SACRAMENTO- Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s Revised State Budget Proposal for 2022-2023:
‘Governor is living in an election year fantasyland if he thinks promises of debit cards and discounts in the fall will bring relief NOW.
“Even the Office of the Nonpartisan Legislative Analyst agrees with Republicans that suspending the gas tax would be the quickest way to provide immediate relief to families from soaring gas prices. The governor and Democratic leaders should pull a page out of the Republican playbook and immediately suspend the gas tax.”
The governor announced a budget surplus of $97.5 billion, another historic figure. One of the governor’s proposals is to offer a $400 check to eligible registered car owners, and as media reports, struggling drivers may not get those rebates in their wallets until the end of the year. summer as gasoline prices climb to $5.87 a gallon today (Gasbuddy.com) in California.
Prior to the announcement of the governor’s May review, Chief Wilk and all members of the Senate Republican caucus laid out a clear list of budget priorities. Senator Rosilicia Ochoa Bogh (Yucaipa) also posted remarks ahead of today’s announcement. Watch or download Senator Ochoa Bogh’s reaction here. spanish version here.
Click on here to read the budget request letter. Included in the full list are:
- Full gas tax holiday – The state should immediately suspend the gas tax to reduce the cost of fuel for families suffering from record high prices. Revenues should be met from the general fund so that transportation projects are not affected.
- Reduced costs for tenants – To help offset rising rental costs, California should increase the tenant tax credit to $1,000 for spouses filing joint returns, heads of families and surviving spouses. It should also include a $500 tax credit for other people to provide temporary assistance for one of California’s biggest problems.
- California student tax credit – To help students with rising costs for housing, transportation, or other school expenses, California should offer up to several thousand dollars in student tax credits per year for eligible students.
- Responding to Mental Health and Addictions Needs – The state should invest $10 billion to build the facilities needed to address related mental health, addiction and homelessness crises.
- Invest in water storage – The state must invest the $2.6 billion needed to fully fund the site reservoir already approved by voters that will provide water storage for 1.5 million homes annually.
- Prepare for wildfires – The state must remove red tape and roadblocks that block forest fire prevention and treatment projects.
Senator Wilk represents the 21st Senate District, which includes the Antelope, Santa Clarita, and Victor Valleys. Learn more about Scott by visiting his website and be sure to connect with him on social media.