Monday, August 3, 2020

The late great Congressman John Lewis, whose life was honored last month, first rose to prominence in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. In his speech that August day in front of the Lincoln Memorial he thundered, “Wake Up America! Wake Up! For we cannot stop, and will not and cannot be patient.”

America is in a “Wake Up” moment. There’s no question that 2020 has been a year that was unexpected and a year we might like to forget. In reality, it’s a year we MUST remember.  A bright light is shining on this nation’s inability to properly deal with a deadly virus that we cannot see, as we struggle through an emotionally charged election year where the fissures and fault lines in American society are on display for all to see.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

My interest in civic engagement started early. When your father is a high school government teacher and your mother enjoys a lively discussion at the dinner table, you learn early on that civic engagement and being an active participant in the political process gives you a voice in your local, state and national government. Even if your preferred candidate isn’t successful, your vote always counts.

As a senior in high school, I participated in the City of South San Francisco’s Youth Government Day program (which my father, Gene Mullin founded). This provided me with an opportunity to see first-hand the inner workings of local government. Later in life, as a member of the South San Francisco City Council, I participated in the program as an elected official and remember quite clearly the energy and interest shown by the students that shadowed me.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

License Plate Bill Boosts Public Safety and Revenues

For his leadership in winning passage of Assembly Bill 516, the Temporary License Plate bill, Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin, who represents San Mateo County’s District 22, is receiving MTC’s distinguished John F. Foran Legislative Award. Supported by MTC and signed into law by Governor Brown in July 2016, AB 516 modernizes California’s vehicle license program by requiring all motor vehicles sold by new or used car dealers to have a temporary license plate with a unique license number before the vehicle leaves the dealer’s lot. Previously, only temporary dealership paper plates were required and were not replaced with permanent plates for months or sometimes years.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

By Kevin Mullin

There is no shortage of challenging issues that will make news from the State Capitol during the 2015-16 Legislative Session ranging from education reform, to funding transportation infrastructure, to combatting climate change and more.

As the newly sworn-in Speaker pro Tempore of the California State Assembly, and as a member of the Budget Committee, my focus is on helping shape a state budget that balances spending on vital priorities such as strengthening a social safety net that was decimated in the Great Recession, while pro-actively paying down our state’s debts and addressing long-term fiscal liabilities. In the coming months, we will hold dozens of hearings resulting in eventual adoption of a roughly $113 billion general fund state budget. I am optimistic that the Legislature and the Governor are on track for a fifth consecutive on-time balanced budget.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

In Sacramento, advocacy groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council are pushing an Assembly bill that would make California the toughest state in the nation on the use of antibiotics in livestock.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

As California slowly recovers from the Great Recession, the governor and the Legislature must do more to revitalize our economy. One of the few remaining economic development tools left in California, the $700 million enterprise zone program, is wasteful and ineffective. Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal to recast enterprise zones and stimulate manufacturing in the state is a step in the right direction.

Brown's plan will strengthen our manufacturing and biotechnology sectors while providing an economic lift to distressed communities. Importantly, it offers new tax credits that wouldn't provide incentives for gimmicks that abuse workers, but would create jobs in the state. The current law allowed:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Freshman Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, will help the state adopt a balanced budget at its earliest date since 1986 if the Legislature approves Gov. Jerry Brown’s $96.4 billion spending plan Friday.

Brown announced a compromise yesterday that anticipates $3.2 billion less in revenue than the state Legislative Analyst’s Office projects.

“This budget takes some very positive steps for the state of California. Even though we did the fiscally responsible thing and went with the governor’s lower revenue estimates and left a significant reserve, we were able to do some very positive things,” Mullin wrote the Daily Journal in an email yesterday after Brown announced the budget compromise at a Sacramento press conference.