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Monday, June 5, 2017

Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas today honored Koreatown resident Ms. Hwa Shin Kim as the 2017 Small Business of the Year for the Fifty-Fourth Assembly District. Every year, Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas recognizes a small business owner for their contributions to California.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Sacramento -Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas released the following statement on the future of Climate Change Policy:

"Climate change remains a global threat, which makes the extension of California’s Cap-and-Trade program vital for our future. As the Legislature debates the future of climate change policy, Greater Los Angeles must receive an equitable share of funding to improve green investments and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Southern California is home to nearly half of the state’s population, but has received roughly 30 percent of the funding available. Greater Los Angeles, and specifically my constituents, have been shortchanged and I will no longer support any proposal that does not promote equity, inclusion, and relief for the people I represent."

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

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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

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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

2017 40 Emerging Civic Leaders Under 40

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

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.