Nielsen Reacts To LAO Analysis of Governor's May Revised Budget Proposal

Friday, May 18, 2012

SACRAMENTO (May 18, 2012) - Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chair Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) today issued the following statement after the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) released an analysis of the Governor's revised May budget proposal:

"Today's report by the nonpartisan LAO  underscores what Republicans have said all along - classroom funding, local public safety programs and the priorities of working families are threatened when the Governor and the liberal majority refuse to embrace permanent and realistic budget solutions such as a spending cap, a reserve and much needed pension reform," said Nielsen.

"We take seriously the Analyst's warning about the danger of relying on tax revenue that may never materialize in these uncertain times," said Nielsen. "Now more than ever, Democrats and Republicans must embrace honest, realistic budget choices if we are going to make any real progress in closing the deficit."

Nielsen said that revenues will grow this year as a result of Republicans fighting for tax relief last year, however, it doesn't help that the Governor continues to push a massive tax hike while increasing spending. He said that Republicans have put forward a roadmap that will enable our state to prevent the Governor's painful education trigger cuts and tax increase.

"We can make education the priority it should be, but it requires the Governor and Democrats to summon the political will to do so.  Parents and taxpayers deserve better," said Nielsen.