When the Legislature passed a spending plan on Friday, State Board of Equalization member George Runner said Gov. Jerry Brown should veto the budget and "scrap his proposed $50 billion tax hike and propose a new plan that requires government to live within its means.”
Here's what else he said:
“Rather than deal with reality, the Legislature has once again sent a fantasy budget to the Governor.
“This fantasy budget foolishly assumes overtaxed Californians will vote this November to send even more of their hard-earned dollars to Sacramento.
“When voters approved Proposition 25, they didn’t anticipate it would allow one party to make all major budget decisions in secret. Not only were Republicans shut out of the process, but so was the public.
“Rather than make real reforms to increase private sector paychecks, this budget plan relies on taxes, borrowing and gimmicks to keep legislators’ paychecks flowing."
Former State Senator Runner represents Placer County on the state tax board.