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  Senator July 1st, 2010     

Sen. Wyland

Dollars for Welfare, Spent on Gambling
By Senator Mark Wyland (R-Carlsbad)

A report released last week found that state-issued debit cards, meant to support those most in need of government assistance, were used to withdraw money from casino ATMs across the state. At the expense of taxpayers, welfare recipients cashed out almost $2 million dollars from casino floors during the last year.

This reckless example of wasteful spending should be another striking call for action and reform in Sacramento. Californians want leadership from the legislature, not liberal politicians content on business-as-usual. We need a responsible government that will provide oversight and ensure that money is spent prudently and with purpose, not on poker.

I have proposed a package of laws that will force officials to examine state expenditures and audit all programs to ensure that negligent spending doesn’t continue. Politicians cannot continue abusing taxpayers by spending their money on programs full of fraud and abuse. I will keep fighting to hold government accountable and I hope that my colleagues in the majority will start doing the same.

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
760.931.2455 Office

Sen. Garrick

Time for Budget Solutions, Not State Rock Debate
By Assemblyman Martin Garrick

With less than five days until the end of the fiscal year, and California in a downward financial spiral, you would think the Legislature’s sole focus would be on the solving the state’s $19.1 billion budget deficit. Unfortunately, you would be wrong. In fact, you would be shocked to learn what Democrats were actually debating this week.

Democrats this week held hearings about a plan to get rid of the state’s rock. It’s currently serpentine, which apparently can be bad for your health according to one Democrat Senator. The Legislature also declared June 14 through the 20th as “California Golf Week,”… after the week had already passed. This is a sad reminder that it’s not just budgets that don’t get passed on time at the State Capitol.

Finally, Democrats introduced a bill this week to criminalize “gate crashing” at the Oscars and other black-tie award ceremonies. While Hollywood party crashers might be really annoying to some, should this really be an urgent priority with 2.3 million people out of work?

There is a reason why politicians miss budget deadlines in Sacramento. And it’s not because the Constitution requires a two-thirds vote for budgets and tax increases. It’s because Democrats refuse to get serious about cutting wasteful spending and reforming state government.

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.


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