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Sen. Huff: 'Californians Should be Disappointed' in Gov's Budget

California Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff says he's concerned that the proposed budget isn't applying all the anticipated Prop. 30 funds to classrooms.

On the heels of an announcement that Governor Jerry Brown has come up with a balanced budget proposal, Diamond Bar's local senator is calling the plan disappointing.

Sen. Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s proposed budget plan for the State of California:

“New funding to our classrooms is a positive step forward for California.  However, the Governor’s budget only seems to include $2.7 billion in new funding for K-12 schools and community colleges even though Proposition 30 taxes will generate $6 billion this year alone - Californians should be disappointed.

 I remain concerned that while state spending is being increased by $5 billion over last year, much of this money is used to expand state programs and provides major pay and benefit increases for state employees.

 Basically, this budget is balanced by a $50 billion tax increase, and Californians have yet to see any real, long-term plan to bring back jobs and help our struggling families.”

What do YOU think?  Do you agree with Sen. Huff?  Or do you like the Governor's plan?  Tell us in the comments.

Walnut Watchdog January 14, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Walnut's schools are at the top of the State. You cannot say the same for the Hacienda La Puente District. That is why people are clamoring to get their kids in the Walnut District. The biggest mistake the District has done is roll over to the employee association. Anyone who thinks it is right for the Governor to steal the funding for schools is very mistaken. How many people are clamoring to get into JAY CHEN's district? If you think it is OK that our Democratic Congress and President has borrowed more than all of the other previous administrations combined, I would suggest you take an economics class. The Democrats do not see the day of reckoning that is coming. Neither did the people in the Weimar Republic before Hitler came to power. He issued executive orders and took away peoples guns. When demoncrats are confronted by people who are concerned by the big borrowers, they cry "racist" or "throw grandma off of a cliff in a wheelchair." I suggest that you take a look at North Korea which has been effective in redistributing wealth.
alan haskvitz January 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Watchdog, you are very much misinformed about the District "rolling over" to the employee association. Do you know how many concessions the union has made over the last six years? Do you realize the millions of dollars that have been spent on consultants during that same time? Did you realize that the District was paying for two superintends at the same time? Did you realize that they recently gave a raise and significant other benefits to the current superintendent? I would strongly suggest you do you homework. I also suggest that you use your real name. By the way, the reason that Walnut does have high test scores is due to the union teachers. There are other districts with similiar demographics that do not do as well. Good teachers and caring parents make this possible. The teachers in Walnut have a salary schedule that does not reflect these high test scores either.
Walnut Watchdog January 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM
The teachers are underpaid because of equalization. Walnut does not get it's fair share of money. Also the State under Schwarzennagar and Brown took money that was due them and borrowed it with little chance of full repayment. I heard, but do not know if its true that the last superintendant was let go because she wanted to close a school under the declining enrollment and that the teachers were afraid there were going to be layoffs. So the school stayed open, the teachers got paid and they took students from other districts to keep the teachers employed. Perhaps you could confirm that.
Allen Park January 15, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Walnut Dogcatcher, the reason why Walnut's schools do well is because of the socio-economics of the area, great teachers, and the high emphasis on education. It certainly has nothing to do with the likes of you. Students are succeeding in spite of the Republican leadership in the area screwing things up furloughing teachers. You seem to inhabit the low end of the gene pool even for a Tea Partier, as you threw out another complete lie about the President borrowing more than all previous administrations combined. Seriously, do you ever feel embarrassed by how stupid you are? If you graduated from Walnut Unified, then I take back all the nice things I've said about that district.
Concerned Parent April 28, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Having met him, I have enormous respect for Senator Bob Huff. He is not conservative or liberal and is right in the center. He is also right that Jerry Brown is raping this beautiful state, by killing businesses and not giving much back to people from ever increasing taxes and props. Alan Haskvitz, our son took your history class years back. He is still saying that you are the best teacher he's ever had, but I am personally disappointed with your support of Prop 30. That prop is one of the reasons why we are closing CA businesses and moving them to other states. I know a few people who have moved away from CA to TX and FL just because of November 6th results.

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