Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside) says he’s joining the fray in the 49th Congressional District hours after Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) announced he won’t seek reelection there.
Chavez is the first Republican to jump into a race that has already attracted several well-funded Democrats. He has the advantage of representing nearly two-thirds of Issa’s constituents in the California Legislature.
“It’s time we come together and focus on progress, not partisan politics and gridlock,” Chavez said in a statement Wednesday. “This has guided my work in the state Assembly and it will guide my work in Congress.”
On Wednesday, she told reporters that she had apologized for not giving Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) a heads-up about it first. Republicans had previously said the testimony to the committee would not be released.
Seeking to capitalize on another year of unexpectedly strong tax revenue collections, Gov. Jerry Brown asked state lawmakers Wednesday to fully fund California’s rainy-day cash reserve fund to $13.5 billion by next summer, the largest cash reserve in state history.
Brown said the decision will help the state ready itself for the next recession, which he believes is already overdue.
“The only way you can prepare is to watch your spending every year and build up the rainy-day fund,” he said at a news conference in Sacramento to unveil his proposed $190.3-billion budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.
Gov. Jerry Brown estimated Wednesday that the state will receive $643 million from excise taxes on marijuana during the first full year of legalization in California, much more than the cost to the state of issuing licenses and enforcing new rules.
Brown’s estimates are contained in the budget he proposed for the fiscal year beginning July 1, and fall short of some past state projections that legalized cannabis could eventually bring $1 billion annually to the state’s coffers. This year, with only six months of taxing, the budget estimates $175 million in pot taxes.
“The amount and timing of revenues generated from the new taxes are uncertain and will depend on various factors including local regulations, and cannabis price and consumption changes in a legal environment,” Brown’s budget says.
Diane Harkey, chairwoman of the state Board of Equalization, said Wednesday she’s jumping into the race to replace Rep. Darrell Issa, hours after the nine-term Republican said he wouldn’t seek reelection.
In a statement released by Harkey’s campaign, Issa said, “I strongly support Diane Harkey’s candidacy” and called her a “dedicated public servant and tenacious candidate.” Issa’s statement stopped short of calling it an endorsement.
Harkey said in a news release that she would “focus on keeping America safe and our economy strong and growing” if elected.