Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) today issued the following statement regarding the budget deal struck by Governor Brown and legislative Democrats in the conference committee yesterday:
“I’m thankful that Governor Brown has worked to model out a softening economy and a budget agreement that grants a $2 billion increase for the rainy day fund; however, we still have much work to do to constrain spending and address our ever increasing debts and liabilities. This constraint needs to include strong oversight over the dozens of trailer bills likely to be passed between now and the end of the fiscal year. In order to continue to give this process legitimacy, trailer bills need to stay consistent with established budget priorities as to not exacerbate fiscal problems in the future.
“California has a $170 billion unrestricted net deficit, an increase of $54 billion since last year, the largest net deficit of all 50 states. This deficit severely threatens California’s short and long term financial health. While Governor Brown has been watching the state’s spending, he only has two years left in this position. The next governor is going to have an interesting predicament to deal with if the legislature doesn’t pay attention now.
"The forecasted rise in future costs due to the skyrocketing minimum wage, generous bargaining unit negotiated wage increases, and surging defined benefit pension plan contributions does not bode well for taxpayers in the near future. One only has to look at Puerto Rico, another municipality with great weather, to see what our future may become.”
The full budget will be up for a vote in the Senate and Assembly next Wednesday, June 15, 2016.