Senator Mike Morrell Responds to 2015-16 State Budget

Monday, June 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, issued the following statement regarding the 2015-16 State Budget:

“Today’s budget vote represents an irresponsible decision by legislative Democrats to invest questionable funding growth in new ongoing expenses. As the Governor and the Department of Finance have warned, moving in this unsustainable direction will only make budget situations down the road more difficult when the economy inevitably takes another hit. Any surplus tax dollars should be put away in the rainy day fund, used to pay down the state’s $200 billion in outstanding debt and liabilities, or invested in one-time and much needed infrastructure projects.

“On process, today’s vote also continues a troubling trend of passing only part of the budget by the legislature’s constitutional deadline. While the majority party has decided to spend a record $269 billion in taxpayer money in the main budget bill, the public remains in the dark as to exactly how it will be spent by follow-up legislation to come in the weeks ahead.”