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Beth Gaines seeking another term

By From page A4 | March 19, 2014

ROSEVILLE — Small business owner and State Assemblywoman Beth Gaines (R-Roseville) recently announced her bid for re-election to California’s Sixth Assembly District.

Gaines says her positive, pro-jobs and economic development agenda is sorely needed in Sacramento.

“It’s disappointing how little attention is given to small businesses at the Capitol,” Gaines said. “We need to start focusing on these job creators and giving businesses in our state the chance to grow and succeed. Creating a positive environment for business growth builds our economy and gives everyone the chance for a good job.”

Gaines sited her victories in government accountability and crime prevention as proof of her effectiveness in office.

After it was discovered that the Parks Department hoarded $54 million in unspent funds, Gaines was the first to call for an audit of the department, calling this kind of government abuse “unacceptable.”

“Our tax dollars should not be used for pet projects and personal priorities,” she said at the time. “We need to hold our government accountable and never again allow this kind of abuse of power.”

Gaines has also been one of the leading critics of the Governor’s early prisoner release program, working with local law enforcement officials to constantly monitor its affect in this region.

Ina recent op-ed, Gaines made clear her views on public safety, saying it “is and should be the priority of state government,” adding that she refuses to “ignore the consequences of this dangerous program.”

Gaines addressed the current water crises, noting that “millions of gallons of water are going out to sea unharnessed and unusable.” In the current legislative session, Gaines is co-author of a bill that would create more water storage, easing the demand on Folsom Lake.

“The wrongheaded, anti-dam approach of the past has got to end,” Gaines said. “More storage helps everyone.”

Gaines, a mother of six children, has also been a champion for education in California. A well-known advocate for school choice, she has called on the Governor to keep his promise from 2012, and make sure Proposition 30 money goes to the classroom.

“Californians supported new tax hikes for the first time in years because they were told more revenue was necessary to prevent funding cuts to our public schools and tuition hikes at our colleges and universities,” Gaines noted in a recent speech to a local service organization. “Now, we need to ensure this money gets spent educating our children so they can reach their career and academic goals.”

“The future of our state depends on their success,” she added.

Gaines, who represents portions of Placer, Sacramento, and El Dorado Counties, was first elected to the Assembly in 2011, and re-elected in 2012 with nearly 70% of the vote. She lives in Roseville with her husband Ted, where they also run their small business.

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