SACRAMENTO – California Assembly Republicans have officially unveiled their plan to address poverty and help the middle class in California. The ‘Helping the Middle Class and Serving Those In Need’ document outlines legislation for the coming year to tackle real issues facing Californians, including the high cost of child care, a lack of meaningful job opportunities and the high cost of housing. Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes released the following statement on ‘Helping the Middle Class and Serving Those In Need’: “Growing up in the high desert town of Yucca Valley, I saw a tremendous amount of natural beauty but also a tremendous amount of poverty. While our state’s economic engine is creating immense wealth in the Silicon Valley, we can no longer ignore the fact that 2.5 million children are still living in poverty in both urban and rural California. There are really are two California’s: one that serves the rich and one that is failing poor and working class Californians” Although California may be the richest state in the nation, it’s a fact that California has the highest poverty rate in the nation.