Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff Responds to the Governor'€™s Proposed May Budget Revision

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Senate Republican Leader Huff (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement on the Governor’s proposed May Budget Revision:

“The Governor has revenue estimates that are lower than anyone expected, largely due to the increased payroll tax suppressing the economy. Higher tax rates and continuing high unemployment mean less money in people’s pockets and less money to propel the economy.”

“We have common ground with the Governor in a belief that we cannot return to a culture of overspending that drives new budget crises.  Governor Brown referred to this as a ‘Call for Prudence,’ we would call it ‘Common Sense.’ It seems that the Governor’s biggest budget challenge will be in restraining legislative Democrats and their growing wish list of new spending.”

“Senate Republicans continue to believe that the State must meet the promises of the voter approved Proposition 30 tax increase measure by increasing funding for K-14 and higher education.  We also believe that the Governor should support our efforts to allow Californians to vote on the bi-partisan rainy day reserve fund that had been previously scheduled for the 2012 ballot.  Implementing a voter approved rainy day reserve requirement is the best way to protect against future budget crises and ensure stability.”

“The Legislature should spend less time on a growing list of additional tax proposals such as soda taxes, oil severance taxes, tobacco taxes and several property tax measures that undermine historic Proposition 13 protections and instead focus on the growing public safety crises caused by the passage of AB 109, the Governor’s Public Safety Realignment scheme that has shifted 65,000 criminals from state prison to our local communities and neighborhoods.”