Senator Stone's response to Gov. Brown's May Budget Revision

Thursday, May 11, 2017

(Sacramento, CA) – In response to today’s May Budget revision by Governor Brown, Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) issued this statement:

“Despite having record revenues, California is sadly facing a deficit because of the inability of the Governor and the Legislative Democrats to control spending.

As the Governor said, we’ve spent billions of dollars on anti-poverty programs, but still one in four children go to bed hungry every night.  At some point, you have to ask, what are the Democrats spending money on?  Why hasn’t the billions already spent reduced the growth of poverty in California?

Well, the answer is pretty simple – they’re misspending taxpayer dollars on things like a billion dollar boondoggle known as high speed rail.  They’re spending tax dollars on pay raises for public employees – and many of those employees work for a department where they have nothing to do.

Now that the May Revise has been proposed, I look forward to working with my colleagues to craft what I hope to be a fiscally responsible and sensible budget that protects taxpayers, puts more money in the rainy day fund and provides needed services to the people of California”