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Huff Dissatisfied with Legislature's Deadline Budget

Sen. Bob Huff said the budget passed by the state legislature Wednesday excluded Republican input on various reforms and job creation.

The state Legislature passed a budget Wednesday with a party-line vote, clearing a deadline that would have docked legislative pay.

According to a report in the Sacramento Bee, the budget approved Wednesday closes a $9.6 billion gap through cuts to higher education and courts and would cut redevelopment agencies.

The bill also asks Republicans to provide a two-thirds majority vote for a quarter-cent increase to the sales tax and a $12 increase to the vehicle tax, per vehicle. According to an NPR report, the budget proposal anticipates that $500 million would be generated by the vehicle tax to support local law enforcement programs.

The Associated Press reported that lawmakers felt particular pressure to pass a budget Wednesday as they stood to lose $261 in daily pay and $142 in payments for daily expenses if a budget was not passed by midnight. The June 15 deadline was set by a voter initiative in 2010.

Sen. Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), who leads budget negotiations for Republicans in the Senate, said the vote and process left out Republican input.

Huff said on the floor of the Senate that the budget bill should have included job creation, pension reform, a cap in state spending, and reform of "California's burdensome regulatory climate."

Gov. Brown still has 12 days to sign or veto the budget, which does not include the temporary tax extensions that he had planned to put to voters in a June special election.

Huff and Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Hemet) issued a joint statement in April stating that Republicans would agree to put tax extensions to the voters if pension reform was also put out to a vote.

Both and  officials have expressed support of the tax extensions, which Walnut Assistant Superintendent Jack LeBrun said could keep the district from making further cuts to the budget for 2011-2012.

More on the state budget:

A guide to Gov. Brown's revised budget is available online.

DB_Dbag June 17, 2011 at 08:04 PM
The fact of the matter is we throw out general ideas of cutting the budget but rarely speak about specifics. Where else can we cut? Our education system is struggling and we cut the budget. Our infrastructure is weakening and we cut the budget. The hard truth is that we need to raise taxes. What no one talks about is raising taxes on the wealthy. Taxes on the wealthy are at an all time low. We have no problem taxing someone for a hamburger at McDonalds, but we want to end estate taxes and lower the capital gains tax, ridiculous.
Cherie June 17, 2011 at 08:12 PM
Thank YOU!!! look above at ideas from me an others. the local offices are a great idea. so are the letters
Trisha Bowler June 17, 2011 at 08:21 PM
I get so tired of the left's mantra of "tax the rich"! Who do you think hires people? If we tax to death the wealthy they hire fewer employees! The more tax breaks a company and their owners get the more sucessful their businesses and the more they hire! The more they hire, the fewer on eumployment and the more revenue for the state and federal! Who ever heard of a person on welfare or a poor person hiring anyone? It's simple Econ 101! I have heard so many business owners tell about all the taxes and regulations they load them with that they can't afford to hire as many employees as they need! It's so simple! WHY do you think California has lost so many businesses? In Texas and other states it is much more business friendly! The legislators need to spend within their means and stop overspending then coming back to the taxpayers for even more who are struggling in this economy!! Californians are already at the top of the list for highest taxed!! Get real!
DB_Dbag June 17, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Trickle down economics does not work: http://www.faireconomy.org/research/TrickleDown.html http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/12/business/12scene.html http://www.rdwolff.com/ http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/12/13/280505/-The-Complete-Failure-of-Supply-Side-Economics Apparently, these learned people didn't go to your simple Econ 101 class.
Cherie June 17, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Well, again thank you for staying on subject. Let's see if we all can agree on just one just one thing. How about. the idea on top about district offices and letters. I would go for cutting that. ok ok one more idea. Since we all agree that public education is a very important part of our future. How about taking out all the illegals. We have 7% illegals in our state. that is a lot! can you imagine how many children? OY YOY! That would make lots of room for our own kids. I took a look at your links, I am a capitalist. I made mine and will give to who I choose. I dont think it is my obligation to give more for someone else problems I have my own. If the really rich want to give back they dont have to take there tax credit checks they can give it back. Only by doing so freely. I believe the lady is right. You cant tax a company, been there done that. If you get higher taxes like here in Calli you will close your doors or move out of state. Our unemployment now is at 12% how sad is that. I believe in RIGHT TO WORK and e verify. I want to make sure We have jobs. Have a great day, back outside.

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