SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Randy Voepel (R-Santee) issued the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed California State Budget, which was unveiled today:
“It’s clear that Governor Brown is concerned about declining tax revenue and the potential for a recession in the near future, and I appreciate his cautious approach. His willingness to hold spending essentially flat despite pressure to do otherwise is commendable. However, this does not change the fact that over the past six years spending is up by $36 billion. Furthermore, with more than $200 billion in outstanding debt and liabilities, I am greatly concerned that this budget fails to set us forth on a long-term path to fiscal prosperity.
“In addition, the priorities laid out within this budget reflect the desires of Legislative Democrats, rather than the core needs of California citizens. This budget neglects to address our significant transportation and water infrastructure needs, pays down far too little debt, and does not do enough to strengthen our state’s rainy day fund.
“While serving as Mayor of Santee, I made sure our city kept its priorities in order. By avoiding debt, keeping our pension obligations low, and running government efficiently, we were able to ensure our citizens enjoyed a high quality of life. There’s no reason we can’t do the same for California.”