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Smyth responds to governor's State of the State address

Posted: January 6, 2010 12:26 p.m.
Updated: January 6, 2010 1:24 p.m.
 
SACRAMENTO - California Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) issued the following statement today after Governor Schwarzenegger presented his annual State of the State address to the Legislature:

"Despite the generally dismal forecast of the upcoming year in today's address, Governor Schwarzenegger did offer some intriguing ideas that I believe are necessary for the well-being of our state. I agree with him that putting California jobs first must be a top priority, and that government should promote reinvestment, not impede progress. We must embrace reform, demand accountability, and operate transparently as we do the work of the people."

"Once again this year, we will have to make difficult budget decisions in order to close a budget deficit that is projected at over $20 billion. However, before we even begin the discussion about cutting services to those who need them most, we need to look at other areas where we can save money. There is plenty of fat left to be trimmed in the bloated state bureaucracy, particularly in agencies like the Air Resources Board, which spends the majority of its time enacting regulations that cripple our business community and drive taxpayers out of California."

"Another area to explore for potential savings is our corrections system. While large states like Texas and Florida spend just over $30,000 per inmate, California spends $50,000 on what has been deemed inadequate care. It makes no sense that we would continue to throw money at the problem when other states are doing more with less.

"I agree with the Governor that we also need to demand our fair share from Washington. While other states are receiving as much as two dollars for every dollar they send to the federal government, California receives about seventy-eight cents. At the same time, these federal dollars cannot be a substitute for fiscal responsibility. The Legislature must act swiftly to bring spending in line with revenue without raising taxes. As we saw last year, even the largest tax increase in California history was barely able to make a dent in the deficit that has resulted from runaway spending.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to work with Governor Schwarzenegger on his California Jobs Initiative. The Governor's renewed commitment to business retention and tax relief for first time homebuyers compliments an aggressive agenda that Assembly Republicans will be rolling out over the coming weeks to put California jobs first. Getting people back to work and encouraging investment within our state is the first of many long-term solutions necessary to restore California's status as the Golden State."

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