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Local Elected Officials React To State Of The State Address

Sacramento, Ca — Locally elected members of the California Senate and Assembly had mixed reviews when it came to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger´s State of the State Address Tuesday.

“Every State of the State message is the same,” says 1st District State Senator (R) Dave Cox. “It isn´t our ability to identify what the problem is. It frankly is our ability to bridge party lines and get our colleagues to recognize that we in fact have a spending problem. Until we begin to recognize that and take some steps, the State of California will continue to have problems.”

One issue that was at the forefront of Schwarzenegger´s address is dealing with the State´s $14 billion budget deficit. 25th District Assemblyman (R) Tom Berryhill says when a state budget revision is released in May, he feels the deficit will actually be closer to $18-20 billion. Once you figure in the proposed healthcare plan, and the possibility of not receiving some federal money that the state is banking on, Berryhill says the deficit could be $30 billion.

Berryhill says he supports the Governor´s call for a 10 percent cut across the board for government agencies, but says he plans on working with the Rural Caucus to make sure that his district will still receive funding in areas he feels are the most vital.

“We´re going to go and try to find some cost savings so we can protect our rural public safety monies, and we are going to fight to keep all of our Williamson Act monies because those things are always a problem with these types of budgets. Hopefully we won´t take too big of a hit at the end of the day.”

14th District State Senator Dave Cogdill (R) also expressed mixed reviews about Schwarzenegger´s State of the State address.

“I think the Governor did a good job of pointing out the history of how we got into this situation and once again emphasized the fact that we have a spending problem and not a revenue problem,” says Cogdill. “We have to budget in such a way that when we have a strong economy and revenues are up that we are putting back enough of that revenue to make sure that we are getting through the lean times without having to face drastic cuts or tax increases.”

Written by BJ Hansen