By Michael P. Neufeld
Sacramento, CA -Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State address is “overly optimistic.”
At least that’s the opinion of Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks 33).
In a statement following Brown’s speech, Donnelly said: “Governor Brown shared an overly optimistic picture of California based on yet-to-be realized revenue estimates, while lauding his continued spending plans. Those plans include a guarantee to move forward with costly high-speed rail construction. He even likened California to a train—go figure.”
Donnelly also stated: “He failed to mention though that: 3 million Californians are out of work, our already struggling court system is facing deeper cuts, our roads, bridges, and power grids are in dire need of repair and expansion, and our farmers are still working with a government-imposed drought as they try to meet the demands of our dinner tables.
Donnelly, who is serving his second term in Sacramento, further noted: “We cannot base the state’s recovery on a one-time, decreasing boost in tax revenue. I hoped to hear a credible plan to restore the business climate, not stop climate change – to halt, not streamline the crippling regulations sent down by the California Air Resource Board – and to begin rewarding, rather than taxing, hard work.”
STATE SENATOR BILL EMMERSON
State Senator Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands 23) issued the following statement:
“Today the Governor agreed with Republicans that we must live within our means. He also acknowledged the need for a strong rainy day reserve to end the boom and bust budgeting cycles that have plagued California taxpayers. Let’s hope that my Democrat colleagues hear his call for fiscal discipline.”
STATE OF THE STATE
Brown delivered his address before a packed house in the Assembly chamber and claimed California has done the impossible.
“We have wrought in just two years a solid and enduring budget,” Brown told those in attendance. “And, by God, we will persevere and keep it that way for years to come. Against those who take pleasure singing our demise.”
The governor explained in his 24-minute address: “Two years ago, they were writing our obituary. “Well, it didn’t happen. California is back, its budget is balanced and we are on the move.”