Berryhill: Build More Prisons
Sonora, CA - Republican Senator Tom Berryhill criticized the state's AB 109 prisoner realignment program.
On this past weekend's Mother Lode View, Berryhill slammed the program, which has resulted in many felons being monitored by local probation departments, rather than going to prison. Governor Jerry Brown pushed for the new plan after a three Judge panel mandated that California reduce its prison population by over 30,000 inmates. Berryhill said he would have preferred the state to "build more prisons and hire more guards." Berryhill added, "If they get caught (criminals), they immediately get released, and they know that there are no consequences."
On the issue of water, Berryhill stated that lawmakers are planning to delay a vote on the $11 billion bond issue until 2014. It is currently slated to go on the November ballot, but early polling shows that it has little chance of passing in the current economic climate. Berryhill remains in support of the legislation, which was authored in 2009 by then Mother Lode Senator Dave Cogdill.
Berryhill predicted that when Governor Jerry Brown releases his May revised budget, it will show that California is facing a $14 billion shortfall. In addition, Berryhill criticized the Governor's proposed ballot measure calling for an increased sales tax, and bump up on income taxes for those making over $250,000. He predicted that it will go down in defeat this November.
Berryhill's District 14 includes Tuolumne County and spreads into the Central Valley. The entire 30 minute Mother Lode Views show is now available in the multimedia section of myMotherLode.com.
Written by BJ Hansen