(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) released the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s release of the May Revision to his proposed 2018-19 state budget:
“Governor Brown should be commended for showing fiscal restraint and placing most of the projected budget surplus into the rainy day fund and reserves. He is correct to point out that we must plan for uncertain times.
“We had record revenues come in largely as a result of increased income taxes and record-high Capital Gains Taxes, and it is imperative that we do not use this unexpected boost in taxpayer dollars to fund new, expansive programs.
“Instead, we should invest the surplus into programs that currently exist but have been cut in past budgets.
“We should ensure that local law enforcement has the ability to clear the growing backlog of untested rape kits, so that victims of serious crimes can seek justice. We should ensure that the Attorney General does his job, by giving him the resources to go after dangerous individuals who illegally possess firearms. And the public rightfully expects us to follow the will of the voters when they passed Proposition 1 and immediately begin building new water storage projects.
“California is fortunate this year that we have additional revenues, but we all know that won’t last forever. We owe it to future legislatures and future Governors to not spend us into oblivion by adding more social programs the people simply can’t afford.
“Finally, the May Revise proves the recent tax increases that burden and stress our hard working middle class taxpayers were never really needed. That’s why I opposed the increases to our gas and income taxes, and I will continue to fight for the middle class that makes California such a great state.”