Republicans Urge 48-Hour Public Review Before Legislative Budget Votes

Posted: June 11, 2012 in CA Politics
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SACRAMENTO – Senate and Assembly Republicans today called upon the Legislature’s Democratic leadership to allow the majority party budget plan to be in print for at least 48 hours before a vote is taken. Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, of Diamond Bar, and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, of Tulare, issued the following statement:

“Today is just four days before the Legislature’s constitutional deadline to pass a balanced budget, yet it has been disappointing to see the majority party engage in a sham budget process. While Democrats talk about openness and accountability, all we have seen from them are smoked-filled rooms and back-room deals, shutting out taxpayers and the news media. Budgets thrown together behind closed doors or passed in the middle of the night are one of the main reasons why California is facing chronic deficits today.”

“With the majority party crafting a budget that could harm our public schools and threaten public safety, it is imperative that it be done out in the open. That’s why we are calling upon our Democrat colleagues to allow at least a 48-hour review period before a budget vote is taken. The people have a right to know how the Legislature is spending their hard-earned tax dollars, and allowing a 48-hour review period will give them the chance to make their voices heard and hold their representatives accountable.”

The State Integrity Investigation, a joint project of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International, recently gave California a “C-” when it comes to openness and transparency in the state budget process.

Earlier this Spring, Senate and Assembly Republicans challenged the majority party for passing more than 80 empty budget “spot” bills. GOP lawmakers said that by doing so, Legislative Democrats were denying the opportunity for any amendments of budget bills at a later date, effectively paving the way for their majority vote budget plan to be rubber stamped by the Legislature. To learn more about Republican reforms to promote more transparency and openness in the legislative and budget processes, click here.

Contacts: Sabrina Lockhart (Conway) (916) 319-2034 Hector Barajas (Huff) (916) 651-4029

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