Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chair Obernolte Responds to Passage of 2018-19 State Budget

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chairman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) issued the following statement in response to the Legislature’s approval of the 2018-19 state budget:

“There are certainly some very positive aspects of this budget. I’m pleased that we continue to build state reserves by fully funding our rainy day fund. This will ensure that we protect critical programs and jobs from being lost in a future recession. We also rejected the administration’s proposed water tax and instead plan to use existing sources of revenue to help provide clean drinking water. This is a win for taxpayers throughout our state. Furthermore, we increased funding to our public universities so that students and families won’t be burdened with tuition hikes in our already high-tax state.

“Unfortunately, this is the largest budget in California state history by a substantial margin.  This budget totals over $138 billion in General Fund spending, which is an $11.6 billion increase over last year.  That means state spending has grown at a rate of over 9%, which is three times the rate of inflation. Clearly this level of spending increase is not sustainable. 

“While this budget may serve California well in the short term, I fear we are not doing enough with our $9 billion budget surplus to prepare for a future economic downturn.  Continuing to grow the size of government as we have done for the last several years is not the answer.”

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly District, which includes the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and Victorville.

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