CEDILLO RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER'S STATE OF THE STATE
Sen. Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement in response to Governor Schwarzenegger's State of the State address:
"The Governor continues to talk around the central breaking point of the budget negotiation process - he has failed to find the Republican votes for a two-thirds budget deal. By rejecting the Democratic proposal - which was a fair solution that balanced difficult cuts with additional revenue - he has created this stalemate.
We can not ask students, the sick and disabled, or the elderly to bear the brunt of this budget crisis. We should not have to choose between highways and clean air or a balanced budget. Californians are clear on their support and expectations for education, transportation, the environment, and the social safety net that protects those most vulnerable.
The best budget solution will reduce the $41 billion deficit while doing the least damage. Do the Republicans not receive phone calls from parents, students, or the elderly distraught over the possibility that an education or social service benefit, which is a life-line for them, will be lost? Where is the common ground in a scenario that puts the most vulnerable at risk?
Democrats are committed to working with the Governor and Republicans to fix the budget shortfall. We have shown a willingness to make the difficult decisions necessary to solve this problem and remain ready to do so again."