Statement on Passage of 2016-17 State Budget

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement regarding the passage of the 2016-17 state budget negotiated between Governor Brown and legislative Democrats:

“California’s next budget will spend a total of $122.5 billion in its General Fund, which is $6.9 billion more than last year. Yet, our state’s roads and bridges continue to be underfunded. Governor Brown insists on a gas tax increase to fund our roads, even though his budget spends an additional $930 million on high-speed rail and expands government in other areas. It is a reminder that our state has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.”