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|October 23, 2017|
Budget approval brings sharp divisions
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - The Inland Empire's state lawmakers differed sharply on the record state budget approved Thursday. It came by the June 15th constitutional deadline.
Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) said that while there are some things to like in the budget, Californians deserve better. "As many California families continue to struggle to afford to buy a home, and pay the highest taxes in the nation, this year's record $125 Billion in General Fund spending is a 45 percent increase over just six years ago. Are California families 45 percent better off than they were in 2011? I don't think so," Stone said.
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates said the budget leaves "a trail of broken promises and bait-and-switch maneuvers exploiting the initiative process. Californians deserve honesty," she said.
Rancho Cucamonga Republican Senator Mike Morrell got right to the point. "The Democrats' record-spending budget reflects their brazen willingness to exercise unrestrained power over the people of California," he complained.
Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) said “The Democrats are continuing their great con job on the people of California with this budget."
Democrats looked at the budget differently.
Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) was thankful that the budget contained $50 million for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program that, she said, will benefit hundreds of thousands of primarily low income students across the state.
Assemblyman Chris Holden argued the budget "is not only responsible, balanced, and on-time, but also protects and expands California’s progressive gains to meet the challenges we face."
Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes of San Bernardino said she was standing up for "California’s values of inclusion, responsibility and justice. This budget upholds our commitment to a better California by investing in our senior citizens, middle class families, and students," Reyes said.
Story Date: June 20, 2017