Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today responded to the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s revised 2016-17 budget proposal:
“The Governor’s call for preparing for the ‘days of necessity’ in the face of falling tax revenues is undermined by the fact that he and legislative Democrats have made new major spending commitments. For example, he signed a minimum wage increase that will eventually raise state spending by $3.4 billion each year. He also continues to fund the high-speed rail boondoggle while insisting that the state must raise taxes to repair our roads.
“Increasing gas taxes on drivers by $3 billion when California’s gas taxes are already the nation’s fifth highest makes no sense. The Governor’s revised budget makes it clear that California doesn’t need higher taxes to perform its core functions. Until Sacramento’s priorities change, we will see more of the same – more spending, more taxes and more government.”