Sacramento, CA — While backing Democratic Governor Jerry Brown’s Revised May budget that calls for more rainy day funding to prepare for the next economic downturn, Mother Lode Republicans say the fiscal focus must remain on the drought, water, fires and roads.
Assemblyman Frank Bigelow called for reining in spending and paying down debt, adding, “The Legislature must focus on critical priorities that benefit all Californians like education, new water storage and lifting Californians out of poverty. It is also imperative the administration and the legislature work together to properly manage our forests to decrease the threat of wildfire.”
Other republicans continue to chastise Brown for his continued push for funding of the $64 billion bullet train linking Northern and Southern California.
State Senator Tom Berryhill acknowledges, “He was spot on in recognizing there is a finite pot of money and that a healthy reserve will help us weather the next recession. We will see if he rejects the massive spending projects the legislature is sure to send him over the coming months.” Berryhill adds that he is disappointed that roads and bridges were not made a priority in the budget once again.
More details regarding the Brown’s revised budget can be found in an earlier story by clicking here.