Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) reviews the January budget proposal from Governor Jerry Brown in his Capitol Comment report for the week of January 12, 2015.
Senator Huff says the Governor is proving to be the voice of fiscal sanity, resisting calls from others in his own party to spend more taxpayer money.
Senator Huff also touches on the important of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Here is the script for this week’s Capitol Comment:
I’m Senator Bob Huff and this is my Capitol Comment for the Week of January 12th, 2015.
Governor Jerry Brown has once again become the voice of fiscal restraint in his proposed budget for the new fiscal year that starts in July. Senate Republicans agree with several major points in the governor’s plan.
He wants to direct $1.2 billion to the Rainy Day Fund established under Proposition 2. At the same time, the governor wants to direct another $1.2 billion of the budget to pay down the wall of debt.
The governor’s plan also increases funding for our schools. It expands adult education opportunities and also includes additional funding for our community colleges. True to his word, the governor’s plan also contains additional funding for higher education — $120 million each for CSU and the University of California.
But not everyone is pleased. Democrats in the legislature want the Governor to spend more.
One Senator immediately reacted to the Governor’s budget with this statement: “I am extremely concerned that there is insufficient additional funding…” One Assemblymember questions “whether our priority should be remaining cautious about new spending and paying down debt,” while calling for new “investments.”
The facts are this. This budget spends a record amount of money. It spends $11 billion more than last year’s budget. And that still isn’t enough for some people. It will never be enough. This is the fight that the Governor is facing. And this fight isn’t with Republicans. It’s with his own party.
On another matter – Californians and the rest of the nation gather this Monday to celebrate the life and accomplishments of civil rights leader Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King was a tireless advocate for justice and equality who challenged America to live up to its founding principles. During the less than 13 years of his leadership of the American Civil Rights Movement, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than in the previous 350 years. Dr. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.
He blazed a pathway for all to follow when he proclaimed: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
I’m Senator Bob Huff. Thank you for joining me for my Capitol Comment.
Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Leader and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter @bobhuff99. Visit Senator Huff’s website at www.sen.ca.gov/huff.