In this week’s What’s Next, we break down the main NGP bills that made it to the Governor’s desk for signature, provide an update on our student loan debt advocacy work, recap the state’s incredible investments to fight climate change, plus other important news. Also, you will learn more about our upcoming work and how you can take action to support our efforts!
★ Our Legislative Focus: Help us urge Governor Newsom to take action on several important NGP bills! The following NGP supported bills were passed by the Legislature and now await the Governor’s signature by the Sept 30th deadline.
★ Student Debt Digest: NGP is fully on board with the Biden Administration’s student loan debt cancellation plan and we continue to fight for policies that will lead to a future free from student loan debt! The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program’s application period is October 31st and student loan borrowers working in public service are eligible to apply! NGP is sharing resources with and outreaching to California public service employers to get them to participate in the California Student Debt Challenge. For helpful student borrower resources and a breakdown of our efforts to support student borrowers, check out our Free My Future website.
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★ Did You Know? This November, Proposition 1 will be on the California ballot. Proposition 1 protects the right to abortion and contraception in our state, and prevents any future federal attempts to restrict access. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022 — please make sure you’re registered to vote.
★ We’re In The News: NextGen is making noise! In response to the Biden Administration’s historic federal student loan cancellation announcement, the LA Times featured some thoughts from our Legislative Director, Samantha Seng on how this policy change will impact vulnerable populations, read the full article.
We also highlighted climate this past month in an effort to get the Legislature and the Governor to Go Big On Climate. Check out what our Executive Director, Arnie Sowell Jr., and our Senior Policy Advisor, David Weiskopf, had to say about the state needing to take bold climate action on NBCLA’s Conan Nolan show. Watch the full clip below!
In response to the historic climate package put forth by the Legislature last week, David was quoted in a recent New York Times article acknowledging the unprecedented efforts by any California Governor in the climate space by passing $54 billion in this years budget saying, “Governor Newsom showed up and said let’s get climate done. He’d never done that before.”
★ Member Spotlight: The Legislature is making moves! This past month there were some new and exciting appointments to key legislative Caucuses. Senator Nancy Skinner (@NancySkinnerCA) will be the new Chair of the California Women’s Caucus. Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (@AsmCervantes) was elected as the new California Latino Caucus Chair. And Assemblymember Lori Wilson (@AsmLoriDWilson) will serve as the Chair of the Black Caucus. We congratulate the new caucus chairs, look forward to their leadership, and encourage you to follow them on Twitter!
★ What’s Next: This month, we’re making the final push to advocate for our legislative package – and we’ll need your help! We’ll be directly calling on the Governor to sign our bills, and we encourage you to join us in urging him to take action by engaging via social media, email, quick phone calls, and more!
NextGen Policy fights for progressive policy change to address environmental, social, racial, and economic inequities through justice-centered legislative advocacy, grassroots partnerships, and democratic civic engagement.