INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Members Lieu and Niello
    (   Coauthors:   Assembly Members 
 Adams,   Ammiano,   Anderson,  
Arambula,   Bass,   Beall,   Bill
Berryhill,   Tom Berryhill,   Blakeslee,  
Block,   Bradford,   Brownley,  
Buchanan,   Charles Calderon,   Carter,  
Chesbro,   Conway,   Cook,   Coto, 
 Davis,   De La Torre,   De Leon,  
Emmerson,   Eng,   Evans,   Feuer, 
 Fletcher,   Fong,   Fuentes,  
Fuller,   Furutani,   Gaines,   Galgiani,
  Garrick,   Gilmore,   Hagman,  
Hall,   Hayashi,   Hernandez,   Hill,
  Jeffries,   Jones,   Bonnie Lowenthal,
  Ma,   Mendoza,   Miller,  
Monning,   Nava,   Nestande,   Nielsen,
  John A. Perez,   V. Manuel Perez,  
Portantino,   Ruskin,   Salas,   Saldana,
  Silva,   Skinner,   Solorio,  
Audra Strickland,   Swanson,   Torlakson, 
 Torres,   Torrico,   Tran,  
Villines,   and Yamada   ) 

                        MARCH 22, 2010

   Relative to Financial Aid and Literacy Month.


   ACR 147, as amended, Lieu. Financial Aid and Literacy Month.
   This measure would declare April 2010 as Financial Aid and
Literacy Month to raise public awareness about the need for increased
financial literacy.
   Fiscal committee: no.

   WHEREAS, Over 630,000 California homeowners faced losing their
homes through foreclosure in 2009, an increase of nearly 21 percent
from 2008, and many of these homeowners were unaware of the risks
associated with their specific mortgage loan; and
   WHEREAS, Current mortgage disclosures convey key information to
consumers that is often confusing, misunderstood, and may contribute
to information problems in the mortgage market; and
   WHEREAS, The average outstanding credit debt for households that
have a credit card was $10,679 at the end of 2008; and
   WHEREAS, Over one-third of young adults own credit cards, and
young people receive little in the way of financial education; and
   WHEREAS, Nearly one-third of college students put tuition fees on
their credit cards, an increase from 24 percent in 2004; and
   WHEREAS, As students progress through school, credit card usage
increases. Ninety-two percent of final-year college students have a
credit card compared to 42 percent of freshmen. Fifty-six percent of
final-year students carry four or more cards, and 74 percent of
undergraduates use credit cards for school supplies; and
   WHEREAS, Eighty-four percent of undergraduate college students
carried at least one credit card in 2008, up from 76 percent in 2004;
   WHEREAS, In 2008, college seniors with at least one credit card
graduated with an average of $4,138 in credit card debt, up 44
percent from 2004, and first year students' average credit card debt
jumped 27 percent to $2,038; and
   WHEREAS, Eighty-four percent of undergraduates indicated in a
recent Sallie Mae survey that they need more education on financial
management topics; and
   WHEREAS, The share of families with any type of debt climbed to 77
percent during the period of 2004 through 2007, and the largest
increase was for families headed by persons 75 years of age or older;
   WHEREAS, A large majority of workers who have not put money aside
for retirement have little in savings at all, and seven in 10 of
these workers say their assets total less than $10,000; and
   WHEREAS, The median amount in retirement accounts is $2,000; and
   WHEREAS, The savings rate for American consumers is only 4
percent; and
   WHEREAS, Only 41 percent of workers indicate they or their spouses
currently have a defined benefit pension plan, yet 59 percent say
they are expecting to receive income from such a plan during
retirement; and
   WHEREAS, According to an Oppenheimer Funds retirement survey, 98
percent of retirees that were surveyed regret how they spent their
money before retiring, and 97 percent of baby boomers share this
regret and are uncomfortable with how much they have accumulated
during their preretirement years; and
   WHEREAS, The percentage of workers who are very confident about
having sufficient financial resources for a comfortable retirement
fell from 27 percent in 2007 to 18 percent in 2008; and
   WHEREAS, One in five Americans reported using nonbank loan methods
such as payday loans or cash advances in the last five years; and
   WHEREAS, The national unemployment rate climbed to 9.7 percent in
February of this year; and
   WHEREAS, High school seniors taking part in a national survey of
financial knowledge scored an average of 48.3 percent, a failing
grade; and
   WHEREAS, Increasing the financial literacy of all economic and
ethnic groups is documented to increase consumer confidence, lead to
improved decisionmaking, and provide for a more secure future for the
individuals and their families who have been educated in these
issues; and
   WHEREAS, In recognition of the importance of teaching financial
literacy, the number of states that require high school students to
take a personal finance course has increased from seven in 2007 to 13
in 2009; and
   WHEREAS, Many groups are dedicated to increasing the financial
literacy of Americans and a broad range of quality personal finance
materials and curricula have been created for this purpose, but
audiences to which this information is vital are not being reached;
   WHEREAS, Financial literacy training may easily be integrated as a
valuable component for elementary and secondary schools, colleges
and universities, libraries, community groups, and citizen town hall
meetings; now, therefore, be it
   Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby declares April 2010
as Financial Aid and Literacy Month to raise public awareness about
the need for increased financial literacy; and be it further
   Resolved, That legislators, employers, schools, service groups,
community organizations, libraries, financial institutions, and the
media be encouraged to provide opportunities for financial literacy
education for all Californians through a variety of means and to
collaborate with members of the California Society of Certified
Public Accountants, the California Jump$tart Coalition, and others as
they provide outreach and education; and be it further
   Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of
this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.