As state senators prepare to go into a budget session this afternoon — one that that will turn into a slumber party unless at least one Republican votes for the budget — Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, sent out a gloomy e-mail alert.
From the sounds of it, he will need a sleeping bag, a toothbrush and, dare we suggest, earplugs.
Here is DeSaulnier’s alert:
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
Since the afternoon of Valentine’s Day and through the President’s Weekend holiday, my Senate colleagues and I have been on the Senate floor debating the best way to move our state forward. Over the last 5 months we have seen what can, without dramatics, be called the implosion of our national financial markets, the collapse of the American Dream of homeownership and the strife of precipitous middle and working-class job losses.
As the leading state in the nation, California must turn itself around and begin to work toward financial solvency. The road to economic recovery begins TODAY with this budget vote. As we speak, 276 more crucial infrastructure investments are being shut down. TODAY, The Governor has called for layoffs of 10,000 Californians.
California has been plagued by decreasing tax revenues in this down economy, an unwise cut to the vehicle license fee, and spending on long-term expenditures that state coffers could not withstand. We have come to a place of dire circumstances and the need for tough solutions. We all know there are things we don’t like in this budget – but it is truly a bipartisan “shared sacrifice solution.”
This month, the Controller is delaying $2 billion in tax refund checks to individuals and companies. That’s money that doesn’t get back to Californians and get re-circulated into the economy – the opposite of “economic stimulus.” We can turn that around TODAY.
It comes down to this – a single Republican vote in the State Senate can prevent California from sliding into a fiscal and economic meltdown. The easy vote is a “no” vote. It takes political courage and independence to move the state forward. Now, more than ever, we need our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to recognize what so many Californians already see – no budget means no economic recovery.