(SACRAMENTO, CA) â 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.
âThe budget bill includes many good elements, but it is a document of missed opportunities,â said Brulte.
âEarlier 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.
âWhile 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 â and invest in â its future. The budget before us today does not take advantage of this opportunity,â 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)|
|Cal Grant Increases||$125||$138|
|K-14 Local Discretionary Funding||$1,525||$2,131|
|Medi-Cal Reimbursement Rate Increase||$342||$274|
|Nursing Home Rate Increase||$141||$248|
|Carl Moyer Diesel Fuel Tax Credit||$50||$50|
|R&D Tax Credits||$24||$16|