With the state facing a massive budget shortfall of $25 billion, members of the California Senate Republican Caucus want to ensure that the 2023-2024 budget proposal is focused on ‘spending smarter instead of spending more’ without negatively impacting California families.
Senate Republican Budget Committee Vice-Chair Roger Niello (R-Fair Oaks) and Senate Minority Leader Brian Jones (R-San Diego) delivered a budget letter to Governor Newsom and legislative Democratic leaders today, which outlines key priorities and is signed by all members of the California Senate Republican Caucus. Click here to read the entire letter.
Below is an excerpt from the letter:
The LAO pointed out the following: “…in light of the magnitude of the recent augmentations, programs may not be working as expected, capacity issues may have constrained implementation, or other unforeseen challenges may have emerged. To address the budget problem for the upcoming year, these cases might provide the Legislature with areas for pause, delay, or reassessment.” We agree with this assessment. It is likely that we can balance the budget by cutting ineffective spending, or by halting previously approved funds that have not yet been actually spent, and thus balance the budget without negatively affecting the people of California.
The California Senate Republican Caucus outlined the following priorities:
- Lower Gas Prices
- Cut Costs for Renters
- Prevent Wildfires
- Build Water Storage
- Commit to Kids, Cut Failing Projects
- Tackle Crime
- Empower Job Creators
- Act on Homelessness