In the News

June 22, 2021

Back in 2019, the state Legislature passed a law that a California college athlete can benefit from his or her own name, image and likeness. The Fair Pay to Play Act was co-sponsored by state Sens. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Steven Bradford (D-Gardena).


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June 18, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom FaceTimed with Marshawn Lynch and twirled pizza dough in Oakland on Thursday in an event to promote California’s support for small businesses but which also highlighted many of the barriers entrepreneurs of color have faced in tapping into state and federal financial assistance.

The governor was joined by Mayor Libby Schaaf, state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Oakland) and Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, all of whom urged residents to get back to shopping and eating in person at small businesses in their community.


June 15, 2021

Democratic Sen. Nancy Skinner, chair of the Senate’s budget committee, bristled at Nielsen’s comments. While the budget lawmakers approved Monday will be amended, it does show that lawmakers and the governor agree on more things than they disagree.

Both budgets would return $8.1 billion to most taxpayers in the form of rebates of up to $1,100 per person. Both budgets would pay for every 4-year-old in California to attend a two-year kindergarten program for free. And both budgets would spend $3.7 billion to address the drought.

June 4, 2021

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee, chaired by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, has 30 days to review and comment on the cost estimate provided by the Department of Finance.

But Skinner said this week that it might not take that long.

“Our county election officials have already indicated their costs,” Skinner said, “so we’ve already been reviewing that. And the 30 days may not be necessary.” So there might be time shaved off of the calendar at this juncture.


June 4, 2021

“Given our state’s wealth and medical advancements, this is unacceptable,” Skinner, vice chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, said in a news release.

Democrats also appear unified on another aspect of Skinner’s bill: a pilot program to test a universal basic income program for struggling families. The bill would give $1,000 a month to low-income expectant and new parents with kids under 2 years old in counties that decide to participate. Newsom has also proposed $35 million over five years for pilot programs for universal basic income.


June 2, 2021

Lawmakers agreed with most of Newsom’s proposals to spend billions of dollars to alleviate homelessness, mostly by buying hotels and motels. But they differ on the timing. The Legislature proposes spending $8.5 billion in new funding over two years, compared with the governor’s $6.8 billion in the next year alone. 

“We want to provide housing for our unhoused people, we do not want people living on the streets in California,” said Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat who leads the Senate budget committee.