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Monday, April 10, 2017

After years of discussion and hours of debate, the State Legislature approved the Road Repair and Accountability Act. The landmark transportation investment package will invest $52-billion over the next ten years to fix our roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California including $400 million to extend ACE rail to Ceres and Merced as well as $100 million to fully construct the UC Merced Campus Parkway.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

 

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) issued the following statement today after lending his support to a transportation plan to raise new revenues for road maintenance and transportation infrastructure while asking voters to constitutionally safeguard these funds:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Assemblymember Gray and Senator Cannella weigh in on the proposed transportation package in today's Modesto Bee and Merced Sun-Star

 

Last November, we asked you to trust our local government and elected officials by passing a half-cent sales tax increase to become a “self-help county” – meaning counties that have stepped up to generate local funding for transportation improvements. The two-thirds threshold for passage meant it took Democrats, Republicans and independents working together to make it happen.

After all the votes were counted, both Stanislaus and Merced County approved the measures. Thank you.

Gov. Jerry Brown has now put a state transportation funding plan on the table. It raises taxes, no question. Gas will cost about 17 cents more per gallon by 2020. Diesel taxes and vehicle fees will also increase. The gas and diesel components of his plan will fall hardest on working class families here in the Valley, where commutes are the longest and incomes are among the state’s lowest.

There are a lot of promises being made for the $5.2 billion a year the plan will generate, but the question we must answer is whether this plan makes good on its promises here in the Valley.

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Los Banos, Calif - Despite one of the wettest winters on record, some Valley farmers are only getting 65% of the water they depend on.

Los Banos farmer Canon Michael spoke with Eyewitness News This Morning about how the allocation will impact him.

 

Please follow this  link to see the full interview.

Friday, March 24, 2017

As excerpted from an op-ed appearing in the 3/24 edition of the Merced Sun-Star:

By Dorothy Leland and Adam Gray

In 1988, the University of California Board of Regents approved the location of the 10th University of California campus. After considering 80 different sites, the regents’ final selection of Merced reverberated throughout the city. The entire Merced community, from elected and civic leaders to enthusiastic high school students, embraced the prospect of the campus and recognized how it could create vast improvements for an area facing serious economic, educational and environmental challenges.

The UC is one of the greatest and most prestigious public university systems in the world, and its strength in medical research and education is unparalleled.

As a result, the establishment of a University of California campus in Merced in 2005 was also recognized as an ideal opportunity for helping address the shortages of physicians and the public health issues facing the entire San Joaquin Valley.

Opening a medical school at UC Merced is not a recent hope. It was part of the original dream.

Friday, March 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (March 24 2017)  School district and county office of education trustees flooded the Capitol on Tuesday, March 21 to meet with legislators and to recognize Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) for their advocacy on behalf of California’s public schools.

President Susan Henry presented Sen. Hill and Asm. Gray with CSBA’s Special Recognition Award for their sterling legislative contributions to K-12 education. Hill, who holds a teaching credential from San Francisco State University, and Gray, who once served as an assistant lecturer on the state legislature at UC Merced, have a longstanding history of effective advocacy for public education.

Both members have been stalwart supporters of the effort to fix a law known as the reserve cap, which limits the amount of money school districts can save for an economic downturn to help prevent programmatic cuts and layoffs. Hill is the author, and Gray is the principal co-author of Senate Bill 751 (Hill & Glazer), a CSBA-sponsored bill that calls for amendments to the current reserve cap law so that California school districts can make funding decisions according to their local needs and prepare for a rainy day.

Hill and Gray were presented with the Special Recognition Award as part of CSBA’s 2017 Legislative Action Day, an annual event where members advocate for students on critical local education issues with their representatives in Sacramento. This year’s event saw record participation with 200 governing board members and superintendents from more than 150 school districts and county offices of education holding meetings with 110 of California’s 120 senators and Assemblymembers.

While at the Capitol, CSBA members rallied support for CSBA’s 2017 sponsored legislation, a package that includes SB 527 (Galgiani, D-Stockton), which would provide a cost-of-living adjustment for home-to-school transportation, and AB 1354 (Kiley, R-Roseville), which would align sections of the Education Code with the principles of the Local Control Funding Formula. CSBA members also discussed key issues such as the 2017-18 budget proposal that adversely affects Proposition 98 funding, rising pension costs and California’s persistent teacher shortage.

“CSBA appreciates Senator Hill and Assemblymember Gray for leading the charge to relieve school districts of the reserve cap burden,” said CSBA President Henry. “We thank them for working with us on this important issue and for their continued efforts to see it through to its completion and provide needed security for California’s public schools and their 6.2 million students. 

 

 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Assemblymember Gray's efforts to curb ADA lawsuit abuse were featured in a recent news story, as printed in the Modesto Bee:

BY GARTH STAPLEY

gstapley@modbee.com

The legislative fight against disability-based predatory lawsuits continues on state and national levels with new bills by Democratic Assemblyman Adam Gray and Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham. 

Both lawmakers condemn shakedowns of businesses by plaintiffs demanding thousands of dollars to settle lawsuits based on the Americans with Disabilities Act and California laws making such challenges especially lucrative in this state.

“This is totally legalized extortion,” said Gray, of Merced, whose new bill relies on a creative twist that would label professional victims as “extremely high-frequency litigants.” Gray added, “They target small businesses that lack the financial resources to fight in court.”

Monday, March 20, 2017

As excerpted from the Merced Sun-Star:

Assemblymember Gray in the State Capitol

BY BRIANNA CALIX

bcalix@mercedsunstar.com

On the last day to submit public comment, Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, submitted one last letter in opposition of the Bay-Delta plan and recommended the State Water Resources Control Board to start over on the study process. The plan calls for putting more water down the Merced, Stanislaus and Tuolumne rivers so it will flow to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and boost salmon populations. Gray has been a vocal and relentless opponent of the plan through his “Stop the Regulatory Drought” campaign.

“This plan is a failure,” Gray said in a statement on Friday. “It was written in a vacuum and can only undermine efforts to reach agreements between stakeholders.”

Friday, March 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) submitted a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board today urging the Board to reject the proposed update to the Bay-Delta Plan and start the study process over again. Today is the last day for public comment on the proposal to take an additional 300,000 acre-feet of water annually from the Merced, Tuolumne, and Stanislaus rivers. Gray’s letter was accompanied by several letters from local government officials and over 1,000 additional petitions from local residents calling for a rejection of the proposal.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In response to the recent use of institutional rules to silence U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in Washington D.C. and eject State Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) from the Senate Chamber in Sacramento, Assemblyman Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) today proposed a rules change, House Resolution 27, to prohibit the removal of any member from the Assembly Chamber without a two-thirds vote.