Assemblywoman Burke Highlights $1 Million in Tax Credits to South Bay Business

$50 million awarded statewide

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood) today announced that $1 million in tax credits was awarded to Avasant, LLC in El Segundo.  With the support of the tax credit, Avasant will add 55 additional full time employees in the 62nd Assembly District through the California Competes Tax Credit program.

“I am thrilled to see California making real investments in our local businesses,” Burke said. “These credits are creating jobs right here in our backyard, employing our friends and neighbors and strengthening the economy in the South Bay.”

Assembly Expands Access to Maternity Care

A bill to improve access to health care for California women by allowing certified nurse midwives (CNM) to practice independently passed the Assembly unopposed today.

AB 1306, by Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood), allows California’s approximately 1,200 CNMs, within their existing scope of practice, to work without the supervision of a physician.

Inglewood Schools the Focus of Assemblywoman’s Town Hall

Autumn Burke hosted the first open forum on the status of Inglewood’s schools since the state of California took over the district in 2012

More than 100 citizens filled the community room of Inglewood City Hall on Saturday for a town hall meeting on the state of Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD), which has been under state receivership since 2012.

The forum, hosted by Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood), brought together financial and education experts from the state, county, and local levels to discuss the district’s current situation and its roadmap to returning to local control.

Burke Joins Forces with Speaker Atkins to Protect California’s Military Bases

AJR 11 calls upon the President and Congress to protect vital defense infrastructure from closure.

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Los Angeles) was joined by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) and Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) in introducing AJR 11 which calls upon President Obama and Congress to recognize the unique value of California’s defense installations and the disproportionate sacrifices the state has made in previous base realignment and closure (BRAC) rounds.

“My district is home to Los Angeles Air Force Base, the hub of an aerospace industry that generates billions in economic activity,” said Assemblywoman Burke. “AJR 11 makes it clear to our leaders in Washington that we stand united to protect the jobs, innovation, and industry that our economy depends upon.”

Burke Introduces Bill to Give Veterans a Fair Shot at Higher Education

AB 1361 eliminates the age cap in the Cal Grant program for veterans.

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 1361 which removes the age restrictions in the Cal Grant Program for veterans.

“Our gratitude for a veteran’s service doesn’t have an expiration date, and neither should our Cal Grant awards,” said Assemblymember Burke. “Whether you’re pursuing a bachelor’s degree or technical certification, Cal Grants can be the key that unlocks the door to new career opportunities in civilian life.”

Burke Bill Will Make Health Care More Affordable for Seniors

AB 763 creates income eligibility parity in Medi-Cal for those 65 and older

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced AB 763 to increase the Medi-Cal income eligibility threshold for certain seniors, improving access to affordable health care coverage.   

“We’re talking about some of our most vulnerable seniors – they shouldn’t have to choose between going to the doctor and putting food on the table,” said Burke.  “AB 763 will give thousands the access to affordable care they need, and it’s long overdue.”

Burke Bill Ensures Good Wages for Construction Jobs

AB 852 requires health facility construction projects that use tax-exempt public financing to pay the prevailing wage.

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 852 to ensure construction workers are paid the prevailing wage on publicly-subsidized private development projects. The bill expands the definition of “public works” to include hospital or health care facility construction projects using a tax-exempt conduit revenue bond.

“If you’re going to use tax-exempt financing, you need to pay the prevailing wage,” said Assemblymember Burke. “We have high standards for the construction of health facilities in California, and we all expect that the work will be done by skilled and qualified workers that are paid a living wage.”

Burke Introduces Bill to Expand Consumer Protections in the Home Care Industry

AB 1054 requires home care providers that contract with the state to obtain licensure and use background checks for their workers

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 1054 to extend the consumer protections in the home care industry to include providers that contract with the state for the care of some of California's most vulnerable residents. The bill requires home care providers that serve individuals living with developmental disabilities to be licensed by the state and meet training and background check requirements for their staff.

"Thousands of frail Californians depend on home care services every day," said Assemblywoman Burke. "AB 1054 closes a loophole and ensures that all home care consumers have access to safe, reliable care in their own homes."

Assemblywoman Burke Introduces 1st Bill to Improve State’s Tech Investments

AB 522 creates a report card for IT contractors to increase accountability and competition.

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Los Angeles) introduced the first bill of her legislative career to strengthen California’s information technology (IT) purchasing standards.  AB 522 creates a report card of sorts for IT vendors and requires the state’s procurement process to take into account a bidder’s past performance when awarding projects. 

“We’re spending hundreds of millions of dollars on IT projects without any real accountability to ensure that we’re getting what we paid for,” said Burke.  “Results matter and with AB 522, companies will have an incentive to deliver quality projects that are on time and on budget.”