SACRAMENTO (May 14, 2012) - Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chair Jim Nielsen, (R-Gerber) today issued the following statement in response to the release of Governor Brown's revised budget plan.
"Had the cuts in the May Revise budget been implemented last January when the governor first proposed them, we would be faced with a lower budget deficit today," said Nielsen. "There were some very useful long-term reforms proposed January. This budget relies on cuts and taxes with actually a retreat from long-term reforms the governor proposed January, such as pension reforms, a reduction in out-of-control agencies; there is no discussion of a spending cap or a desperately needed reserve."
"At a time when thousands of unrehabilitated felons are victimizing us due to AB 109, public safety realignment, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) gains a 10 percent spending increase under this plan," said Nielsen. "We are being asked to support seven years of additional taxes to fund a broken budget that maintains business as usual in government without the reforms required to get the budget under control for the long term, while putting our families at greater risk to criminals."
Nielsen added that the governor is using classroom and public safety funding as leverage for his tax initiative. Under his plan, trigger spending cuts are weighted heavily towards education, accounting for 99 percent, putting politics over state priorities. He said that Republicans have shown classroom funding can and should be protected without a massive tax increase.