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.