By Jim Nielsen
ASSEMBLYMEMBER, SECOND DISTRICT
California State Legislature
May 29, 2009
(Sacramento) – Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), after the conclusion of the Assembly Appropriations Committee Suspense Hearing, made the following comments regarding California’s budget crisis:
“I am pleased that yesterday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee, of which I am the Vice-Chair, was able to scale back the number of new spending proposals. With a projected $24 billion budget deficit and massive cuts to programs on the horizon, now is not the time for new spending ideas. State Government needs tighten its belt, just like every hard-working family in California is doing right now.
Yesterday was a good first step. The Assembly Appropriations Committee showed a great amount of restraint, and only passed out $6 million in new legislation. My Republican colleagues and I opposed much of that $6 million in new spending. Nevertheless, this represents a dramatic reduction in the amount of spending usually authorized by this committee, often reaching more than half a billion dollars. Clearly, the message from California voters has been received by this committee.
However, this is only the first step towards restoring the fiscal integrity of this state. There are too many special interests looking to spend the taxpayers’ dollars. To those influences out there that have wonderful ideas for spending the taxpayers’ money the message is: ‘Back off! We've have to get this budget under control.’
The spending proposals are a good example of why California must have a real, enduring spending cap, zero-based budgeting, and a 2-year budget process.
Assemblyman Nielsen represents the Second Assembly District, which includes:
Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama and Yolo counties.
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