SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 State of the State address:
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“Gov. Brown today outlined his priorities for expanding California’s recovery. While I agree with the Governor that fiscal responsibility must continue to be the order of the day, I hope that all members of the Legislature get the message. This unexpected surplus is not a green light for lawmakers to overspend. Now is the time to pay down debt and put money away in a rainy day fund.
“Restoring the economy of rural California must also be an important focus. As the state’s economy improves as a whole, there are still many hard-working people in the foothills that are struggling. Their plight has only been made worse by our current drought conditions, which has hurt families, farmers and small business owners alike. I am hopeful that the Legislature can come together this year around realistic solutions to end our water crisis and pro-jobs reforms to bring jobs back to my district and all of rural California.”
Lifelong rancher Frank Bigelow represents the 5th Assembly District, which encompasses Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Placer and Tuolumne counties and includes Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.