Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today issued the following statement in response to today’s vote on the majority party’s state budget plan:
“This budget gives a false sense of security to Californians, especially to young people and those seeking to escape poverty. While the budget provides more resources for education, it creates new and additional spending in other areas, which is simply unsustainable. The higher spending may lead to higher taxes, which will make it more expensive to create jobs for those who need them the most.
“The undeniable fact is that this budget would spend a record $269 billion, which is $15 billion higher than last year’s budget. It also promises money that may never materialize as it assumes that the state will receive $3 billion more than what Governor Brown believes we will receive. That’s why he has not agreed to this budget. He recognizes that it repeats the foolishness of relying on rosy economic projections.
“Governor Brown has governed during times of both boom and bust, and I hope he will resist the urge to live beyond our means. By paying down more debt and smartly investing in top priorities such as education, we can avoid major problems down the road and secure a healthier future for all Californians.”