As of today, May 27, the Legislature has just 35 days until the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. Now more than ever, it’s time for both parties to work together with greater urgency to reach bipartisan consensus on the responsible budget Californians deserve.
Assembly Republicans are fighting hard on behalf of
It is unfortunate that the only budget solutions Democrats seem willing to entertain are raising taxes. Just this week, Senate Democrats proposed a whopping $4.9 billion tax increase on every
Assembly Republicans believe that the best way to bring in new revenue to the state is to grow our economy. By taking steps to lower costs and make
If we are ever going to bring in the type of tax revenue we all desire to fund priorities like education and public safety at the level we desire, then we must grow the economy and get people working again.
Democrats have also talked about the importance of budget reform. Republicans agree. Now is the time to fix our broken budget system by passing a strict spending limit and a strong rainy day reserve fund. Only by forcing the Legislature to bring spending in line with revenue will we make any realistic progress in ending runaway
We should also give the Governor the authority to make mid-year budget cuts during a fiscal crisis. Though there was agreement on cutting $20 billion from the budget last year the governor must be empowered to act quickly to make cuts during budget emergencies.
Unfortunately, when Democrats talk about budget reform, they really mean making it easier to raise taxes and pass budgets without Republican input. This would only pave the way for more of the irresponsible budgets that caused our current budget crisis in the first place. It would also drive up the pressure each year to raise your taxes to pay for this reckless spending.
The need for lawmakers to set aside partisanship and act with great urgency to pass a balanced budget is very important. Speaker Pérez has said many times that he wants a collaborative budget that comes from the Legislature, not one that is largely driven by the Big 5. We agree.
As someone who as participated in the drafting of 14 state budgets, I know firsthand the importance of reaching budget consensus in the Legislature. But we will not make much progress in doing so if the Budget committee and subcommittees are used to rubberstamp a partisan Democrat budget. If we are going to bring the parties together, then it is incumbent upon the Speaker to allow for an open, honest budget process, where Republican ideas are incorporated – not rejected on party-line votes.
Republicans appreciate the grave budget situation facing