Campbell (R-Irvine) is an Assemblyman representing the 70th District
in Orange County. Mr. Campbell is the Vice-Chairman of the Assembly
Budget Committee. He is the only CPA in the California State legislature
and recently received a national award as Freshman Republican
Legislator of the Year. He represents the cities of Newport Beach,
Laguna Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Aliso Viejo, Laguna
Woods and Lake Forest. He can be reached through his Assembly
and through the website
for his California Senate campaign.
A Budget Consensus?
Let's just spend a little more while we're at it.
[John Campbell] 6/14/03
the next few weeks, this report will dwell entirely on the
the California State Budget and the progress,
or lack thereof, towards achieving consensus on one.The budget
conference committee met almost every day for the last 8 days.
was a valueless exercise this year wherein Democrats attempted
to achieve consensus with other Democrats relative to items
in the budget.
no attempt or objective to reduce spending or to consider the
Republican viewpoint even though an eventual
budget solution must necessarily have Republican support.
So, arguably, the conference committee was counterproductive
added more liberal spending priorities which merely moves
it farther away from the prospect of Republican support. Some
of the "lowlights" of the budget as it now stands in conference
- It actually
increases spending by about $3.3 billion or about 4% over
last year. Can you imagine increasing
spending in the midst of the deepest budget crisis
in the history of this or any state? ItÅfs unconscionable.
But Democrats on the committee characterized the budget as
cuts" and "extreme reductions." Give
me a break.
- One anonymous
Democratic staffer was heard to say "one
way you can tighten your belt is by just getting
- It contains
increases in taxes/fees on cars, income, sales, tobacco,
long distance phone calls, workers
compensation insurance premiums, farmers, farms,
rural landowners, and
a host of others.
were unable to agree on reductions to the vital and critical
agency known as the "arts
council". If they
can't eliminate this clearly superfluous and
unnecessary bureaucracy, is there anything they
- How about
getting rid of the newly created "California
Power Authority" -- an agency with over
21 positions paying between $100,000 and $220,000
per year which was chartered to
create new electric power but has failed to generate
a single kilowatt after spending $18 million?
What a great job -- $200,000
per year and you don't actually have to produce
anything or serve anyone. Nope. They took no
So they can't "afford" to cut these and numerous other
budgetary items, but they say you can "afford" to pay
some more taxes. Oh and by the way, if they do all this they
still will leave a deficit of about $8 billion or so next year
so that they will "need" to raise taxes again.
Republicans have said and continue to say that we will not stand
by and watch this government continue to repeat the fiscal mistakes
of the last four years. Republicans will not vote for a budget
unless it does not increase taxes and does decrease spending.
And that's about the only thing about this state budget that
you can take to the bank.