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SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, announced that he has been appointed to four Republican Working Groups by Assembly Republican Leader Mike Villines to help explore ideas to save taxpayer dollars and reform government.

“As a member of the Republican working groups, I stand ready to work with my colleagues to adopt positive reforms to address many of the serious challenges facing our state,” Gaines said. “We want to hold government bureaucrats more accountable to taxpayers, give workers and businesses more affordable health care options, promote responsible environmental protections and encourage more companies to do business in our state and create jobs.”

Villines said he is confident Gaines’ service on the working groups will result in real reform.

“Ted Gaines has been a champion for reform in the California Legislature, and I know he will be a real leader in tackling the critical issues we will face this year so I am pleased that he is serving on these four working groups,” Villines said.

Gaines will be working alongside fellow Republicans in the coming weeks on the following working groups:

Republican “E3” (Energy, the Environment and the Economy) Working Group

The Republican E3 Working Group is working to advance common-sense policies that will help protect California’s environment, while at the same time growing the economy and creating jobs. They are working to inspire the power of the free market to encourage innovation and bring more so-called “green” or “clean tech” jobs to California. The Republican E3 Working Group was formed in 2008 and is currently comprised of 20 Assembly Members and 2 Senators.

Republican Working Group on Government Accountability

Inspired by the legacy of former President Ronald Reagan to give state government back to the people, the Republican Working Group on Government Accountability will work to identify inefficient state operations and work to restore the trust of the people in their state government. They will work to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in state government wherever it exists and ensure that state officials operate with accountability to taxpayers again.

Republican Working Group on Job Creation and Economic Recovery

The Republican Working Group on Job Creation and Economic Recovery will be looking to identify the best policies to help get our economy back on track and to put Californians back to work. The working group will also be exploring why businesses have left California in recent years and crafting legislation to make the state more competitive with other states to inspire more companies to invest in California again and create jobs here.

Republican Working Group on Health Care Reform

The Republican Working Group on Health Care Reform will explore fiscally-responsible ideas for health care reforms which will maximize choice, reduce cost and increase access to health care for California families. The Working Group will consider reforms that expand health care access without raising taxes or creating new state government programs taxpayers cannot afford.

Assemblyman Ted Gaines represents the 4th Assembly District, which includes portions of Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento & Alpine counties.

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