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State Senator for San Gorgonio Pass Answers Gov. Brown's Budget Proposal

'Governor Brown is right,' State Sen. Bill Emmerson said. 'We must keep the brakes on and live within our means.'

The state senator for Banning and Beaumont issued a statement Thursday on Gov. Jerry Brown's 2013-14 state budget proposal.

"Governor Brown is right," State Sen. Bill Emmerson said. "We must keep the brakes on and live within our means. He is also right that Democrats are going to have a hard time saying no to new spending and only time will tell if the Supermajority will have the fortitude to do so."

Emmerson, R-Hemet, who recently relocated his district office to Redlands, is Vice Chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, according to his staff.

"In terms of the budget presented today, I'm disappointed that only $2.7 of more than $6 billion provided by Proposition 30 is going to K-12 education and community colleges," Emmerson said.

Earlier Thursday, Brown proposed "a balanced state budget" that includes investment in education, health care reform and "keeps California on a long-term path to fiscal stability," according to the governor's staff.

Brown, a Democrat, drew a distinction between the state deficit and the state debt.

"The deficit's gone; the wall of debt remains," Brown told reporters in Sacramento. The state's $36 billion debt could be reduced to $4.3 billion by 2016, Brown said.

Emmerson represents the 23rd state senate district, which includes Rancho Cucamonga, Big Bear Lake, Redlands, Loma Linda, Highland, Yucaipa, Calimesa, Beaumont, Banning, Hemet, San Jacinto and Menifee.

A pdf map of the 23rd district is attached to this report.

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ATC January 10, 2013 at 11:13 PM
A "proposed" budget means nothing; the state legislature, controlled by the democratic supermajority, will pass what they want, and have the numbers to ignore Republicans and override anything that Brown proposes. The Dems have already said they'll push to restore many government services that were rolled back in recent years. Translation: "increase spending". Coupled with the likelihood of lower than projected revenues from prop 30 (which is usually the case), does anyone really believe that California's budget picture is suddenly all hunky dory? To Democrats, the fact that the State's debt could be slashed from $36 billion to $4 billion just means that they have and additional $32 billion to spend ove the next couple of years. Living within their means is not in their vocabulary.
Diego Rose January 11, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Good job Mr. Emmerson! The fact that it is a proposed budget means it is all for not but, it is always good to see when a politician has grasped the basic economic principal we all must use;"You can't spend what you don't have!". The more politicians and Americans understand that government only spends money it extracts from individuals, the sooner we will all begin to turn our financial situation around. Some political figures think that if they get money for their constituents, that they have done their jobs as politicians. What the individuals seem to forget is that the money that is given to them for any said project is often just being returned to them. Our political system really is just a system of stealing from Peter to pay Paul!

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