SACRAMENTO – Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, today issued the following statement regarding the passage of the 2014-15 State Budget:
“Once again, the voices of millions of Californians were basically shut out of the budget process. The majority party pushed through almost $12 billion in new spending to expand the scope and size of government with little input from Republicans. To make matters worse, much of the budget was only finalized hours before a full vote of the Senate. With the word ‘ethics’ being tossed around so much lately, you’d think we’d have a budget free of backroom deals.
“The Governor has called for fiscal restraint, yet we have a budget that spends more than we ever have before, while legislative Democrats prioritized new programs and services over additional debt repayment. They’ve also doubled down on the doomed $80-billion high-speed rail project and, in a last-ditch effort, are attempting to use money from Cap and Trade to fund it. And despite promises to voters, about 60 percent of one-time Proposition 30 dollars are being used for purposes other than education.
“We’ve seen this all before. With increased revenue comes a temptation to keep spending. Yet when we do, the state is supposedly caught off guard when the economy declines and we no longer have the money to pay our bills. Some parts of this budget are supportable. However, bad habits of the past combined with last-minute giveaways made it impossible for me to vote for it.”