Marie Waldron, State Assemblymember — You may have heard the legislature passed the state budget for fiscal year 2022-23 in order to meet the legally required deadline on June 15th. But our work in the legislature is far from over.
Legislative leaders and the Governor continue to negotiate over spending billions of dollars, including their plans to give taxpayers a rebate, leaving Californians without any immediate relief amid record-high inflation and insane gas prices.
What was passed is more of a skeletal framework than an actual budget, a shell that gets us through the deadline with some top-level amounts appropriated. The actual work of plugging in fiscal details, deciding which programs will be funded and which ones won’t, and how much should be authorized for any of them takes place after the deadline mostly through what are called “budget trailer bills.”
These trailer bills provide much of the meat and muscle that go on the skeleton. It’s here where lawmakers work to secure funding for programs and organizations in their districts. For example, I managed to secure almost $3 million in funding for local fire departments to refurbish their facilities and purchase new fire vehicles through the budget trailer process during the 2021-22 fiscal year.
As your representative, I’m always working to ensure Californians get real tax relief and our district gets the funds needed to meet our most urgent priorities, like preventing and responding to wildfires. I’m also diligently watching to make sure legislators can’t use the budget process to pass measures we otherwise wouldn’t.
Assemblymember, 75th District
Assemblymember Marie Waldron, R-Valley Center, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center and Vista
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