|The Senator Reports
||April 1st, 2010|
No More Budgeting Gimmicks; Time for Real Reform
By Senator Mark Wyland (R-Carlsbad)
Last week, the Select Committee on Improving State Government presented a budget package by California Forward. While I appreciate the genuine effort of this group, the measures fall short of the structural transformation necessary to move California in the right direction.
You’ve heard me say it before and I’ll say it again: this Legislature is operating in a bill factory. Instead of continuing to drown in the mounds of paper that is Sacramento, we must start conducting thorough performance audits of government programs, demanding accountability for taxpayer dollars and increasing oversight.
That’s why I’ve introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment 2 and Senate Constitutional Amendment 28, which, respectively, would require that the Legislature focus on nothing but the budget and oversight for an entire year and require the State Auditor to conduct a performance evaluation of every state government program and expenditure. I believe increasing time and oversight are the key ingredients to repairing our broken budget system for good.
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
2010 Woman of the Year
By Assemblyman Martin Garrick
Two crises face California - a looming $20.7 billion dollar state budget deficit and a 12.5 percent unemployment rate. It’s absolutely critical that we bring jobs back to California if we are to get people back to work, and bridge the budget gap.
That is why this week Assembly Republicans introduced a 17 bill jobs package. It promotes job creation, sunsets unnecessary regulations, and stops junk lawsuits. You can read our plan at: www.CAJobsFirst.com.
Republicans also started a 100 day countdown to the end of the fiscal year when the budget is due. Every year, the budget needs to be signed by July 1st. But lawmakers delay decisions and blow past the deadline year after year.
We must start serious budget discussions now. Lawmakers need to end the tax and spend fever that dominates the annual budget debate.
The time for action to get our state’s fiscal house in order and bring back jobs is now. Taxpayers should demand that lawmakers will work around the clock to pass a balanced budget and a comprehensive jobs package.
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.