Sandre Swanson on the GOP budget proposal

Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, D-Alameda, issued a statement tonight, some hours after the Assembly rejected a Republican budget proposal on a 27-45 party line vote.

“This budget touts the fact that it doesn’t add revenues and doesn’t raise taxes. But the reality is that it pushes that burden off to local government. It pushes it off to families that have to pay higher tuition. It pushes it off to counties and others to pick up the responsibilities. It is simply a running away from our responsibilities as a legislature to lead, and I cannot support such an irresponsible proposal.

“Let’s not be disingenuous and say that we’re not going to put adequate money for in-home care. We know that those who need care are not going to go without that care. We know that the counties and the local governments are going to have to make up the difference. That’s called a tax increase, and we need to deal with it here in Sacramento in an honest and transparent fashion.

“Our high threshold for passing the budget puts the legislature in the hands of a very small minority of legislators. It is why this structural deficit problem has been continually passed on year in and year out, with proposals like the one before us today. We need to join 47 other states in having a simple majority, so that we can craft a budget that reflects our values and addresses our priorities while making education our top priority.”

Swanson chairs the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, and is a member of the Budget Committee.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.