GREG CONLON ANNOUNCES RUN FOR U.S. SENATE

Palo Alto, Calif. - Greg Conlon has decided to run for U.S. Senate for the first open seat in over two decades, after Senator Barbara Boxer’s retirement and has qualified for the ballot this week. 

Kamala Harris, the current California Attorney General, is the favored Democrat candidate for the Senate seat. His internal poll with more than 4,000 respondents had him in a virtual tie with Harris 35%, to his 32%.  All other candidates polled less than 10%, with 21% of voters still undecided.  This poll was taken in the middle of February, weeks before he was qualified on the ballot. 

If elected he has three objectives:

First, reduce the size of government and balance the Federal budget each year by reducing the administrative work force in Federal agencies and not replacing retired employees. The nation needs to do this to avoid a financial collapse and protect its bond rating with a national debt of over $20 trillion.  

Second, resolve immigration issues by strengthening our borders, enforcing the terms of visas legally issued to foreign citizens and reducing all Federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities. The nation needs to solve this issues to avoid losing desirable high paying jobs to foreign students overstaying their visas. Also to reduce the cost of supporting illegal immigrants' health care.

Third, provide private sector jobs by reducing the income tax rate on large businesses to 5%, rather than 35% today,  for cash returned to the U.S. in exchange for new job creation.  The nation needs the additional investment to create over 1.0 to 2.0 million new jobs and spur the economy to growth at 3 to 4% rather than the one and a half to two percent today.  

Greg is a businessman, CPA, has his attorney's license in Washington D.C. and was a former Air Force Pilot.  He served as a former  Commissioner to the California Public Utilities Commission where he also served as President for two years and to the California Transportation Commission where he also served as a Commissioner.  He was a partner in an international accounting firm, serving clients as a CPA, and has been a business consultant to various business entities. With his experience in both the private and public sector, he understands the economic and financial challenges in balancing budgets and effectively serve the public and Veterans.

As indicated in last month's poll he believes he has a good chance to win the Primary in June and the General Election in November.  He was the Republican nominee for State Treasurer in 2014 and garnered almost 3.0 million votes.  He looks forward to representing California and would be honored to have your support and your vote. 

GREG CONLON COMMENTS ON THE FUTURE OF
CALIFORNIA’S HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Contact: Greg Conlon (650)-315-4956

(Palo Alto, CA) - California is taking away an outstanding educational opportunity from some of its best and brightest high school graduates by limiting their access to the University of California system. US News and World Report ranks UC Berkeley and UCLA 20th and 23rd in the nation, yet 30% of their students come from out of state. That amounts to approximately 8,500 students each out of a total of 27,000 to 30,000 students, respectively. While out-of-state tuition costs $36,000 per year, or $23,000 more than in-state tuition, this additional revenue supports only about 6% of UC System’s expenses.

Is this really what we want to do — give away about 17,000 spots a year in these two schools to out-of-state and out-of-nation students and deprive our own top students of this educational opportunity and future high-paying jobs?. My answer is no. The State of California has decreased its funding of the UC System in total from 18% of the State's general fund in the late ‘70's to 11 to 12% today. These decreases compare with increases in health and human services, corrections and rehabilitations, and K-12 education from 60% to 80% of the State's General Fund expenditures. These statistics are available from a Study of Public Education in California by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.

Meanwhile other universities that are ranked equal or higher than our two top public universities are charging about $10,000 more per year (average $48,000 per year) in student fees. So not only are we giving away these top spots to non-state students, we are doing it at a discount compared to similar top 20 universities in the nation (see US News and World Report Rankings).

As a candidate for the U. S. Senate, I believe a federal policy regarding issuance of student visas to out-of-nation students can positively address the inequity of educational opportunity for California’s equally qualified best and brightest students. I propose that out-of-nation students (who are primarily from China and India) be subjected to requirements similar to those currently imposed for issuance of "Green Cards" for foreign persons to obtain work visas. My recommendation is that each University would have to demonstrate that there are no equally qualified in-state students, based on test scores and GPA, who could fill the available slot for admission. Only then would student visas be issued. While the loss of higher tuition revenue would have an impact, I believe we can find ways to make up much of the lost revenue. First the California legislature should try to increase appropriations for the UC System and reverse the trend of the downward spiral. Second, based on my experience in both the private sector as a businessman and CPA and my public sector experience as President of the California PUC, it is not out of the question to find some savings to recover some of the 6% in the University System expenditures.

This is not an easy problem to solve but by addressing this issue we can increase the chances for California’s best and brightest to receive a high-quality education and gain access to future high-paying jobs right here at home. If you agree with my recommendations and comments please support my campaign with a donation so I can win my election and try to implement these recommendation.

For more information, visit www.gregconlon.com.
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