Statement on 2016-17 State Budget Vote

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) today issued the following statement in response to the passage of the 2016-17 state budget:

“With all the recent talk about the need to fund our roads and highways, it is disappointing that this budget instead prioritizes spending $1.7 billion on high-speed rail, allocating $1.3 billion for state office buildings in Sacramento, and increasing the vehicle registration fee on Californians by $331 million to pay for more bureaucracy.

“Bottom line, the Governor and legislative Democrats have crafted the largest state budget in the 166-years of our state, one that spends more while fixing less, imposing $140 million in fees on Californians, like you and me, to pay for unlimited texting and data plans and spending millions more on welfare cash cards for drug felons.

“The Mercatus Center at George Mason University has ranked California the 44th state for fiscal strength, largely because of its debt. By growing government at a record pace, this budget risks the financial future of California at the expense of taxpayers and continues to leave a wall of debt to younger generations.”