Senator Stone Statement on Governor's Budget

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

(Sacramento, CA) – In response to the Governor’s announcement of the 2017-2018 Budget, Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) this morning released the following statement:

“A return to deficit spending is not an acceptable solution to the state’s budget problems, and I applaud the Governor for recognizing that we cannot afford to keep spending at current levels if we are to protect public safety and keep providing vital lifesaving services for people truly in need.”

“The change in Washington, D.C. will have a real and material impact on our revenues, and the state needs to be realistic in its budgeting.  We face a multi-billion dollar gap in federal funding, and the state needs to be responsible enough to plan for a substantial loss of federal dollars.”

“I am confident the Governor and my fellow legislators can act in a bipartisan and professional manner to preserve federal funding for vital and essential programs, but the Governor was wise in his admonition that the state cannot continue to spend as freely as it has over the past eight years.  We can no longer assume we have access to the federal credit card to pay for things we can’t afford.”

“The answer to our structural budget deficit is to grow the economy by creating more good paying jobs, and my hope is that Democrats and Republicans can come together to work with the White House and the Congress to make sure California can be a place where businesses feel comfortable locating and expanding.”

“Over the coming months, as the Legislature has an opportunity to go through the Governor’s proposed budget, I will work with my colleagues to adopt a final spending plan that reigns in spending, protects public safety, makes veterans a priority, assists our senior citizens, helps pay for needed infrastructure improvements, increases funding within existing revenues for the developmentally disabled community, and avoids any attempt to raise taxes.”