Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) offered the following statement after hearing Governor Brown’s 2014 State of the State Address:
“I appreciate the Governor embracing Republican values when it comes to spending restraint, paying off our debts, and building a rainy day reserve. Those are policies that all Californians can support.
“The Governor pointed out that California has added about one million jobs since 2010. That sounds like good news, but not enough of them help poor and middle class families. The Central Valley is hurting, the Inland Empire is hurting, and our rural areas are in decline. California’s unemployment rate is still at nearly 9 percent; only five other states are worse off. That’s why I’m disappointed the Governor hasn’t laid out a plan to help California families that are still struggling to find jobs. We need to do much more to get all Californians the jobs they need.
“With respect to establishing a real rainy day fund, I think that he should honor the promise to let voters weigh in this November on the bipartisan rainy day fund embraced in ACA 4. I believe this is a stronger and more effective rainy day reserve than what he has proposed.
“Republicans have always been a voice for local control, and we were supporters of the local control funding formula to help our schools. But, I remain concerned about the lack of adequate funding for communities who are struggling with crime because of the Governor’s local public safety realignment plan. We need more recidivism reduction programs and increased supervision of criminals.
“There is much work to be done this year. Senate Republicans are ready to work on policies that move California forward and get more people back to work.”