The Orange County Register published an op-ed authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), on why the state can fund critical priorities without raising taxes.
Excerpts of the piece can be found below. To read the op-ed in its entirety, click HERE.
“I give the governor credit for having a dose of fiscal responsibility in his budget. I am encouraged that he has heeded Republican priorities to protect education opportunities for students, pay down debt and build the state’s Rainy Day Fund.”
“Despite some positive elements, the governor’s budget should not be seen as conservative. The budget is lacking in several areas, which I believe are designed to soften opposition to future tax increases at a time of expanding government and rising state revenue.”
“The budget’s General Fund would spend $122.6 billion, 6.2 percent more than the $115.4 billion approved for this year. State tax revenue continues to grow – from $116.9 billion this year to $124.4 billion next year.”
Senator Patricia C. Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) represents the 36th Senate District in the California Legislature, which covers South Orange County, North San Diego County and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.