Senator Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin) issued the following statement regarding Governor Brown’s revised budget proposal:
“Today, the Governor announced the budget deficit is now at a staggering $16 billion – $7 billion more than his initial budget in January. As shocking as that number may be, it should come as no surprise.
“Last year’s irresponsible budget was full of gimmicks and tricks, based on imaginary money that never materialized. It didn’t actually address the structural reform California desperately needed. As a result, our state has been pushed deeper into debt.
“So how do we get out of this mess? The Governor and legislative Democrats’ plan is to rely on voters passing the tax increases on the November ballot in order to balance the budget. That’s quite a risky bet when the tax extensions of 2009 were rejected in every single county in the state.
“I can’t think of a clearer message to Governor Brown that the people do not want more money taken out of their pockets to fuel overspending in Sacramento.
“California’s problem is not that the people are taxed too little, but that the government spends too much. According to the Governor’s own May revision numbers, state General Fund spending will increase by nearly $5 billion over the current fiscal year.
“We have to examine every possible avenue for saving money so that we can keep providing core government services, such as education and public safety, at a price we can afford.
“I will do all I can to help guide our state down the path towards a better California. I will continue working tirelessly with the Governor and my colleagues on a budget that does not rely on tax increases, includes job-creating incentives, calls for regulatory reform and will not further the burden on hard-working California families.”
The Governor’s revised budget proposal hinges on the passage of his tax increase plan, which includes a quarter cent sales tax increase and increasing income tax on people who make $250,000 or more a year.
To view the entire revised budget, visit www.ebudget.ca.gov.