Despite the fact that Gov. Brown's FY 2014-15 budget proposal used many of the same recommendations Republicans have been making for the past decade, there are a number of concerns GOP leaders from across the state are voicing.L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich: "On top of $354 billion in unfunded liabilities, including $217.8 billion in retirement mandates, Governor Jerry Brown is increasing spending by 8% -- once again ignoring the fact that while the wheel is spinning, the hamster is dead. "The 2014-15 budget's increased spending, while our state's fiscal health is on life support, is irresponsible and saddles current and future generations with debt. "The Governor continues to believe that 'a penny saved is a government oversight.' He needs to take decisive action to reform civil service, consolidate overlapping programs, eliminate excessive regulations and downsize the bloated bureaucracy to put the state's fiscal house in order."
********** Published: Jan. 23, 2014 - Volume 12 - Issue 41