Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) released the following statement today regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s 2016 State of the State address:
"I appreciate what Governor Brown had to say, but it is what he did not say that should have families worried.
"California is the most expensive state in which to live and has the nation’s highest sales taxes, income taxes and gas taxes. California also has some of the nation’s highest food prices and housing costs.
"At the same time, business leaders continue to rate California the worst place to do business. That means we’re losing good paying jobs. And Governor Brown keeps calling for more taxes. This does nothing but hurt our families.
"I do appreciate the Governor's call for a rainy day fund, but it's not enough. We need more. Our looming $220 billion pension and retiree medical debt and infrastructure needs should alarm us all. These liabilities call for a fresh look at how we allocate funding.
"But in his speech, the Governor moved passed the $220 billion pension debt quicker than a high-speed rail train.
"This is the state of our state, and I came here today to find out how Governor Brown plans to address these critical areas. I want to know his plan for making California less expensive to raise a family and build a business.
"The answer is definitely not higher taxes. Nor is it ‘business as usual’ at the State Capitol."