SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, today reacts to the Governor’s 2013-14 budget proposal, calling on legislative Democrats to uphold voter’s intent and be transparent through the budget process.
“Republicans have been talking about the need for fiscal restraint in California for years, and I am very encouraged that Governor Brown is focusing on this now, but Californian’s should watch closely what will unfold in the months to come,” Jones said. “The Proposition 30 campaign promised voters their tax dollars would be used to fully fund education, but there is absolutely no guarantee that this will happen and I will work to make sure the intent of the voters is not ignored.”
To that end, Assemblyman Jones has co-authored Assembly Bill 67, which would prevent tuition hikes for students at the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California while Proposition 30 tax increases are in effect. Governor Brown’s budget anticipates revenues due to the passage of Proposition 30; however, other anticipated revenues are down by close to $800 million from last summer’s Budget Act, according to the Legislative Analyst Office.
“Republicans are not going to sit on the sidelines while Democrats mismanage the state’s finances by overspending and overtaxing,” Jones added. “While California families feel the heavy burden and businesses flee the state, I want to make sure that this budget affecting them will not be crafted late into the night. All Californians should be a part of the process.”