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|January 24, 2017|
Lawmakers react to proposed budget
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Reaction to Governor Brown's proposed budget from Inland Empire lawmakers runs the gamut.
Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) praised the governor for "his admonition that the state cannot continue to spend as freely as it has over the past eight years. We can no longer assume we have access to the federal credit card to pay for things we can't afford."
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) urged the governor to hold the line on any tax or fee increases.
Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) was pleased to see the Governor continue to make local courts a priority by proposing a reallocation of four trial court judges to regions where they are most needed.
Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) said it was "unacceptable that Governor Brown does not prioritize investing in our roads and paying down our wall of debt. Our state is faced with a $60 billion shortfall in road repairs, yet the Governor would rather hold road funding hostage so he can increase taxes."
Story Date: January 20, 2017