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.
Going nowhere fast
[John Campbell] 6/28/03
As we approach
the June 30th deadline for enacting a state budget, here are
some of the activities that have been
going on this week. As you will see, this activity is akin to
that of a running car engine not connected to any wheels -- it
makes lots of noise and throws out power, but it's not going
- The State
Senate twice this week took up the Democrat Senators' budget
which raises taxes, increases spending and debt. Both
times all Democrats present voted for the bill and no Republicans
voted for it. When will they get it that Republicans will
not allow a terrible budget like that to pass.
- The Assembly
Democrats ran around the state this week in what we are
calling the Democrats "Tax and Spend Tour
to convince people in Orange County and other places
to raise a cheer for more and more taxes. They were not
Duh. The Speaker actually said that "people will
we don't raise taxes. Do they have any concept of what
happens to the budgets of real working families out there
when you take
away money they have earned? Are the priorities of those
families for their own money meaningless? Is the health
care of their
children and parents without concern just because they
pay for it out of their own pockets rather than out of
pockets? Is a private sector job worthless and a government
job the only one worth keeping? Give me a break.
- The illegal
300% car tax increase is being fought on two major
fronts. First is the lawsuit which should be
Second is an initiative recently filed to repeal the
tax altogether, which would reach the ballot if it
qualifies in November 2004.
Be assured that many people are working hard to stop
this shameful abuse of power.
- The State
Controller pointed out that if there is no budget by June
30th, the state will
payments to schools and community colleges and eventually
will pay state workers only minimum wage. So, the
affects of the
Democrats insistence on tax increases in a budget
will start to have real
consequences - again. If they get their way, we will
be right back here again next year with another deficit
and a demand
for more tax increases or "people will die".
The Governor and Legislative Democrats may not have
learned from their mistakes of the past 4 years.
But the people
And the people will not support tax and spending
increases again. And neither will we.