|The Senator Reports
||July 9th, 2009|
And the Budget Negotiations Continue...
By Senator Mark Wyland
Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger announced that he would abstain from signing any legislation unrelated to the budget until the Legislature came to an agreement. Some in the Legislature want to solve a small portion of our $26 billion deficit, while others, like me, believe that it’s partial solutions and too much focus on bills that got us into this mess to begin with.
I commend the Governor for refusing to sign bills that do not pertain to the budget. As I stated in a letter to the Governor and Legislative Leaders dated April 16th, I have a constitutional amendment that would change the way we operate so the first year of our two-year session we would do exactly what the Governor is suggesting: legislators should work on nothing but the budget and oversight, and then deal with the ‘bill factory’ once there is a balanced budget in place.
Senator Mark Wyland represents the people of the 38th Senate District, which includes cities in north San Diego County and the south Orange County cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.
Senator Mark Wyland
1910 Palomar Point Way, Suite 105
Carlsbad, California 92008
Budget Votes and a Missed Opportunity
By Assemblyman Martin Garrick
Last week, my Assembly colleagues and I were happy to support a bi-partisan budget measure that would have saved the state billions. Given the drastic fiscal situation this state faces, every opportunity to come together and do what’s right for the state shouldn’t be squandered.
The bill in question, a $3.3 billion spending reduction, was related to the 2008-2009 budget and needed to be signed by the Governor before the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. Unfortunately, the bill ultimately stalled in the State Senate just before midnight on June 30th.
According to the Department of Finance, the failure to pass that one measure will ultimately lead to over $8 billion in future obligations. Furthermore, it meant that the State Controller has no choice but to start issuing IOU’s and even deeper cuts will have to be made.
I was proud that I was able to stand with my colleagues and provide a viable option for closing our budget deficit. Unfortunately, our work will only get tougher going forward.
Assemblyman Martin Garrick serves the communities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Vista, and portions of San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside as the Assemblyman for the 74th District.