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AJR-4 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.(2009-2010)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  February 02, 2009

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2009–2010 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Joint Resolution
No. 4


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Bass, Evans
(Coauthor(s): Assembly Member Ammiano, Arambula, Block, Blumenfield, Brownley, Buchanan, Caballero, Charles Calderon, Carter, Chesbro, Coto, De La Torre, De Leon, Eng, Feuer, Fong, Fuentes, Furutani, Galgiani, Hall, Hayashi, Hernandez, Hill, Huber, Huffman, Jones, Krekorian, Lieu, Ma, Mendoza, Monning, Nava, John A. Perez, V. Manuel Perez, Portantino, Salas, Saldana, Skinner, Solorio, Swanson, Torlakson, Torres, Torrico, Yamada)

January 30, 2009


Relative to Economic Stimulus Funds.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AJR 4, as amended, Bass. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
This measure would memorialize the President and the Congress of the United States to enact the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which would make supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and state and local fiscal stabilization.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The economy of the State of California and the entire United States is in a crisis with credit virtually frozen; consumer purchasing power in decline; businesses, small and large, facing unprecedented challenges; millions of jobs lost nationwide in the past four months; and California’s unemployment rate currently exceeding 9 percent and rising; and
WHEREAS, In order to prevent the loss of millions of jobs nationwide and to get the nation’s economy moving again, President Barack Obama and the 111th Congress are currently working on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which would make supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and state and local fiscal stabilization, among other purposes; and
WHEREAS, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 would target investments in key areas that will create and preserve good jobs at the same time as it strengthens the ability of the economy to become more efficient and produce more opportunities for employment; and
WHEREAS, It targets job creation assistance to the areas in our state with the highest unemployment, such as the Counties of San Joaquin (13 percent), Fresno (13.2 percent), Sutter (15 percent), Colusa (21.6 percent), and Imperial (22.6 percent); and
WHEREAS, It would create jobs through infrastructure investments to modernize roads, bridges, public transit, and waterways; and
WHEREAS, California has identified $44 billion in ready-to-go infrastructure projects; including roads, public transit, and rail construction; water and sewer projects; school construction, career technical education, and broadband projects; and airport, park, and public safety projects that would benefit from the economic stimulus funds and generate approximately 800,000 California jobs over the life of these projects; and
WHEREAS, It would promote efforts directed at redoubling renewable energy production and renovating public buildings to make them more energy efficient; and
WHEREAS, It would transform our economy with science and technology investments by putting scientists to work looking for the next great discovery, thereby creating jobs that will help businesses in every community succeed in a global economy; and
WHEREAS, It would make education system investments to create 21st century classrooms, laboratories, and libraries, helping our nation’s students to compete with any worker in the world; and
WHEREAS, It would help struggling families make ends meet by increasing food stamp and unemployment insurance benefits; and
WHEREAS, It would provide fiscal relief to states so that they can continue to provide vital public safety, education, health care, and other services; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of California, jointly, That the Legislature of the State of California supports the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and respectfully memorializes the Congress of the United States to promptly pass and President Barack Obama to sign that legislation; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Majority Leader of the Senate, and to each Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the United States.