June 4, 2017

Single-payer health care is a failed promise

Senate Bill 562, the single-payer health care bill, and its steep price tag, is not the solution to our broken health care system. The Senate Appropriations Committee estimates SB562 would cost $400 billion annually to cover all health care costs for every Californian. That’s more than double California’s proposed budget of $180 billion. Supporters hope the federal government will cover …

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April 20, 2017

Senator Janet Nguyen’s bill to save the Middle Class Scholarship clears Senate Education Committee

Senate Bill 326, authored by Senator Janet Nguyen to protect the state’s only scholarship for middle class students from being eliminated from the state budget, cleared the Senate Education Committee. Senator Nguyen introduced SB 326 in response to Governor Brown’s plans to phase out funding for the Middle Class Scholarship to 75 percent of 2017-2018 levels, eventually eliminating the program …

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April 15, 2017

Tackling college student homelessness and housing insecurity

Homeless. This is not a word that most of us would associate with college students. Yet, a silent epidemic of student homelessness has spread throughout our public colleges. According to unofficial studies conducted by the California State University system, the University of California system and the Wisconsin Hope Lab, 10 percent of CSU students and 14 percent of California’s community …

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March 2, 2017

California Democrats had muzzle ready for GOP senator

The Democrats who muzzled a Republican state senator and had her dragged out of the chambers had plenty of warning of what was coming, and went through with the eye-popping scene after pressuring her in advance not to open her mouth on the Senate floor. State Sen. Janet Nguyen of Garden Grove (Orange County), who was born in what was …

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March 2, 2017

Democratic leaders silence Nguyen, stir up old conflict

The state Senate’s Democratic leaders blew it badly Thursday when they forcibly prevented Republican Sen. Janet Nguyen, a refugee from Vietnam, from criticizing the late Tom Hayden. Earlier in the week, senators took turns lionizing Hayden, who served in the Senate, as a visionary progressive. Nguyen purposely waited two days before arising to present, first in Vietnamese and then in …

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March 2, 2017

Senate’s blunder is fitting coda to Tom Hayden’s time in Sacramento

Tom Hayden might have viewed the amateurish events that played out on the Senate floor Thursday as a fitting coda to his time in Sacramento. Undoubtedly, he would have had something to say about it all. On Thursday, a duly elected senator got removed from the Senate chamber for speaking her mind. Only this time, Republicans in Washington, D.C., weren’t …

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June 19, 2015

SB 350 sounds good, but misses the mark

By Senator Janet Nguyen, published in the Press-Telegram June 19, 2015 Senate Bill 350, the “Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015,” carries a positive name and many wonderful-sounding promises. Unfortunately, these promises could potentially generate long-term problems for all Californians. Without providing any specifics on how Californians are to meet this steep mandate, SB 350 proposes a 50 …

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April 2, 2015

California Sen. Janet Nguyen’s story may have you waving U.S. flag

By George Skelton, Los Angeles Times April 2, 2015 Every time she looks up at California’s Capitol dome and walks into the grand old building, says freshman state Sen. Janet Nguyen, “I think to myself, ‘Wow!’ “I’m one of 40 state senators in California. Never in my entire life did I think I would become a state senator. It’s the …

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