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California Capitol Hill Bulletin
* abridged "recess edition" *
"Recess Bulletin" and Governor Davis' State of the State
During the current Congressional recess, the California Institute is
publishing this brief edition in lieu of a complete California Capitol
Hill Bulletin. For your information and reference, we are including
information from Governor Gray Davis regarding his state of the state message,
delivered on Wednesday, and the "Washington" section from the Governor's
year-in-review look at 1999. For source material, see http://www.ca.gov
. The California Capitol Hill Bulletin will resume publication when
Congress returns from recess in late January.
Sen. Feinstein and Gov. Davis Urge Full SCAAP Funding
In separate letters to Attorney General Janet Reno, both Governor Gray Davis and Sen. Dianne Feinstein urged the Administration not to cut funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, to meet the .38 percent cut mandated in the omnibus budget deal.
Gov. Davis' letter, dated December 10, points out that the current $585 million in funding does not fully reimburse the states for the costs of incarcerating illegal immigrants and the program is too important to sustain any further cuts. He also urges the Administration to increase the budget request for SCAAP funding in the FY01 budget.
Sen. Feinstein was joined by Sens. Jon Kyl (AZ) and Charles Schumer
(NY) in her letter to Reno. She notes that the Office of Management and
Budget has announced that it may cut FY00 funding by as much as 15 percent
for any program that received more money than the President's initial budget
request. This would put SCAAP on the cutting block, inasmuch as the Administration's
budget only requested $500 million in funding.
Encryption Regulations Delayed
The Administration has announced that it will delay publishing the regulations
governing encryption exports until January 15. The Commerce Department's
draft regulations circulated in November had been criticized as not accurately
reflecting the Administration's plan to ease export restrictions. A letter
signed by several members of Congress, including Reps. Zoe Lofgren (San
Jose) and Anna Eshoo (Atherton), raised concerns that the regulations favored
some domestic firms over others. See, Bulletin, Vol.
6, No. 40 (12/9/99). The Administration
announced in September that it would update current encryption policy to
allow more liberal export of readily available products.
Sen. Boxer & Gov. Davis Reiterate Request for MTBE Waiver
Governor Davis and Sen. Barbara Boxer sent separate letters to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner urging expedited action on California's request to waive federal requirements that gasoline sold in the state contain a minimum oxygen content pursuant to the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. The waiver, if granted, would allow California to see MTBE-free gasoline, as long as it continued to meet federal emission standards.
Governor Davis' letter points out that two major refiners have pledged to eliminate MTBE from its gasoline well before the state mandated phase-out date of December 31, 2002. However, to meet that pledge they must have an EPA waiver.
Governor Gray Davis -- 2000 State of the State Address
At the Dawn of the 21st Century, Governor Davis Outlines Plan for California's Future
Continuing his commitment
to make fundamental changes to improve student and teacher performance,
Governor Gray Davis' State of the State address outlines his plans to provide
incentives for students, teachers and schools in the Era of Higher Expectations.
Recruiting and Training Qualified Teachers: Responding to California's need to hire a huge number of teachers in the next decade, Governor Davis is committed to enhancing the prestige of the teaching profession and implementing measures that will attract and retain talented, fully credentialed teachers for every school in the State. His plans include:
Governor Davis recognizes
that the fastest growing segment of California's population is 85 and older
and he believes that this generation deserves nothing less than the opportunity
to age with dignity. The governor plans to provide for seniors by:
Governor Davis intends to put every possible transportation dollar to work to speed up commutes, improve highway safety and eliminate gridlock. In order to get California moving again, the governor plans to change the funding rules to provide for the State's long-term transportation interests by:
Governor Davis is strongly committed to public safety and is determined to move forward with comprehensive measures that reduce crime and increase the security of California's citizens, including:
[The following was excerpted
from Governor Gray Davis' Web Page entitled "Year in Review" 12/30/99]
Governor Gray Davis went
to great lengths during his first year in office to ensure California received
its fair share of federal resources. The governor actively lobbied for
additional federal funding on issues from improving California's classrooms
to demanding a phaseout of the gasoline additive MTBE.
Governor Davis, joined by
Vice-President Al Gore, announced that California would receive $32 million
in federal education funds for classroom accountability programs. They also announced that California
would retain $129 million in federal funding for class-size reduction efforts in grades 9 and 10.
The Davis Administration urged Congress and the Clinton Administration to include $36 million in the
FY 2000 Interior Appropriations bill. The amount comes from a sale of California land and is directed
toward the California State Teachers' Retirement System.
Governor Davis lobbied Congress
to ensure that tobacco funds would not be redirected to the federal
government. The Master Settlement Agreement reached between the states and the tobacco industry
will net California state and local governments $1 billion per year. Funds are being directed to combat
Governor Davis lobbied to
have language removed from the FY 2000 Transportation Appropriations bill
that would have cost California $120 million in FY 2000.
The Davis Administration played a key role in urging Congress to provide $65 million in FY 2000 for the
BART-SFO extension project, which adds nine miles to the current BART transit system.
Congress, at the urging of
Governor Davis, appropriated $60 million to the CALFED program, which
addresses California's complex water problems.
Spurred by a letter from
Governor Davis, the California delegation to the House of Representatives
provided $30 million, of which California will receive $3 to $4 million, for the stateside portion of the
Land and Water Conservation Fund. These monies add to the $230 million in federal funds the State
has expended to develop recreation facilities as well as protect park lands and valuable coastal
Governor Davis wrote the
Clinton Administration requesting funding for salmon restoration efforts,
was successful in obtaining $9 million for California.
Governor Davis led a coalition
of state and local governments to combat efforts to significantly cut
existing State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) funding. As a result of that effort, Congress
restored funding to existing levels.
After a freeze devastated
California's citrus crop, Governor Davis obtained federal disaster assistance
to meet local needs and ensure the economic viability of the industry.
Governor Davis' Trade and
Commerce Agency produced a study used to lobby the Department of
Defense to bring a contract for the Joint Strike Fighter, which is now in the development phase, to
California companies. The study found that Plant 42 in Palmdale could produce a $2.2 billion savings,
the equivalent of 55 free aircraft.
Governor Davis urged President
Clinton to sign the Defense Appropriations bill, which contained
funding for the F-22 fighter, a bill that the President signed on October 25, 1999.
Governor Davis urged Congressional
leaders not to support the proposed cuts to vital community
planning and development grants within the VA/HUD bill. Funding of these programs was preserved,
and in some cases increased over FY 99 levels.
Working closely with the
National Governor's Association to fend off cuts in Temporary Assistance
Needy Families, Governor Davis sent a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations committees
regarding restoration of $75 million to the Social Services Block Grant and protection against further
The last Census undercounted
Californians, costing the State $2.2 billion over the course of the
decade. To ensure the same outcome doesn't occur again, Governor Davis worked with Congress and
received $4.4 billion in emergency spending for the upcoming Census. Governor Davis also formed the
Complete Count Committee.
Senator Murkowski (R-AK)
authored a bill to subdivide the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which
would split California into different divisions of the circuit. Governor Davis worked with Senator Feinstein
to oppose this scheme, and the measure stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
[Source: Governor Gray Davis' Home Page:
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