Budget Bill, AB 1740, Voted On Senate Floor

Senate Republicans Score Minor Victories
Thursday, June 15, 2000

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Senate Republican Leader Jim Brulte (R-Rancho Cucamonga) today voted against Assembly Bill 1740, the $100 billion budget bill and encouraged the Senate to reject it.

“The budget bill includes many good elements, but it is a document of missed opportunities,” said Brulte.

“Earlier in the year we made bold proposals to cut higher education fees by fifty percent, reduce gridlock and traffic congestion, boost Medi-Cal reimbursement rates for doctors, chiropractors and dentists, and provide working families with a much needed tax cuts. These proposals are not adequately addressed in this budget.

“While the overall priorities funded in this budget reflect those of Senate Republicans, the amount of funding and manner in which it is spent leave a great deal to be desired. With an historic surplus, California is in the enviable position of being able to plan for – and invest in – its future. The budget before us today does not take advantage of this opportunity,” concluded Brulte.

Some Senate Republicans proposals, however, were included in the final version of the budget.

Senate Republican Proposal Amount Funded At
(in millions) (in millions)
EDUCATION
Cal Grant Increases $125 $138
Education Incentives $6 $10
School Safety $179 $61
Parental Choice $25 $25
Computer Literacy $175 $175
K-14 Local Discretionary Funding $1,525 $2,131
SAFER COMMUNITIES
Technology Grants $180 $75
COPS $250 $121
Crime Labs $220 $96
SAFETY NET
Medi-Cal Reimbursement Rate Increase $342 $274
Nursing Home Rate Increase $141 $248
BUSINESS CLIMATE
Carl Moyer Diesel Fuel Tax Credit $50 $50
R&D Tax Credits $24 $16