SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Frank Bigelow voted April 30 against 36 empty budget bills as the state Assembly gave Californians little to no transparency in the beginning of the state’s 2013 budgeting process.
Bigelow joined 23 of his colleagues by voting in opposition to the empty budget “spot” bills, which act as a placeholder or a “spot” holder for official budget language as soon as it decided upon. This maneuver, which passed without a single Republican vote, will give Californians virtually no time to review any final budget measure written by the legislature despite many members urging a process where colleagues can work together.
“As a small business owner, I’m confident that if I approached the budgeting process for my businesses in the fashion we are approaching our state’s budget, my businesses would face serious financial struggles,” Assemblyman Bigelow said. “Despite today’s vote, it is still my hope that my colleagues will work together with Republicans to craft a budget document that puts Californians on secure financial footing for many years to come.”
In addition to setting budget priorities as a small businessman, Bigelow also worked tirelessly at the local level to help implement real-world budget solutions and budgeting priorities for rural Californians as a member of the Board of Supervisors.
“During the budget process at the local government level, my colleagues and I, who often shared differing opinions, came together for the betterment of the people we served,” Bigelow said. “I hope that in the weeks to come my fellow Assemblymembers and I can work toward having that same open, transparent and functional budgeting process here in our state Capitol.”
Assemblyman Bigelow is a proud co-author of ACA 4 authored by Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, which would require all policy and other bills to be in print and available online for at least three days before any legislative action could be taken. Bigelow is a strong advocate for Californians being able to preview and communicate with their elected official about the priorities laid out in the State Budget. California’s State Budget must be passed by June 15.
Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, represents the 5th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes all or parts of Placer County, El Dorado County, Alpine County, Amador County, Calaveras County, Tuolumne County, Mariposa County, Madera County and Mono counties.