Bass Responds to Governor’s Budget Proposal


Posted on 09 January 2010

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By Assemblywoman Karen Bass

Democrats are supportive of the governor’s call for a better return on the dollars we send Washington, but budget threats the Governor usually aims at the Legislature should not be turned to the President of the United States.

Leaders should approach the federal government from a point of collaboration and all options should be on the table to address the budget deficit.

The governor said that if California doesn’t receive $8 billion dollars from the federal government, he will push for draconian budget cuts to our safety net. He also called on our congressional delegation to vote against the health care reform we so desperately need in our country. It’s important we begin the challenging year ahead with cooperation, not a combative, contradictory tone.

The administration’s proposed cuts would effectively dismantle the safety net needed by millions of Californians, particularly during the ongoing recession. The administration also slipped conservative policy proposals – that have no bearing on the budget – into the budget proposal in an effort to burnish the governor’s legacy. Once again he’s looking to erode environmental, legal, education and pension protections.

These have little to do with closing our budget deficit and more to do with a conservative legacy he wishes to leave behind. The governor says he wants to be in denial about this being his last year in office. This budget amounts to a big pile of denial. The Legislature will take a much more serious approach to closing the state’s budget deficit.
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Karen Bass is Speaker of the California Assembly. Click here to view her website.

Once again he’s looking to erode environmental, legal, education and pension protections.
All of these things cost MONEY. I realize you've probably never had a REAL job in your life, but it takes MONEY to provide these things and MONEY is a commodity we seem to have a shortage of right now.

The economy is in the crapper - raising taxes is not a good option unless we desire to further collapse the California economy, driving industrious people and people with capital to states that are more business and taxpayer friendly.

This budget amounts to a big pile of denial.
Welcome to the party. The California state budget has been a pile of denial for at least a decade - that's how a state whose constitution does not allow deficit financing is facing interest costs of almost $10 billion.

The Legislature will take a much more serious approach to closing the state’s budget deficit. Well, that would be a pleasant change, but I'll believe it when I see it.