Senate Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth (R-Murrieta) and Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) issued the following statements concerning state budget deliberations.
Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth - Senate Republican Leader: "The budget proposals Democrats have put forward so far are financially irresponsible or illegal. Only Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed a legal budget proposal that closes the $19 billion deficit without raising taxes. We share the same goals: fix the budget by reducing spending and without raising taxes, reform some of the biggest looming problems, and get the economy moving again by bringing jobs back to California."
Sen. Bob Dutton - Vice Chairman, Senate Budget Committee: "I've become increasingly frustrated during this budget process because it has become clear that the only solutions Democrats have offered to close the $19 billion deficit are a mix of accounting maneuvers and tax increases. In fact, the Assembly Democrats' proposal is so bad that the Legislative Analyst's Office has said it is not only legally questionable, but would create a $16 billion deficit next year.
"Every day we wait to make the difficult decisions to bring spending in line with revenues, California's budget woes get worse. Republicans have made it clear that we will not support a budget that raises taxes or further burdens California businesses. Instead of considering budgets that will raise taxes on families by hundreds of dollars a year and make our fiscal crisis worse, now is the time to negotiate a plan that protects the interests of hard working California families and those businesses struggling to survive in these difficult economic times."