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Ray Haynes

Mr. Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside and Temecula. He serves on the Appropriations and Budget Committees. [go to Assembly Member Haynes website at California Assembly][go to Haynes index]

Thanks For Your Input, Phil
About Three Years Too Late...
[Ray Haynes] 12/9/03

California’s treasurer, Phil Angelides, recently came out against the new Governor’s recovery plan, specifically opposing the bond part of the proposal. He promised to spend $350,000 and run television ads attacking the plan. His reason? He doesn’t want our children paying for the problems we created.

Thanks, Phil, for the input. You said nothing when we passed a $25 billion school bond in the midst of a severe budget crisis. You said nothing when it became clear that we were squandering our surplus on bogus welfare proposals. You said nothing when we began borrowing $13.3 billion illegally (without a vote of the people). You said nothing while we rolled over our acumulating debt from 2001-02 to 02-03 to 03-04 budget years, ultimately taking our $12 billion surplus and turning it into a $10.8 billion debt. You said nothing when we increased public employees’ pension benefits so much that we took a multi-billion surplus in the CalPERS program, which we were told would not require any general fund payments for years, and turned it into such a large debt that the state was required to borrow $2.5 billion from the general fund to pay this year’s obligation to the pension fund.

Thanks for the input, but you are just about 3 years too late. Could it be that you sat silently by while your Democrat colleagues in the Legislature and the Governor’s office destroyed this state’s economic vitality and its budget because you thought there was nothing wrong then? Or could it be that you just didn’t want to take the political heat from them? When you campaigned for higher taxes last March and April, you made no mention of the 43% increase in welfare spending since 1999, the year Gray Davis took office, even though welfare rolls had gone down since then. You didn’t ask the Legislature to actually look at what they were doing to taxpayers and future generations then. Why was that?

And why now are you complaining? The Legislature has already approved the borrowing of this money, last July. They just didn’t require a vote of the people, like the Constitution requires. When the lawsuits against the pension bond were successful, you didn’t say a word about how it was necessary for the Legislature to come back and make sure it had the cash flow (through borrowing) that it needed to pay this year’s debt. You said nothing about how to fix the legal and budget issues created by Gray Davis’ and your Democrat legislator friends debt. Why not? Why now?

With all due respect, the Treasurer’s current ranting smells of politics as usual in Sacramento. The new Governor’s proposals are a serious attempt at trying to fix problems that were created while Angelides sat quietly by, compounding those problems by his silence. The moment Schwarzenegger announced his plan, Angelides pounced, apparently to rocket his 2006 governor’s campaign to the forefront of people’s attention.

Thanks Phil, for the input. Maybe next time you’ll call your Democrat friends to account when they spend the taxpayers’ money like a bunch of drunken sailors. Maybe next time we can count on you to be fiscally responsible when it is the right thing to do, not when you think you will get a political advantage.


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