Unsustainable State Budget that Misses Opportunity to Help Struggling Californians

Governor Gavin Newsom released his $300 billion May Revise today to the Legislature to begin the budget process. Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) and Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County), Vice Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, issued the following statement:

“Everyday Californians are being crushed by an affordability crisis worsened by 40-year high inflation. While the Governor makes flashy political headlines, he continues to fail to make investments that will help Californians endure these tough financial times.

“Ignoring the people’s financial burdens, the Governor refuses to provide immediate gas tax relief. He did not propose any permanent tax relief to deal with a worsening affordability crisis exacerbated by his policies. Given the bone dry conditions caused by the third year of drought, he stubbornly dismisses the cry to build more water storage and accelerate wildfire prevention projects.

“The Governor may not want to acknowledge it, but California is in crisis and his budget is unsustainable.

“This is yet another missed opportunity to help California families, small businesses and workers who continue to be forced to flee the state.”