SB 503: What People Are Saying

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Annette Bening, Actor and CA Arts Council Supporter

"I grew up in California and I went to public school here from second grade on. Arts education changed the trajectory of my life. I support SB 503 because the Keep Arts in Schools Fund provides critical funding that will help grow the next generation of creative, innovative young leaders. I thank Senator Josh Newman for his leadership in keeping the arts in our public schools and recognizing the importance of this program."

Susan DeMarois, State Policy Director for the Alzheimer's Association

"Californians have continuously supported Alzheimer's disease research on their tax forms, voluntarily donating more than $20 million since 1985 to find a cure for the 5th leading cause of death in our state."

Andrew Cheyne, Director of Government Affairs for the California Association of Food Banks

“This bill is vital to our mission of ending hunger in California. The Emergency Food for Families Fund is the only stable source of state support – with no impact on the General Fund – to food banks. Last year the Fund provided some $500,000 in donations, which food banks stretched into an incredible 2.5 million meals to neighbors in need.”

Donn K. Harris, Chair California Arts Council  

“We are grateful to Senator Newman for his leadership in ensuring and preserving a source of vital arts education funding for California’s young people through SB 503,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. “The Keep Arts in Schools Voluntary Contribution Fund supports our mission to expand access to arts education for California students. The arts help students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation – essential skills needed to succeed and thrive in school, in their communities, and in the workforce.”

Lou Paulson, Chair California Fire Foundation

“The California Firefighter’s Memorial fund depends largely on voluntary contributions from taxpayers. We thank Senator Josh Newman for his leadership on SB 503.  The amendment added to this measure will help vital programs throughout California to receive critical funding. "


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