TRAVIS ALLEN, ASSEMBLYMAN, 72nd DISTRICT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2016
CONTACT: Stephanie Freedman, (916) 319-2072
Assemblyman Travis Allen’s Response to the Governor’s May Revise
Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2016-17 California budget continues new historic spending levels despite his statements to the contrary:
“Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his May Revise for projected 2016-17 state spending, which shows that California’s tax revenues are $1.9 billion lower than anticipated. Despite this significant loss in expected revenue, the Governor only revised California’s record spending down by $500 million from his previous budget proposal in January. Perhaps reducing spending by $500 million when tax revenues are down by $1.9B makes sense under California’s new Common Core curriculum.
“Additionally, the Governor again acknowledged the well known fact that California will have a $4 billion deficit in three years, yet he paradoxically took $1.6 billion away from the rainy day fund which could help smooth deficits, and instead unveiled an extra $10 billion in permanent spending. Included in that additional spending is $3.2 billion for the recent minimum wage hike, $3.1 billion for the Cap and Trade program, and $2.1 billion for an ‘optional’ expansion of Obamacare.
“As Governor Brown so eloquently said today when talking about whether or not the government should take California taxpayer’s hard earned money, ‘the money in somebody’s [read: taxpayers] hands is a good thing’. Strangely, the arithmetic in the Governor’s budget doesn’t add up to his propaganda.”
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