SACRAMENTO – Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, issued the following statement after today’s passage of the final 2015-16 state budget:
“The overall budget has its strengths, such as paying down debt. But this $267 billion spending plan – the largest in state history – also includes concerning things like welfare cash cards for felons, funding for high-speed rail, and free cell phones with unlimited data and texting plans to name a few. My responsibility is to protect taxpayers. Expenditures like these are neither prudent nor sustainable.
“I am also disappointed that Californians had barely over a day to review the final budget and its related bills before the Legislature voted on them. As in the past, this session I have introduced legislation, Senate Constitutional Amendment 3, to require that these measures be in print for at least 72 hours. I will continue to work until we have more accountability in this process. It is the taxpayers’ money and the majority party needs to remember that.”