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Sen. Gaines responds to State of State address

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From page A3 | January 24, 2014 | 5 Comments

SACRAMENTO — Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today reacted to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2014 State of the State address, which he delivered to a joint session of the Legislature and the people of California on Wednesday morning. He said:

“Everyone is worried about the drought, but I’m more worried about the jobs drought. We’ll see rain again, but when will we see the end of this man-made jobs wasteland? California has to put job creation at the front of the agenda.

“We need to deliver a budget that makes it clear that politicians have learned the lean-year lessons about reckless spending promises. Now is the time to pass a responsible budget that shows the people that government will not stand in the way of a further recovery.

“A tidal wave of Obamacare cancellations will wash over the state this year as millions of people on small group plans lose their coverage. This will be a catastrophe for families everywhere and I hope the Governor is planning to take steps to help them. Covered California is busy making infomercials with Richard Simmons, so it will apparently fall to the Governor and the Legislature to manage the fallout of this ever-worsening policy disaster.

“We should have a separate State of the State just to talk about water. Our reservoirs are puddles and the Sierra snowcaps in my district are nowhere to be seen. This is a crisis. We need a massive investment in new water storage and we need it now, not delayed by decades of environmental lawsuits or Delta Smelt deliberations. This is a growing state and our infrastructure needs to grow along with our people.

“California has punched its way off the ropes and is on firmer footing than it has been in years. Unemployment is still far too high. Regulations are still too complex. Taxes are too far out of line with our competitor states. But I am optimistic that if we live up to the Governor’s call for prudence, show common sense and practical restraint on government growth, our state will start to recapture some of the magic that has long set us apart.”

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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  • kggJanuary 22, 2014 - 7:41 pm

    this is funny. ted gaines writes a column and speaks of himself as if someone else were writing.

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  • cookie65January 24, 2014 - 5:34 am

    The problem we have is people like gaines wouldn't get rid of one single government agency given the chance to do so. Just part of the smoke and mirrors doing more to contribute to the eventual collapse of this nation than to preserve it. The enemy within.

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 24, 2014 - 10:41 am

    Why is it that Democrats have to do THE REAL WORK to bring down the DEFICITS created by Republicans? .............. BROWN's 1st term -- after Gov. REAGAN ...... Brown used fiscal restraint resulted in one of the biggest budget SURPLUS in state history, roughly $5 Billion ........ (Republicans say Reagan was fiscally restrained... Ha, Ha.). ................ CLINTON -- Took over after Daddy Bush and reduced the deficit spending which built up under NIXON, FORD, REAGAN (Again), and G.H. BUSH and grew to $300 Billion..... It took a Democrat - CLINTON to finally knock that DOWN UNCHECKED Deficit with $452 billion. ......... The First President since 1971 to do that..... AND by 2001 (2-years) with Baby Bush... the Deficit is BACK! ...... Here at the state level ONCE again Brown came in and cleaned up the $15.7 Billion DEFICIT ..... Without the help of the 14 "Always say NO" REPUBLICAN SENATORS.... which include .... Senator (and when he was an Assemblyman) GAINES .... Obstruction does not create RESULTS.... But the Republicans can't seem to figure that out.

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  • PvillejackJanuary 26, 2014 - 7:57 pm

    Well said Dink!

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  • 2 StoogesJanuary 24, 2014 - 7:44 pm

    Our district lost when it gained Gaines.

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