Senator Stone responds to California's record budget bill

Thursday, June 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO - Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) today issued the following statement regarding the Democrat majority-vote budget bill:

“While there are some things to like in this budget, including adding to the state’s “Rainy Day Reserve” and restoring the middle class scholarships the Governor had proposed cutting, overall the people of California deserve better.”

“As many California families continue to struggle to afford to buy a home, and pay the highest taxes in the nation, this year’s record $125 Billion in General Fund spending is a 45 percent increase over just six years ago. Are California families 45 percent better off than they were in 2011? I don’t think so.”

“Once again, this year’s budget includes hefty pay raises for state workers. Meanwhile Legislative Democrats have passed an onerous gas and car tax that will hurt the poor and working families.”

“This new tax, signed by the same Governor who vowed not to increase taxes without a vote of the people, is supposed to fix California’s crumbling roads. Yet, before the red ink on the bill had dried, Sacramento Democrats were already plotting to siphon funds away from infrastructure repairs, just as they have done with previous new taxes to fix our roads and bridges.”