Friday, January 10, 2014

Assemblymember Frank Bigelow responds to Gov 14/15 budget plan

Assemblyman Bigelow Responds to
Release of Governor Brown’s 2014-15 State Budget Plan
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, issued the following statement today in response to the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s state budget plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year:
“Governor Brown struck the right tone in his budget proposal by continuing to call for fiscal discipline in how we spend the people’s hard-earned tax dollars.  As the new vice chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, one of my guiding principles is that we must never spend more than the state takes in each year. 
“But I was disappointed to see caution thrown out the window with the proposal to spend cap-and-trade dollars to prop up the high speed rail mess.  I fear this is setting the stage to ultimately saddle our children and grandchildren with tens of billions of dollars in unfunded high speed rail costs, which is unconscionable.
“As the real work on the state budget now begins, I will continue to be the voice of rural California at in Sacramento, fighting for the interests of the hard-working taxpayers who are too often ignored.  I will stand alongside my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that rural California receives their fair share of funding for the taxes they pay, especially when it comes to education, health care and public safety realignment dollars.” 
Lifelong rancher Frank Bigelow proudly represents the 5th Assembly District, which encompasses Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Placer, and Tuolumne counties and includes Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.