ASSEMBLYMAN TRAVIS ALLEN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2014
Assemblyman Travis Allen Responds to
Governor Brown’s 2014 State of the State Address
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) today responded to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2014 State of the State address. Allen specifically commented on the Governor’s emphasis on fiscal responsibility and job creation, while acknowledging the reality of California’s wall of debt, unfunded pension liabilities, and the need to grow our economy in the face of unrelenting competition from other states.
In his address, the Governor highlighted his legislative priorities and proposals for the year ahead, while continuing to emphasize the need for fiscal responsibility and his desire to save some of our current budget surplus in a rainy day fund.
“I agree with the governor on the need for fiscal restraint, as we should not be spending temporary tax dollars on never-ending programs that taxpayers cannot afford,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen. “Additionally, I would like to have seen the Governor address the need for real solutions to California’s highest-in-the-nation personal income taxes, highest-in-the-nation poverty rates, and working toward paying down the massive unfunded pension liabilities within California’s public retirement system.”
The Governor also spoke of the importance of job creation and a thriving economy. While California used to be the fifth largest economy in the world, it has since dropped to the eighth. For nine years in a row, Chief Executive Magazine has rated the state as the worst in which to do business.
“As California’s tax structure is over 70% dependent on income taxes, our state is vulnerable to serious potential deficits when the next recession occurs unless we take positive action to improve our business climate in California,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on strengthening our economy by advocating for our key industries where California has a global competitive advantage, such as international trade, high-tech and biotech, high-end manufacturing, agriculture, entertainment, and tourism.”
Assemblyman Travis Allen is a certified financial planner, small business owner, the Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security (PERSS), and a member of the Committee on Appropriations.
Stephanie B. Freedman
Asm. Travis Allen (CA-72)
5126 State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
P: (916) 319-2072
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