Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) issued the following statement after the California State Senate approved the 2016-2017 state budget earlier today:
"The Legislature voted to enact another record-setting budget. Unfortunately, transportation priorities are being neglected in favor of high-speed rail.
“Consequently, California residents will be asked to chip in more as vehicle registration and cell phone fees are increased.
“This budget does not position the state for forecasted cost increases in salaries and pension contributions. Sacramento's willingness to increase California's unfunded liabilities at the detriment of future generations has to be halted.
“With an Unrestricted Net Deficit of $170 billion, California must stop mortgaging its future and prepare for the next economic recession by paying down debt and putting even more money away in the rainy day fund."