FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2015
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Senate Republicans on Revised Budget and Missed Opportunities
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republicans today reaffirmed their budget priorities for the revised budget (Senate Bill 97), and offered several fiscally sound amendments to trailer bills that would commit the state to prioritizing local control over education funds and moving water storage projects through the CEQA process more efficiently. Ultimately, the amendments were not accepted, but the revised budget bill passed on a bipartisan 30-9 vote.
Even though the governor and Republicans are largely in accord on the need for a fiscally responsible budget that uses more conservative revenue projections, the governor has been forced to push and cajole legislative Democrats to restrain spending on less urgent issues and come to agreement on priorities, as recent media accounts have reported. Continue reading