By Josh Richman
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at 4:17 pm in state budget.
My e-mail inbox is melting!
From Senate Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murrieta:
“Democrats presented a budget plan that did not solve the $24 billion problem. It’s piecemeal at best and does not sufficiently reduce spending. Furthermore, it relies on more than $13 billion in tax increases and gimmicks that do not fix the structural budget deficit. Voters clearly told us they want a responsible and credible balanced budget. This proposal would create an even bigger problem down the road and the Legislature will have failed the people of California yet again.”
From California Democratic Party chairman John Burton:
“Today, not a single Republican was willing to vote for a budget package that includes both cuts and new revenue. Instead, Republicans again showed their willingness to drive the state of California off a cliff to protect Big Oil and Big Tobacco. They should be embarrassed of themselves.”
From Aaron McLear, spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger:
“Legislators have known for over a week that their package was a non-starter because it increased taxes and did not cut deep enough. Their insistence on running a floor drill has cost the state valuable time and pushed us closer to insolvency. While we are happy they have agreed with the Governor and abandoned their tax proposal, the Legislature now must make the necessary cuts or allow the state to go off a cliff.”
From Alicia Trost, spokeswoman for state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg:
“We have a comprehensive budget revision that solves our cash problem without throwing millions of Californians into economic turmoil. We understand that the Governor is comfortable eliminating health insurance for 950,000 poor children but not signing a voluntary tax on a pack of cigarettes. We’re clearly not. The Senate will vote on the cigarette tax and the rest of our budget revision in the coming days.”
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