Baker opposes Legislature's budget plan

Urges governor to reject 'reckless spending plan

Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) voted no on the record-high budget that Assembly and Senate Democrats passed Monday.

She urged Governor Jerry Brown to reject the plan's imprudent spending recommendations.

"The budget that was passed (Monday) is based upon improbably high, risky estimates, not on responsible financial planning," Baker said. "It also promotes reckless new spending for ongoing programs we cannot sustain in a downturn."

"These unsound economic practices threaten our state's financial stability and our preparedness for the next recession," Baker added. "I urge Governor Brown to practice fiscal restraint during this year's budget negotiations

and reject this budget."

She said that by using unrealistic estimates of $3.2 billion in new state revenue, the newly-passed budget obligates the state to an additional $2.2 billion in new spending, much of which will fund ongoing programs, not one-time spending.

"Rather than focusing spending on priority needs like water infrastructure or school facilities, this budget includes more funding for, and less oversight and accountability on, the high-speed rail project, and redirects highway funding from critical infrastructure projects," Baker said.

"I am glad to see the inclusion of strong education funding and an increase in Medi-Cal reimbursements to help address the provider shortage California is facing," she added. "I believe strongly, however, that school funding, water infrastructure and critical transportation needs should be our primary focus. We should make smart long-term investments in these projects and not go on a spending spree that will burden our state and our children."

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15 people like this
Posted by Registered Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2015 at 10:26 pm

It's about time that a legislator went on record opposing the tax-and-spend mentality from Sacramento. Thanks Catharine.

9 people like this
Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 16, 2015 at 9:26 am

Thanks Catharine for sounding the alarm for fiscal restraint and trying to get this worthless legislature to think about financial 'priorities' for the long-term good of our state.

1 person likes this
Posted by Citizen
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 16, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Typical expected No to everything by right winger. Just when we need a sound budget and shortfalls for California, we get an out of step politician. Sad.

8 people like this
Posted by Bob
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 16, 2015 at 4:56 pm


Did you actually read the article and numbers within?

14 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 16, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Catherine Baker came through with the great courage we knew she had when we elected her to the assembly. Her willingness to confront uncertainty, danger, agony, and pain.

The four virtues:

Prudence - Catherine displayed her wisdom.
Justice - Catherine considered fairness.
Temperance - Catherine displayed restraint.
Courage - Catherine had fortitude, strength and endurance.

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Posted by nice to see
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jun 18, 2015 at 11:27 am

I appreciate Catherine not being afraid to step out and be proactive. She did not just say no, she expained why not and made suggestions about where money should be redirected and how it should be applied. Well done.

Hopefully, Steve Glazer, who i also voted for, will learn from Catherine and not be afraid to take a stand. Was disappointed in one of his first decisions, which was a "non" vote vs. taking a position.

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