Grove begins second term, vows to keep fighting for taxpayers

Grove begins second term,  vows to keep fighting for  taxpayers Assemblywoman Shannon Grove took her oath of office last week to officially began her second term in the California State Assembly. Grove will continue to focus on economic growth, fiscal responsibility, and government reform as her top priorities.

“I am honored to continue to serve the people of Kern County and work toward restoring prosperity to our state,” said Grove.

“We’ve reached a critical point in California’s history. Very few challenges in the past 20 years in terms of the economy, education and transportation compare to what we face today.

“I will continue to fight the Democrats’ schemes to squeeze more money from the taxpayers while not providing Californians the essential services they need.

“My efforts this term will largely involve educating the public and media as to what is really going on day-to-day in the state legislature,” she added.

“I believe that the real issues are largely ignored or dismissed as ‘politics as usual.’ I will challenge anyone who approaches the serious problems plaguing our state with that kind of a perspective.”

Grove authored legislation during her first term that would impose competitive bidding and wage and hour laws on projects completed for the state legislature, in an effort to make elected officials comply with the same rules they mandate on California businesses.

Like many legislative proposals designed to require accountability for state spending, these bills were rejected by the majority party in Sacramento.

Grove was re-elected in November with nearly 70 percent of the vote, one of the largest margins.  She will continue to represent the Kern County communities of Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi, Taft and Frazier Park/Lebec.

Story First Published: 2013-01-09