There’s certainly plenty to like in Gov. Gavin Newsom's "May Revise" budget proposal.
Expanding the child tax credit, building our reserves and investing in early education are all worthy pursuits, but they’re also easy when the state has a $21.5 billion surplus. We need to be cautious about committing too much in ongoing spending so we avoid having to make painful cuts in the future.
As people struggle with our state’s affordability crisis, the real question we should ask is "Are the people of California getting their money’s worth from their government?" With failed programs such as high-speed rail, broken promises like Medi-Cal, our substandard K-12 education system, and our underfunded public pensions, the answer is clearly "No."
The governor’s plan to increase taxes while the state enjoys a record surplus defies logic. We certainly need to fix our water infrastructure and upgrade our 911 system, but we can easily do that without taking more from Californians who have already been taxed to the breaking point.
(Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) is the California Assembly Budget Committee vice chair.)