SACRAMENTO - Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, of Tulare, today issued the following statement after the Legislature's passage Tuesday of the Democrat majority vote budget:
"For months, Assembly Republicans faced relentless pressure from the majority party and the Sacramento spending lobby to cave into higher taxes so they could fund more giveaways and unsustainable spending. Tonight, our Caucus honored our commitment to taxpayers by preventing the passage of painful tax increases that would have hurt families and employers alike.
"While it is unfortunate that the Democrats' majority vote budget plan includes illegal fee increases, irresponsible spending priorities and lack of funding certainty for K-12 and higher education, it is good news for Californians that it does not include a massive $58 billion tax increase. As a result of Assembly Republicans standing united together to protect taxpayers, the average California will see $1000 in annual tax savings starting Friday. This tax relief will be a major boost to families and the economy.
"Now that the budget is behind us, it's time for lawmakers to turn our attention to the critical changes that are needed to get California back on track. Assembly Republicans will continue to fight for a strict spending limit, common-sense pension reforms and policies to bring back jobs. Unless we make reform a priority, we will make little progress in solving our long-term budget and economic problems."