Local Politicos Respond to Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal

Posted 1/13/13 – Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s proposed budget plan for the State of California: “New funding to our classrooms is a positive step forward for California.  However, the Governor’s budget only seems to include $2.7 billion in new funding for K-12 schools and community colleges even though Proposition 30 taxes will generate $6 billion this year alone – Californians should be disappointed.

I remain concerned that while state spending is being increased by $5 billion over last year, much of this money is used to expand state programs and provides major pay and benefit increases for state employees.

Basically, this budget is balanced by a $50 billion tax increase, and Californians have yet to see any real, long-term plan to bring back jobs and help our struggling families.”

Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Leader and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter @bobhuff99.

Assembly Majority Whip Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) released the following statement on the Governor’s 2013-14 State Budget Proposal: “The Governor’s proposal marks a turning point for California’s budget.  For the first time in several years, California is not facing drastic cuts to important services.

I am especially pleased that the Governor’s proposal offers more money for public education, colleges and health care.  These are areas that were severely affected by sharp reductions in funding over the past few years and will welcome the additional money.

I am also excited about the Governor’s plan to convene a working group that focuses on the state’s transportation and infrastructure needs and explores long-term funding options for transportation projects.

The Assembly will convene committee hearings addressing the proposed budget over the coming months, and will work with the Governor to craft a final budget.

Today’s news is definitely reason for optimism.  California is back on the road to financial stability and that will help restore California’s economic promise.”