Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chair Obernolte Responds to the Passage of State Budget

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chair Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) issued the following statement on the passage of California’s 2020-21 State Budget: 

“In this budget, the Legislature closes a $54 billion deficit using a combination of budget deferrals, billions in borrowing, a $4.4 billion tax increase on businesses, and depletion of most of our reserves. While we were able to protect vital services this year, unfortunately these budget gimmicks merely defer difficult decisions about reducing state spending and will only create larger budget deficits in the future.”

“However, I wholeheartedly approve of the Legislature’s resolve to stand up to the Governor’s continued overreach in exercising executive power. This budget reasserts our constitutional authority to provide fiscal oversight of state spending. As a coequal branch of government, we have an obligation to ensure that every taxpayer dollar is spent wisely and appropriately.

“Most importantly, I am elated that the Legislature has rejected the Governor’s proposal to close the Barstow Veterans Home. This budget also includes a guarantee that not a single veteran in this home may ever be involuntarily displaced. Keeping this vital facility open is a huge victory for our veterans, their families, and our community.”