Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, issued the following statement in reaction to the release of Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget, which includes an astounding $16 billion deficit:
“I am disappointed that the governor has chosen to ignore common-sense budget solutions by calling upon hardworking taxpayers to bailout Sacramento for its years of irresponsible spending. Higher taxes will do nothing to stop the recurring roller coaster ride of fiscal irresponsibility.
I firmly disagree with the governor’s proposal to increase the sales and income tax. California’s taxpayers and small business owners simply cannot afford more taxes and deserve better.
Last year’s accounting gimmicks and dreamt up promised money are catching up with the Governor and legislative majority and rather than cutting back bloated government, the reckless spending continues and once again they revert to their scare tactics of education and public safety cuts. It’s time our state and legislative leaders put essential services first and make the difficult, but necessary decisions we need to bring spending in line with revenues and live within our means.
I look forward to working with my colleagues and the governor to find real structural budget reform that protects our vital services like public safety and education and does not include additional taxes.”
Assemblywoman Beth Gaines represents the 4th Assembly District, which includes portions of Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento and Alpine counties.