Passage of 2017-18 State Budget
Thursday June 15, 2017 in Sacramento
– Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) issued the following statement in
response to legislative Democrats’ passage of the 2017-18 state budget:
“Sacramento Democrats’ record-spending
budget reflects their brazen willingness to exercise unrestrained Power over the People of California. Cobbled together in secret with hardly any
public input, provisions in this budget upend over one hundred years of legal
precedent empowering the people to hold their representatives accountable
through the recall process.
“The State Budget also erodes taxpayer
protections by effectively dismantling the Board of Equalization, making
unelected bureaucrats judge, jury, and executioner in determining the fate of
businesses and individuals appealing their tax bills.
Instead of advocating for taxpayers, this is a sham seeking more revenue for
the state off the backs of hardworking Californians.
“As always, there are things to both like
and dislike in the budget. It is prudent to continue building our state’s rainy
day fund, but at the same time, this budget spends $1.5 billion of our money in
new gas and car taxes, another $1.1 billion on high-speed rail, and provides
over $600 million in raises to public employee unions, already the highest paid
in the nation. For these and several other reasons, I could not support it.
also recognize that the Inland Empire needs more judges and this budget
provides two more each in both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
as has become typical in the budget process, Democratic leaders strategically
placed this important provision in a Bill, that also significantly erodes our
Second Amendment rights – an
issue having nothing to do with the budget. It was because of this fact that, regrettably, I was a ‘no’ vote.”!!