SACRAMENTO - Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Roseville, today issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown's State of the State address, which he delivered to a joint session of the Legislature on Wednesday morning:
"I share the Governor's commitment to reduce bureaucracy in education and deliver more local control to schools. I was also encouraged by the Governor's call for meaningful pension reform. But unfortunately today, I sat in anticipation of hearing some new, innovative ideas on how we can start working together now to make our government run more efficiently and effectively, but instead, I heard the same single solution from him - that Sacramento needs to tax its way out of its current spending problem.
Our small businesses, including my own, have had to make sacrifices and cuts to be able to continue serving the needs of our customers with less. And it's time our government does the same for its customers - the taxpayers.
I remain dedicated to working with my colleagues to craft honest and realistic solutions to address California's spending addiction. I will continue to support any legislation that promotes more job creation in our state, eases the regulatory burden on our small businesses, and reduces the bureaucracy in education to allow more dollars to go directly to the classroom."
Assemblywoman Beth Gaines represents the 4th Assembly District, which includes portions of Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento and Alpine Counties.