Just as we wrap up our work on analyzing the May Revise, monitoring the house of origin deadline, and tracking other California Legislative happenings, we are also gearing up for the next few eventful weeks. In this What’s Next you’ll hear about NGP priority bills, new projects and partnerships, AAPI month shout-outs, the June Primary Election, and so much more!
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★ SB 17 Update: You’ll know from our previous emails that NGP is strongly supporting SB 17 (Pan), which establishes the Office of Racial Equity (ORE) and formalizes California’s commitment to addressing long-standing racial disparities in our state institutions. We’re dedicated to seeing this bill pass into law, but we need your help. Tweet at Governor Newsom and let him know that centering racial equity in government policies and programs is essential to delivering on the promise of a California for ALL.
★ NEW: Climate 100 Brief: This year, California has an opportunity to go big when it comes to fighting the climate crisis – between funding enacted last year, proposals the Governor has proposed, and funding the Senate has proposed, California has the opportunity to deploy a $65 billion climate investment over the next 5 years. More importantly, what our state needs is a 100% climate-aligned budget — a bold investment strategy that puts 100% of our taxpayer dollars to work in ways that advance our state’s climate objectives. Take a look at our full evaluation of the May Revise’s progress towards reaching our Climate 100 goals.
★ Advocating for Equitable, Affordable Internet Access: Every Californian deserves access to fast, reliable, and affordable internet service. Earlier this week, we held the first meeting of the California Alliance for Digital Equity (CADE) – a diverse coalition fighting for all forms of digital equity, from device acquisition to broadband internet access to digital literacy. Learn more about the coalition’s mission and the work we are doing with CADE in order to achieve equitable, affordable broadband access for all Californians.
★ #CaliforniansForAll College Corps: We are excited to share that NGP is partnering with California Volunteers on the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps, a first-of-its-kind initiative that will help create debt-free pathways to college while engaging students across the state to help solve problems in their communities and develop career skills. Click here to learn more about this partnership and to apply!
★ Ready for the June Primary Election?: The California Primary Election is 12 days away! It’s not too late for you to register to vote: Vote centers in Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) counties are open for in-person voting AND same-day registration for Californians who missed the deadline. Check to see if you live in a participating VCA county and get ready to vote on June 7!
SB 907 (Pan) Local Equitable Access to Food (LEAF) is an NGP priority bill that focuses on improving access to healthy foods for all California families, regardless of income, by increasing the number of farmers’ markets throughout the state. SB 907 passed the California Senate with a unanimous bipartisan vote. Help us ensure California families have equitable access to local, affordable, and healthy food by urging #CALeg to fully fund the LEAF program!
★ Did You Know? NGP is thrilled to give a big shout-out to our very own Legislative Director and Policy Advisor, Samantha Seng, who has been included in the National Association of Asian Pacifics in Politics and Public Affairs’ (NAAPPPA’s) “40 Under 40” for 2022! That’s two years in a row that NGP team members have been included in this impressive list — check out this year’s round-up of AAPI leaders from across the nation.
★ Member Spotlight: In the spirit of AAPI month, NGP shines a spotlight on Assemblymember Phil Ting, representing the 19th Assembly District, which encompasses the Westside of San Francisco. Asm. Ting is the Chair of the powerful Assembly Budget Committee and focused on a number of key statewide issues including, job creation, economic recovery and fighting for progressive policies that protect equal rights and promote environmental stewardship. Tweet Asm. Phil Ting and let him know what a fantastic job he is doing for our state!
★ What’s Next: Mark your calendars on June 6: We’re hosting a panel event to promote our new Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) report — details to follow. Additionally, get ready to join in the festivities during the month-long celebration of Pride — we’ll be sharing more information and resources, so stay tuned!
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