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Time to make a budget deal

Uploaded: Jun 11, 2019
With the constitutional deadline for approving the budget looming Saturday, Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democrat legislative leaders cut deals last weekend. The deadline contains a big stick—pay is docked for every day the budget is late so deals are made.

Notable was the continuing effort to throw out the welcome mat for illegal immigrants. California already is a sanctuary state and the budget deal will provide illegal aliens up to the age of 26 with medical coverage. Minors already are covered.

In their effort to continue California’s version of Obama Care, the deal establishes a fine of $695 for residents who cannot prove they have health insurance. Proceeds are supposed to go to a fund to subsidize insurance for middle income residents.
The budget deal also continues to treat the state’s climate change cap-and-trade money as the piggybank to raid. Former Gov. Brown convinced the Legislature to devote 25 percent of the revenue to his absurd high-speed rail project—that funding has propped up a horrible project that simply should go away.
This time around, Gov. Newsom and the Democrats (who hold a two-thirds majority in both houses) diverted $130 million of those funds to provide clean drinking water to the estimated million state residents who are served by wells or small water systems that cannot treat water to drinking water standards. Many are in small, rural communities in the San Joaquin Valley.
The governor originally had proposed a statewide monthly tax on all water users, a recommendation that was strongly opposed by water agencies as well as legislators. Opponents acknowledged the issue and the need to deal with it, but objected to another tax with the state gushing revenue and a strong surplus.
The healthy revenue, most coming from wealthy Californians (the top 1 percent pay about half of the state’s income tax), has allowed Newsom to continue to build the rainy day surplus fund that Brown pushed so hard to increase. The current economic expansion will become the longest ever this summer and both Brown and Newsom warned it cannot last forever. The $213 billion budget includes a $21 billion reserve.
It’s also notable that neither the governor nor legislators established expensive new ongoing programs with so much cash on hand. That restraint will be rewarded come the day the economy slows, initial public offerings (which will be a substantial windfall in 2020 given the number that have occurred or are planned this year) slow and revenues drop.

What is it worth to you?


Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Jun 11, 2019 at 10:27 am

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Almost speechless.

"Free" medical care for illegal aliens.

It's already "free" for illegal aliens, but now the citizens have to pay for it because of Governor sleeps-with-best-friends-wife wants to virtue signal in preparation for a presidential run in 2024 or 2028.

How does ANYONE fall for this guys schtick is beyond me.

Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Jun 11, 2019 at 10:28 am

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It's already "free" for illegal aliens, but now the citizens have to pay TWICE for it because of Governor sleeps-with-best-friends-wife wants to virtue signal in preparation for a presidential run in 2024 or 2028.

Fixed it...

Posted by RWR, a resident of Alamo,
on Jun 11, 2019 at 11:53 am

Thank you for correctly using the term, "Illegal Aliens". In order to confuse the debate, the liberal press has refused to use the correct word to describe this group of people. "Undocumented Alien" is someone who has legal documents, such as green card, to be here, but has misplaced the actual documents, and thus they are "undocumented" until they find the missing legal documents.

The word "legal" and "illegal" appear hundreds of times in every state's penal code sections dealing with crimes and punishment, and reference either complying with a law and being "legal", or breaking the law and being "illegal". This group of people are "illegal aliens", as have broken federal immigration law by not compiling with legal requirements to enter our country, and as such should be treated like every other group that breaks the law, with punishment, and not being rewarded with free health care and other sanctuary type benefits.

Posted by James Michael, a resident of Val Vista,
on Jun 11, 2019 at 7:58 pm

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Do you really believe that there is a budget surplus. I don't. That money is just being held for employee pensions.

Posted by K, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Jun 12, 2019 at 8:48 am

James Michael -

Kind of like all that money being held in the Social Security Trust Fund, which we all know has been spent?

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