Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today responded to the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s 2015-16 budget proposal:
“The Governor’s budget contains some common sense concepts such as building the state’s rainy day fund, further reducing debt, and investing in priorities such as education. However, I’m disappointed that the proposed budget continues to tax working families to fund high-speed rail. We should use those dollars instead for urgent needs such as repairing our roads and highways. This would help our economy, local governments, and California’s drivers.
“My experience tells me that today’s proposal is merely the opening chapter in a long debate. There will be strong pressure on the Governor and the Legislature to live beyond our means and raise taxes yet again – even as this proposal grows total state spending by $15 billion over last year’s budget. If we work together, we can produce a balanced plan that funds California’s priorities without higher taxes.”