Senate Budget Vice-Chair Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement on the State of State address:
"Democrat leaders need to be cautious and exercise restraint.
"Budget experts from the Governor's office and the Legislative Analyst's Office cannot seem to agree on how much tax revenue is coming in. This is troubling.
"Until this discrepancy is ironed out, Sacramento Democrats should not make plans to spend more money.
"Recent major infrastructure and tech projects never seem be on schedule or within budget. Cost overruns on bridges, tunnels and high speed rail are only a few examples. All of the state's efforts to create tech projects take years longer than promised, cost many times more than promised, and don't work as promised. These big ticket items need to be handled differently and with a new level of accountability before the state spends more.
"Californians are not well-served when the Governor and Democrat leaders poke at the newly-elected President and invite a big fight with Washington, DC."