“This budget framework is incomplete, unsustainable and not fiscally responsible.
“This budget has ongoing deficits for the foreseeable future yet it ignores major infrastructure needs while financing misplaced priorities.
“The independent Legislative Analyst’s Office warned us to not pass a budget with ongoing budget deficits. The Governor’s own forecasts show operating deficits that range from $14-17 billion per year over the next four years.”
“Instead of focusing on the Governor of Florida, Californians want the Governor of California to be focused on the crises in our state. From an intensifying affordability crisis, housing shortages, rising crime, fentanyl, homelessness, flooding, hospital closures, an insurance crisis, the time for Governor Newsom to engage all sides is now.
“Californians continue to leave our state. Companies are leaving or closing permanently. In some cases, companies are just not expanding or doing business anymore in California.
“With so much uncertainty on the horizon, now is the time for prudence and input from both sides in the budget process.”
Senate Budget Vice Chair Warns: State Budget Meets Constitutional Obligation, But Fails to Meet Needs of Taxpayers
SACRAMENTO - Republican Senator Roger Niello (R-Fair Oaks), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to the California Senate's passage of the 2023-2024 budget today:
“It is disappointing to see my Democratic colleagues pass a budget that overspends. This budget relies on unrealistic revenue assumptions and will lead to multi-year deficits.
“Passing this budget meets the state deadline, but it is nothing more than a shell game that fails to meet the needs of taxpayers. I fear this placeholder budget largely ignores the economic uncertainty that will negatively impact Californians in the future and put us in an even deeper financial hole.”
In his recent column in CalMatters, Dan Walters wrote, “The California Legislature will be playing charades this week, passing a budget bill to meet the June 15 constitutional deadline even though it’s not the real budget. It will, however, protect lawmakers’ paychecks.”
Click here to listen to Senate Budget Vice Chair Niello’s floor remarks from last week when Senate Democrats approved amending the budget over the weekend, limiting public input and decreasing transparency.
Gallagher Statement on Passage of Budget Proposal
SACRAMENTO - Today, Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher issued the following statement on the Assembly’s passage of the 2023-24 budget bill:
“While regular folks have to make hard choices to deal with California’s affordability crisis and weak job market, Capitol Democrats are relying on gimmicks and borrowing to continue spending like there’s no tomorrow. Californians deserve a real budget that controls spending, helps the economy and makes our state a better place to live. This spending plan isn’t it.”