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Local legislators react to state budget

Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, R-Ceres, 26th District

"I could not in good conscience vote for cutting funds to schools and local governments when state bureaucracies like the Air Resources Board and Department of Water Resources escape unscathed. We need to prioritize people instead of bureaucrats and many of these bills didn't do that. While I was happy to support the bills that contained reforms, it is obvious that Sacramento is broken and these reforms are just the tip of the iceberg to what is needed.

"Sacramento needs to stop the gimmicks and games budgets, it's not helping the state. I fear we're going to be going through this again before the year is out because until we take on the sacred cows like Air Resources Board and DWR and cut their budgets, we won't be able to fix the problem."

    

Sen. Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto, 14th District

"With a historic deficit that only continues to worsen, few palatable options are left on the table. This legislation takes a number of steps in the right direction, such as maximizing surplus properties and implementing oversight protections to reduce fraud in the In-Home Supportive Services program. Unfortunately, I could not support this package in its entirety because of the negative impacts it will place on the communities I proudly represent and because it is only a temporary fix to California's long-term budgetary problems.

"As a former city council member, I could not vote in favor of a raid of local government coffers. I also have grave concerns about the potential early release of thousands of felons onto our streets.

"We must take this time of crisis to seize permanent reforms, such as a strong spending limit, pension reform and two-year spending plan. The current system is not viable and Californians are tired of the predictable budget fights every time the season changes."

    

Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto, 25th District

"After a very difficult night and day of negotiations I believe that the right thing happened today for the state of California. We all made some painful but necessary decisions that will put us on the road to recovery. I look forward to moving forward with economic stimulus to get Californians back to work."

    

Sen. Jeff Denham, R-Atwater, 12th District

"I refuse to vote for a budget that will dump 27,000 criminals back on our streets, force the laying off of local cops and cuts access to the courts, making it harder to prosecute those that recommit crimes."

    

No comment was submitted by Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston, 17th District.

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