We are in the midst of the worst economic crisis in California history. Difficult choices have had to be made in order to protect education from the most devastating cuts, stop the elimination of aid for low-income college students and those transitioning from welfare to work, and keep most state parks open.
Last year, I held forums throughout AD14. By large margins, AD14′s preferred approach was to protect our schools, social services and other state programs with new revenues, like the oil drilling fee or increased tobacco taxes, rather than cuts. But with the Governor and every Republican legislator refusing to support new revenue and California requiring a two-thirds vote to pass a budget and increase taxes, our preferred path was not available.
Clearly, reform of our budgetary process is necessary to achieve a balanced approach to future budgets. I remain committed to changing California's 2/3 requirement and restoring majority budget approval.