Senate Republicans on Democrat-Only Budget: No Reforms, No Jobs

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sacramento – Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton (Rancho Cucamonga) released the following statement regarding the passage of the Democrat-only “Hope without Change” budget:

Let’s get one thing clear about the budget the Democrats passed without Republican input or support – we will never fix this state’s chronic budget crisis until we get Californians back to work.

We need to focus on job creation, which must include regulatory and CEQA reform. We cannot continue to be the worst place in the nation to do business. Regulatory relief is critical for creating job opportunities in this state.

This budget not only lacks regulatory relief that is critical for creating job opportunities, it lacks the other reforms that Californians are demanding and deserve. Californians want a hard spending cap and they want reforms to fix the unsustainable state and local pension systems. Pension reform is the only way to ensure that state and local governments can continue to fund essential services in the future.

This is a “Hope without Change” budget. It relies on the hope for billions of phantom dollars and does nothing, absolutely nothing, to change government as usual.

Even worse, it does nothing to put people back to work.

Several members of the Senate Republican Caucus spokes out against the Democrats’ budget package during the Senate Floor debate. Following are excerpts of their Floor speeches:

Senator Republican Leader Bob Dutton (Rancho Cucamonga)
Dutton labels Democrat plan a “Hope without Change” budget

Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), Senate Budget Committee vice chair
Huff says Democrat Budget has none of the reforms Californians want and education budget trailer bill could cut funding for schools.

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto)
Berryhill says Democrats rejected Republican proposals for reform, jeopardizing public education.

Senator Bill Emmerson (R-Hemet)
Emmerson opposes Budget Bill that illegally increases vehicle license fees and Republican-authored spending cap would have spared public schools from cuts.

Senator Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel)
Walters says Democrat budget won’t close deficit.