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perezfile.JPGAssembly Speaker John A. Pérez is in Washington, D.C., this week touting an improved California economy and progress he says has been made on issues like health care and veterans' access to benefits and services.

"The whole idea here is figuring out how the state can benefit by maximizing our partnership with the federal government," Pérez said in a phone interview Tuesday.

Pérez is scheduled to meet with federal leaders, such as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and several other members of Congress. The California Legislature is currently on summer recess.

On Tuesday, he spoke to the Golden State Roundtable, a non-partisan organization of people in business, government and academia with interests in California. Pérez noted that the state's economy is much improved from when he spoke to the Golden State Roundtable last year.

Photo: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, speaks at the Sacramento Press Club on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua


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