SACRAMENTO, CA– This week, Governor Brown set forward his ideas for tackling California’s budget problems in his eighth State of the State address. While Assembly Republicans offer our hand of cooperation, there’s no doubt we have a different path to solve the state’s fiscal crisis.
There is zero voter appetite for tax hikes. Beyond that, it’s wrong to feed big government by increasing the tax burden on California families in a down economy.
Governor Brown has proposed more than $14 billion in tax increases over the next year and a half. Less than 2 years ago, voters opposed these same tax hikes on a 2 to 1 basis. Our economic picture has not improved since then. In fact, 2.3 million Californians are still jobless – that’s 400,000 more Californians who are out of work since the tax hikes were originally enacted. Therefore, it’s highly unlikely voters somehow will find the same tax hikes appealing now.
According to the Governor’s own Department of Finance, the proposed across-the-board tax increases will cost the average family more than $1,040 each year. Every time I go to churches and grocery stores, I talk to hardworking Californians struggling to make ends meet and they tell me that they can’t afford higher taxes during these tough economic times.
Lawmakers must downsize big government and prioritize the most critical services. Putting tax increases on the ballot that will ultimately fail only delays the inevitable difficult spending reductions that are necessary to tackle our structural deficit.
We must take action to prevent future chronic budget problems by reining in soaring public pension costs and autopilot spending. We must also end burdensome regulations that prevent businesses from hiring more Californians.
Together, we can restore the people’s faith in government and end this fiscal roller coaster.
Click here to watch my video response to the Governor’s State of the State speech.