FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2016
CONTACT: Bill Bird @ 916-651-4029
Senator Huff’s Statement on Passage of the State Budget
SACRAMENTO: Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) issued the following statement after a revised state budget bill passed the State Senate today:
“As with most budgets, there are some things to like and issues I don’t agree with. It increases K-14 education funding to an all-time high of $72 billion, which is an increase of almost $25 billion over five years. It also includes some new funding for local law enforcement and jail construction. I’m also pleased that this budget includes a $2 billion investment into our “Rainy Day” budget reserve, raising the balance in the fund to $6.7 billion, which is about 54 percent of its constitutional target. We shouldn’t just increase spending without preparing for a future economic downturn.”
“However, I am concerned with the level of spending in this budget, and it’s just one reason why it has not earned my support. It embraces a new record high spending level of $122.5 billion, which is $7 billion more than last year’s budget. This puts us back on a path to fiscal crisis in California because we cannot sustain this level of spending. Even the Governor’s own Department of Finance projects this spending blueprint will produce a budget deficit of more than $4 billion within three years, and even more should the economy falter.”
Senator Huff represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter at @bobhuff99.