Senate Republican Leader Grove Says Record-Spending State Budget is Nothing to Celebrate

SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement in response to Democrat leaders celebrating the 2019-20 state budget, describing it as “The Affordability Package.”

“Celebration is the wrong word to describe a record-spending state budget. With a record $215 billion budget and $22 billion surplus, Californians have some things to be thankful for, but plenty to worry about as many economists fear that an economic downturn is approaching. This budget is also hurting hard-working families because it includes $2 billion in new taxes, and recklessly grows government spending by nearly $49 billion from 2016.

“And just this morning as Democrat leaders are celebrating, Californians woke up to see their gas taxes up another 5.6 cents per gallon of gasoline. California now has the distinction of having the highest gas taxes in the nation.

“Senate Republicans are working hard to advocate for Californians because they deserve better,” said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove.