|Senator||July 29th, 2010|
The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: A San Diego Institution
In 2004 legislators created a new e-waste program with the admirable goal of increasing the recycling rates for electronic devices like computers and televisions. Despite the laudable mission of the program, it represents another example of government spending squandered because of irresponsible oversight. Apparently, government administrators improperly approved false e-waste claims, mostly from out-of-state ineligible products. Reports have uncovered tens of millions of dollars in fraud and abuse.
Even with examples like these, the Democrats running Sacramento continue defending the status quo and refuse to adopt reforms that will enhance accountability. To ensure that abuses like the recent case of the recycling program do not reoccur, I have introduced reforms that require tough oversight. One new measure would empower the State Auditor to evaluate the effectiveness of government-run programs and examine spending line by line.
All lawmakers- Democrats and Republicans, should strive for fiscal responsibility,
transparency, and government accountability. I will continue demanding a bipartisan
approach to stronger oversight, because everyone can agree that accountability
is long overdue.†† 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 Juan Capistrano.
Democrats Push to Raise Taxes at the Pump Instead of Cutting
California has a $19.1 billion dollar deficit.State government is overspending by $52.3 million dollars per day.But legislative Democrats reject all serious plans to shrink the size of state government.
Democrats claim that if we tighten the belt of government, this will cost jobs. Ironically, the jobs they are trying so hard to protect are state employee jobs, funded by you Ė the taxpayers. Do the math and youíll see - taxpayers canít afford this many government jobs any longer.
The average private sector worker in California makes $55,000 dollars per year. They pay $3,600 dollars per year in state taxes. Yet the salary and benefits of the average state government job costs taxpayers $90,000 dollars per year. This means it takes 25 private sector workers to fund one state government job.
But the private sector jobs we need to fuel our economy are disappearing at an alarming rate. Over the last five years, California has lost 1.3 million private sector jobs. At the same time, state government has added more than 38,000 jobs. Itís no wonder we have a $19.1 billion dollar deficit.If we want to balance the budget, we need to shrink the size of government, and bring back private sector jobs for working Californians.