APPLE VALLEY, CA – Assemblymember
Thurston “Smitty” Smith, who represents the desert and mountain communities in San Bernardino County, responded to Governor Newsom’s May budget revision.
 
 “The Governor seems to be living in a fantasy world, foreign to the plight of working California families struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head in this time of rampant inflation, unsustainable fuel prices, and over-taxation.
 
The cost of living and working in California has become unbearable, and the state’s surplus of now more than $97 billion dollars emphasizes just how overtaxed and underserved California is.
 
Noticeably left out of this proposal are solutions to the state’s high gas prices that burden commuters for months. While this is not a surprise, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) agreed with Republicans that a gas tax suspension would most directly benefit people. Yet,
the Governor and Sacramento Democrats have refused to support any legislation that would reduce the cost at the pump. This just shows that Governor Gavin Newsom and Sacramento Democrats refuse to listen to anything ordinary folks
face.”
 
Assemblymember Thurston “Smitty” Smith (R-Apple Valley) is a retired small business owner and a longtime advocate for California’s taxpayers. He is the former three-term mayor of Hesperia. Smitty and his wife, Margaret, have been residents of the 33rd Assembly District for over 32 years, where they raised their two children together. Learn more about Smitty at: ad33.asmrc.org.