Response to the 2015 – 16 Budget
I issued the following statement regarding developments in the 2015-16 budget:
“Democrat Legislators want to once again spend hard working Californian’s tax dollars at an all-time record level. Sacramento Democrats’ tax-and-spend mentality proves once again why California is ranked the lowest in education, business environment, and economic mobility as shown through our high unemployment and highest-in-the-nation poverty rate.
“Throughout this year’s budget discussions the Democrats consistently tried to raid the surplus funds that voters set aside to pay down the state’s colossal debt, which currently stands at $340 billion. With California being the highest taxed state in the nation, now is the time to stop Sacramento’s out of control spending.
“The 2015-16 budget spends our record tax revenues of $115 billion. Sacramento Democrats insist on supporting boondoggle projects such as high speed rail, the delta smelt, sending fireworks to New Orleans, and even road lanes for fish. This is while hardworking California families are struggling to make ends meet and our core government responsibilities such as education, infrastructure, public safety, and healthcare are all failing.
“Together with all 28 of my Republican colleagues in the Assembly, I called on Governor Brown to use lower, more conservative revenue projections and reject the irresponsible budget put forward by the Democrat politicians in Sacramento. We must act now to stop California’s high speed train off the financial cliff.”