Skinner, Nancy

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner represents California's 14th Assembly District.

Speaker Pérez and Assemblymember Skinner Meet With UC Berkeley Students to Discuss the Middle Class Scholarship Act

In this Democratic weekly radio address, Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) visit the UC Berkeley campus to talk with UC, CSU and community college students about the Middle Class Scholarship Act (AB 1500 and 1501), which will cut state college costs by two-thirds for middle class families. The plan is paid for by closing a tax loophole benefitting out-of-state corporations and would benefit students whose families make less than $150,000 per year.

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This week’s English address is 4:15

This week’s Spanish address is 5:58

If There is a War on Wealth I’m Signing Up with General Reagan

By Assemblymember Nancy Skinner

Last  week marked the 45th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s first election as Governor of California.  Also last week, CNBC hosted a debate among the eight Republican presidential candidates, which, while no doubt best remembered for Rick Perry’s oops moment, had been framed by the cable network as “how will candidates end the war on wealth?"

Has there been a war on wealth? If so, it must be right up there in terms of success with the war on drugs. I don’t know about you, but my notes show the super rich are doing better than ever.

Two recent reports by the Congressional Budget Office and the California Budget Project make the case.

Common Sense Bill Protects Pregnant Inmates—and Taxpayers

By Assemblymember Nancy Skinner

Even when our political systems at the state and national levels are beset by unnecessary gridlock, occasionally legislation makes so much sense that it gets passed by wide bipartisan margins.   That's the case with AB 568, now on the Governor’s desk, that sets a statewide standard for how pregnant inmates can be restrained.  AB 568 received overwhelming bipartisan support in both the Assembly and Senate and no NO votes. Why? Because it’s a common sense bill that protects a particularly vulnerable population and at the same time protects taxpayers from the costs of potential litigation.