Assemblyman Jones Expresses Frustration with First Assembly Budget Hearing on Governor Brown’s 2011-12 Budget Plan
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Budget Committee member Brian Jones, R-Santee, today expressed deep frustration with the Governor’s budget proposal, which is short on cutting the size of government and long on smoke and mirrors.
“I almost want to support the governor’s proposed initiative, if for no other reason than it would once again allow the voters to say “no” to new taxes. As a fiscal conservative, however, I cannot justify the expense of putting this on the ballot only so the people can tell us “no more taxes” yet another time. This budget proposal appears to depend heavily on gimmicks, bribes, and fraudulent assumptions. We have to be able to do better than this.”
On Monday, Governor Brown released the 2011-12 state budget proposal, his plan to close California’s $25.4 billion budget deficit over the next 18 months. The Governor’s budget relies upon more than $12 billion in higher taxes through a proposed five-year extension of temporary sales, income and car tax increases set to expire this year.
Each of the tax increases proposed by Governor Brown were rejected by voters in the May 2009 special election. Placing the tax increases on the ballot will require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature.
“I applaud the Governor’s efforts to make significant cuts and we need to continue to move in that direction. However, there is no reason to put this back in the hands of the voters, just because the Legislature can’t make the tough decisions we were elected to make,” said Jones. “These are the very same tax increases that are slowing the recovery of the economy, because they hit California families every day, right the pocketbook.”
Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, represents the 77th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Alpine, Borrego Springs, Bostonia, Casa de Oro – Mount Helix, Crest, El Cajon, Granite Hills, Harbison Canyon, Jamul, La Mesa, Lakeside, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, San Diego, San Diego Country Estates, Santee and Winter Gardens.