Senate Republican Leader Bates and Senator Nielsen Respond to Governor's 2018-19 Budget Proposal

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), vice chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, responded to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2018-19 budget proposal:

Senate Republican Leader Bates:

“California’s projected budget surplus provides an opportunity to do the right thing for taxpayers and I’m encouraged that the governor wants to add an additional $3.5 billion into the state’s Rainy Day fund. Republicans fought to establish the Rainy Day Fund and we share the governor’s concerns about a return to deficit spending as even a mild recession could lead to painful decisions in the future.

“My Senate Republican colleagues and I are advocating for a pragmatic ‘2-2-2’ framework that ensures that the surplus will not be squandered on spending we cannot afford. The governor’s budget already sets a new record high of $132 billion in spending. Senate Republicans stand ready to help the governor pass a fiscally responsible budget for all Californians.”

Senator Nielsen, Vice Chair, Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee:

“Republicans fought for a Rainy Day fund and applaud the Governor for continuing this commitment to saving for future emergencies. If the excess tax revenue is to be used, it should only be invested in one-time expenditures that relieve future taxpayer obligations. What we must not do, is continue creating new programs that burden taxpayers forever.”  

Click here to learn more about the “2-2-2” budget surplus framework.


Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) represents the 36th Senate District in the California Legislature, which covers South Orange County, North San Diego County, and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Elected to the State Senate in January 2013, Senator Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba. Please follow him on Twitter & Facebook.