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After a long and emotional campaign, we emerged … Victorious!

Our journey began two years ago the morning after Jerry Brown defeated Meg Whitman for governor in the 2010 general election. That’s when Vanessa and
I discussed my running for Assembly, at the place where many Wilk family decisions are made - at the breakfast table.

As you know, my long-time friend Cameron Smyth had just been re-elected to his final term in the Assembly, and we knew that our district needed to send another conservative to continue Cameron’s fight to save our state. I had worked as chief of staff for two state legislators that had held the 38th Assembly seat. Over the years I had been asked if I would run but our kids were small and it wasn’t the right time. With our son out of the house and our daughter in college the timing was now right. Vanessa and I were concerned with the direction California was headed. If things continued the way they were, our kids would not be able to stay in the state they were born and raised in.

From the earliest days of this campaign I told you that because of my experience when I was elected I would be ready from day one. I’ll be officially sworn in as your next Assemblyman at high noon on Monday, December 3rd, but I’ve already begun the hard work necessary to bring California back.

During the campaign I promised to advocate for better schools, improve the business climate so we can create jobs and reprioritize the state’s spending. I
know that the Legislature faces more than a budget deficit. It has a trust deficit. We can and we will change that.

Now it falls to me to fulfill those promises.

I will make one more promise to you: no one will work harder than I will to make California golden again.

I was recently asked in an interview what drove me to my decision to enter public life. I feel like public service is something that you are called to do. I don’t know
exactly when that feeling took hold, whether it was in my teens or in college. I am grateful that it did. That calling and the voters of the 38th district made this
possible. I now have the honor to serve as the next Assemblyman for the 38th District. I thank you for that and will work hard to warrant the trust you have
invested in me.

I would not be where I am today without the steadfast support of my best friend for the last 27 years, the rock of the Wilk family and the love of my life, Vanessa.

Thank you Vanessa!

I’m deeply indebted to every single supporter of our campaign. Your enthusiasm and your hard work made all of this possible. Thank you for everything.


Crime Victims United of California Endorse Wilk for the 38th Assembly District

Santa Clarita- The Crime Victims United of California have endorsed small businessman Scott Wilk to replace Assemblyman Cameron Smyth for the 38th Assembly District Seat. Smyth is vacating the seat due to term limits.

“Scott Wilk will work to ensure that justice and public safety are Government’s highest priority. His strong public safety record, along with his support for victims of crime, has earned him our endorsement,” said CVUC President, Harriet Salarno.

Crime Victims United of California is a bi-partisan, statewide organization comprised of victims of crime, law enforcement officials, legal professionals and others who work to protect and enhance public safety. The CVUC promotes effective crime reduction measures and works to strengthen the rights of crime victims.

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the Crime Victims United of California. They work tirelessly to give voice to victims of crime. I look forward to working with them to ensure that public safety remains a top priority in Sacramento.” Wilk stated.

Wilk is a small business owner, and has previously worked as Chief of Staff for Assembly members Tom McClintock and Paula Boland. He was recently re-elected to his second term on the Santa Clarita Community College Board of Trustees after being appointed in 2006 and elected in 2007.

California Association of Highway Patrolmen Endorse Wilk for State Assembly

Santa Clarita - The California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP) have endorsed candidate Scott Wilk to replace Assemblyman Cameron Smyth for the 38th Assembly District. Smyth is vacating the seat due to term limits.

“Scott Wilk is a strong supporter of public safety. He's willing to fight for the issues that impact our officers and their families. We need more people like Wilk representing us in the State Assembly.” said CAHP President Doug Villars.

The CAHP is an organization dedicated to serving active and retired California Highway Patrol officers. “I’m honored to have the endorsement of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen. These brave men and women put their lives on the line each day, providing safety and security throughout California. I look forward to working with them so that public safety remains a top priority in Sacramento,” Wilk remarked.

Wilk is a small business owner, and has previously worked as Chief of Staff for Assembly members Tom McClintock and Paula Boland. He was recently re-elected to his second term on the Santa Clarita Community College Board of Trustees after being appointed in 2006 and elected in 2007.

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ICYMI: Prop. 31 Will End California Legislatures Gut and Amend Antics

From The West Ranch Beacon:

Prop 31 will end California Legislature’s “Gut-and-Amend” antics
by Scott Wilk

Recently, Senate Bill 901 was introduced for a vote in the California State Legislature. It was intended to improve air quality by offering incentives to drivers to retire their older cars. At the last minute and in the final week of session the bill was rewritten into an entirely new bill. The Assembly stripped the Senate bill and titled the new legislation as The California Opportunity and Prosperity Act. It creates a five-year pilot program so that illegal alien workers who have worked in California since 2008 and who have paid taxes with a Federal Individual Tax number would be exempt from “apprehension, detention or removal” by the federal government. The bill is strikingly similar in content to a ballot initiative that was also titled the California

Opportunity and Prosperity Act that failed to garner enough signatures to get onto the June ballot. The practice of completely rewriting bills late in the legislative session is known as “gut-and-amend” and unfortunately is all too common in the state capital.

In this procedure, a bill is strip-mined of its original content and replaced with wholly unrelated content using only the original bill number. These changes, which are often hundreds of pages long, are then immediately put up for a vote with little or no time for Legislators to review them or debate the content. Let’s repeat that, our state legislators who are elected to represent us, aren’t given time to adequately review the content of the legislation and are forced to cast a vote based upon what the Assembly Speaker or Senate Leader says is in the bill.

Does this sound bizarre to you? How can legislators be required to vote on a bill, which will have real consequences for the public interest, without time to read it? The taxpaying public is also completely ignored and shunned by the legislative leaders through these backroom deals.

August 31st was the legislative deadline for this year. In the final days of session, the controversial and heinous practice of gut-and amend was in full swing. Bills that dealt with a range of topics from fire protection fees to solar power were all drastically altered towards the conclusion of the session. Californians have the right to know what their Legislature is doing on their behalf, or on the behalf of the special interests. If a citizen wants to speak out in favor or in opposition to a measure, they should have that right. After all, the Legislature is there to represent our best interest, an idea that is too often forgot once a Legislator is sworn in. The gut-and-amend process flies in direct opposition to that right.

Citizens should be able to read bills that are coming up for a vote and bills shouldn’t be allowed to be changed in the final days leading up to their vote. Fortunately there is a remedy coming soon. Election Day is November 6th and Proposition 31 is on the ballot and it will require that any bill which is up for approval in either house of the Legislature to be published at least 72-hours prior to its vote. I recently wrote a Signal editorial asking for your support of Proposition 31 because when passed, it will require performance-based reviews of state run programs and it will establish a much needed two-year state budget cycle. Now I’m asking you to support it for yet another reason.

Proposition 31 puts an end to the deplorable practice of gut-and-amend. By requiring that every bill published be available to the public for at least 72-hours in advance of a vote, it will stop the Democrat majority in the Legislature from producing these bait-and-switch bills that circumvent the constitutional rigors of a lengthy committee review process. It is important that every piece of legislation is vetted by both Houses of the Legislature and by the taxpaying public.

Please join me in supporting Proposition 31. It stops the abuse of the gut-and- amend process and ensures the proper oversight of legislation so the public’s right to know is protected.

Scott Wilk is a small business owner, a member of the California Republican Party appointed by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, a College of the Canyons trustee and the Republican nominee for California Assembly District 38.

National Federation of Independent Business Endorses Scott Wilk for Assembly

Sacramento- National Federation of Independent Business/California SAFE Trust has endorsed Scott Wilk to replace Assemblyman Cameron Smyth for the 38th Assembly District Seat. Smyth is vacating the seat due to term limits.

“We are pleased to support Scott Wilk for the 38th Assembly District,” said John Kabateck, NFIB/CA Executive Director. “As a small business owner, Scott knows first hand the challenges that our members face – increasing taxes, burdensome regulations and a challenging economy. He will represent our members effectively and put Main Street, the economy and jobs at the top of his agenda in Sacramento."

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is the nation’s leading and largest organization representing only small business in Washington D. C. and all 50 state capitals. In California they represent nearly 20,000 entrepreneurs across the state. “I’m very grateful to have the endorsement of the NFIB. We share a vision for California’s small businesses, where they can operate without the extreme current regulatory burden. Small businesses create jobs, and we need to make it easier for them to do so.” Wilk said.

California Small Business Association Endorses Wilk for Assembly

Los Angeles - The California Small Business Association has endorsed College of the Canyons Board of Trustee Scott Wilk to replace Assemblyman Cameron Smyth for the 38th Assembly District seat. Smyth is vacating the seat due to term limits. “We believe that Scott Wilk’s commitment to the future of small business is deserving of the support of our organization. He will do a great job representing small business in the State Assembly,” said CSBA President Betty Jo Toccoli. The California Small Business Association represents over 203,000 California small business owners. It is a non-partisan, small business advocacy group that provides a voice for California small businesses and works to stimulate the creation of jobs and the economy of California. “I’m honored to have the endorsement of the California Small Business Association. Small businesses employ the largest percentage of our State workers and we need them to be successful for our state to recover,” stated Wilk.

ICYMI: Scott Wilk: Students held hostage by Gov.’s Prop 30

It doesn’t feel like it because of our record heat wave, but a new school year is upon us. Many moms will shed a tear as their precious kindergartener steps into the classroom for the first time. Other parents will wave goodbye as their child, now an adult, pulls out of the driveway, car packed and headed to a faraway college campus.

Raising children, one discovers that the days can be long, but the years short. Our children, Scott Jr. and Alison Grace, have both completed college. Scott Jr. lives and works an hour away, and Alison recently became engaged and will be leaving the nest soon enough.

My wife, Vanessa, and I have all their college tuition paid off and now face a single wedding in our financial future.

However, the majority of California parents with college-age children face a much different reality than even my family experienced just a few short years ago. Tuition at both the University of California and California State University systems has increased due to budget cuts.

A Public Policy Institute of California study shows that enrollment rates of recent California high school graduates to either the UC or CSU systems has fallen by one-fifth. Is this because general-fund allocations for higher education have fallen by $1.6 billion over the last 10 years?

Education is the best pathway to success in American society. A quality education affords the opportunity for anyone to reach his or her dreams.

Studies have shown that on average college graduates will earn nearly $1 million more in their lifetimes than those without a degree. It’s simply much easier to achieve the American dream armed with a college education.

The Public Policy Institute of California also found that by 2025, without decisive action, California could have 1 million fewer college graduates than needed for the projected workforce.

California was ranked the worst state in which to do business for eight consecutive years by Chief Executive magazine; lack of a college-educated workforce provides just another reason why businesses will flee our state for better opportunities elsewhere.

The Public Policy Institute study stated that only modest changes were needed to stop the projected shortfall of qualified workers: increasing higher education funding; improving transfer rates to four-year universities; guaranteeing a set, four-year tuition schedule, as other states do; and funding schools at least partly by graduation rates and not just student enrollment.

How do we achieve these goals? We must recommit state funding to higher education.

This November, voters can take the first step in fixing this budgeting fiasco by approving Proposition 31. Proposition 31 establishes a two-year state budget cycle as opposed to the current one-year model. It also requires performance reviews of all state programs and would require performance goals.

Switching to a performance-based budget will force the Legislature to set priorities so colleges and universities aren’t faced with the uncertainty they face now. As a College of the Canyons trustee, I have seen this first hand.

By law, COC must pass our budget before the state produces its budget. Our board and administration act rationally; however, Sacramento often does not. This requires our college to turn on a dime mid-year because Sacramento officials miscalculated their financial projections.

Gov. Jerry Brown has his tax-increase initiative on the ballot in Proposition 30. He recently told voters that without approval of his tax increase, UC and CSU schools each face a $250 million cut while community colleges are threatened with a $300 million reduction.

While Brown holds our college students hostage, he is willing to fund pie-in-the-sky projects like high-speed rail. Brown has stated that without approval of Proposition 30’s massive tax hike, higher education systems will be cut by $800 million. That sounds a lot like blackmail to me.

Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics at University of Southern California, said that Brown’s tax proposal was the most expensive ransom note in California history.

I agree — it’s time for the governor to come clean with the motives behind his tax proposal. Sacramento must quit the political games and take a real-world approach to funding higher education so that our children have a renewed shot at the American Dream.

Join me in supporting Proposition 31 as a first step toward bringing common sense budgeting to Sacramento, so that our students’ future, not pet projects, are supported with your tax dollars.

California Firefighters Endorse Scott Wilk for 38th Assembly District

Santa Clarita- The California Professional Firefighters have endorsed candidate Scott Wilk to replace Assemblyman Cameron Smyth for the 38th Assembly District Seat. Smyth is vacating the seat due to term limits. “Scott Wilk believes that protecting public safety should be our government’s highest priority. He will vote to ensure the safety of our citizens and their communities. We're proud to endorse him for the 38th Assembly District." said CPF President Lou Paulson. The California Professional Firefighters Association is the largest statewide organization dedicated to serving the needs of career firefighters. “I’m honored to have the endorsement of the California Professional Firefighters. These courageous men and women put their lives on line each day to protect the citizens of California. When I get to Sacramento, I will work hard to protect public safety.” Wilk said.

L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley Endorses Wilk for Assembly

Los Angeles – Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley has endorsed College of the Canyons Board of Trustee and small business owner Scott Wilk to replace Assembly Cameron Smyth for the 38th Assembly District Seat. Smyth is vacating the seat due to term limits.

“Scott knows that public safety is government’s number one responsibility. He’ll fight to ensure that law enforcement is properly funded to protect our neighborhoods and families,” said Cooley.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley has developed the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office into the premier local prosecutorial agency in the nation. Cooley accomplishments include establishing the Public Integrity Unit to pursue public corruption, enhancing the use of D.A. technology to resolve cold cases, and bringing back from Mexico the killer of deputy sheriff David March.

“Steve Cooley’s commitment to the rule of law is unparalleled in prosecutor offices across the nation. He is the consummate public servant and it is an honor to receive his endorsement,” stated Wilk.

ICYMI: Scott Wilk: Bullet train derails state’s education

Proponents of the planned high speed rail system in California assure us that this beleaguered project will transform the Golden State into some sort of transit utopia.
“Imagine being able to ride a train from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than two hours,” they say. Or how amazing it will be when Southern California NFL fans can travel north to see a 49ers football game; just hop on the high speed rail for a smooth stress-free ride to Candlestick Park and back.
But should Sacramento really be pursuing this pipedream when according to the Los Angeles Times our state is facing a $28 billion budget deficit nightmare over the next 18 months?
Voters don’t think so. A recent University of Southern California Dornsife/L.A. Times poll showed that 59 percent of voters who voted for the project in 2008 would oppose the high speed rail project if given another chance to vote on it.
Despite this overwhelming public disapproval, Democrat-led majorities in both houses passed and Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1029 into law, which provides funds for the first phase of the $68 billion high speed rail project.
The funding includes $4.5 billion in bonds previously approved by voters, which then, in turn, freed up $3.2 billion in federal funding that would otherwise have expired. The $2.6 billion will be used to build an initial 130-mile segment from Madera to Bakersfield in the Central Valley.
This section of track will not connect to any other rail system and will remain unusable for years. This first phase will result in $800 million of general fund obligations over the next 30 years.
SB 1029 comes in the wake of the recently passed budget, which was written entirely in secret by the Democrats. It did not attempt to address any of the challenges facing our state and to top it off it is completely dependent on Brown’s $45 billion tax increase initiative on the November ballot that is unlikely to be approved by voters.
The budget is the single most important legislative action passed each year. It should reflect our state’s priorities and values. But to no one’s surprise the Democrats have produced an unrealistic budget and its true consequences only hurt hard-working Californians.
If Brown’s tax-increase initiative doesn’t pass then budget trigger cuts take effect. Public education receives 99 percent of the trigger cuts despite the fact that education only accounts for 50 percent of California’s General Fund spending.
Under the trigger cut proposal, kindergarten-through-12th-grade education would take a $2.7 billion programmatic hit and community colleges would receive a $300 million reduction. Additionally, the University of California system and California State University system would face $500 million of cuts.
Interestingly if the competing Molly Munger $10 billion tax initiative passes, which would send its increased tax revenue directly to schools, the education trigger cuts would still occur.
The trigger cuts would also take place when state revenues increase, as they are projected to do. The California Department of Finance said the state’s economy is expected to grow by up to $4.9 billion this year. If public education was a priority, it would have been fully funded by the Democrats.
Shockingly, the governor’s budget leaves health care and welfare untouched by these trigger cuts.
Health care and welfare costs will continue to grow by 18 percent over the next three years and represent almost 30 percent of general fund spending. Why did Democrats leave them untouched?
A recent Signal editorial deemed this year’s budget as “a sleight of hand” move. The budget simply shifts money around, delays payments and offers one-time solutions without providing any real reform. It doesn’t include any language that would demand Sacramento to limit its annual spending.
A fair question to ask is: “Why are the Democrats committed to funding the high speed rail project at the cost of our children’s future?”
State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, recently urged lawmakers to support the high-speed rail project by asking, “How many chances do we have to vote for something this important and long-lasting?”
This might be your legacy issue Steinberg and Brown, but by proceeding in this reckless manner you are failing many future generations of Californians.
Scott Wilk is a small-business owner. He is a member of the California Republican Party appointed by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth.


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