SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and the Vice Chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) provided the following statements on the governor’s 2019-20 budget proposal:
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates:
“In Governor Newsom’s first budget there is a lot to applaud, including expanded efforts to pay off debt, build the state’s reserves, and increase the Earned Income Tax Credit. The budget also includes fulfilling the will of the voters in expending voter-approved bond and tax funds to build and modernize schools and increase rate reimbursements for medical providers that will result in greater access to health care for California citizens.
“The Governor’s budget would spend a record-high $209 billion, an increase of $8 billion over last year. I remain concerned with massive unfunded liabilities and also the new proposals to expand services and obligations that the state will not be able to afford when the economy slows down. Democratic state legislators have already proposed $40 billion in new spending, much of which would be above and beyond what the Governor has proposed. Hopefully the final budget will reflect more caution.”
Senator Jim Nielsen:
“The Governor got off to a good start. It is encouraging that Governor Gavin Newsom proposed funding to help survivors and communities rebuild. Governor Newsom pledged three years of property tax reimbursement to Butte County. This is important for the citizens and the stability of our communities.
“Debt retirement and paying into the pension liabilities will be very helpful for future generations.
“We have to be cautious in expanding the state’s spending so we don’t repeat mistakes of the past, when a big surplus was squandered and resulted in a $45 billion deficit.
“Californians cannot afford to repeat this mistake. It is encouraging that Governor Newsom is sensitive to that.”