Assemblyman Jay OBERNOLTE

Wants You To Know


Monday, June 15, 2020, the California Legislature fulfilled its constitutional duty to pass our annual state budget. In this budget, the Legislature closes a $54 billion deficit using a combination of budget deferrals, billions in borrowing, a $4.4 billion tax increase on businesses, and depletion of most of our reserves.

While we were able to protect vital services this year, unfortunately these budget gimmicks merely defer difficult decisions about reducing state spending and will only create larger budget deficits in the future. 

However, I wholeheartedly approve of the Legislature’s resolve to stand-up to the Governor’s continued overreach in exercising executive power. This budget reasserts our constitutional authority to provide fiscal oversight of state spending. As a coequal branch of government, we have an obligation to ensure that every taxpayer dollar is spent wisely and appropriately.

Most importantly, I am elated that the Legislature has rejected the Governor’s proposal to close the Barstow Veterans Home. This budget also includes a guarantee that not a single veteran in this home may ever be involuntarily displaced.

Keeping this vital facility open is a huge victory for our Veterans, their Families, and our Communities.

It is an honor to represent you,



Assemblyman Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly District, which includes the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto,

 Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead,

 Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and Victorville.