WHEATLAND REGION (MPG) – A statement from Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Nicolaus):
“I am encouraged that the Governor is still committed to our state’s future financial security by putting revenues away in the Rainy Day Fund, advocating for financial prudency, and addressing retiree health care liabilities. I also applaud his commitment to expediting drought relief funding to those communities who need it the most. In addition, we must prioritize protecting classroom dollars, growing the economy, and paying down debt.
“However, I am troubled that we continue to allocate funding to the boondoggle high speed rail project and the peripheral tunnel project, which after exhaustive studies is still not shovel-ready. Instead, we need to do more to invest in our crumbling water and transportation infrastructure. In his State of the State address, the Governor himself stated the importance of this critical infrastructure, as our deferred maintenance on existing roads and bridges is now at a staggering $66 billion. Streamlining the construction of vital water storage projects should also be at the top of the list.
“I am also concerned that Governor Brown has committed to doubling down on greenhouse gas reduction policies through increased burdensome regulations. Governor Brown emphasized the need to help low-income Californians, but ironically policies like this hurt the poor by raising their basic living costs like gas, electricity, and food. Republicans propose to lift people out of poverty by reducing regulations, growing jobs, and ensuring every Californian has access to a quality education. California needs to shift its priorities from frivolous projects and get back to some of the basic essentials of state government.
“I am ready to work with the Governor and the administration to bring about common-sense reforms. We need to prioritize funding for essential infrastructure, ensure education tax dollars actually make it to our classrooms, and pay down our debt to tackle the state’s long-term liabilities.”
Source: The Gallagher Gazette, May 201