bridges over the next 10 years: