Dahle says California headed for ‘cruel summer’ with budget woes

Senator Brian Dahle released the following statement regarding the 2024-25 Budget passed by the legislature.

District 1 State Senator Brian Dahle.

“The numbers were deftly manipulated to balance the budget, but the devil is in the details,” Dahle said. “This budget includes tax increases, higher fees, reductions to services for veterans and cuts of more than $800 million from the California Department of Corrections, further exacerbating California’s public safety crisis. California’s budget spends almost $300 billion, and legislative Democrats are asking for more money from voters on November’s ballot to fund their special projects.”

How we got here
California has experienced a $162 billion budget swing over the past two years, going from a $100 billion surplus to a $62 billion hole. State spending has increased 158 percent over the last 10 years, with Sacramento Democrats having sole control of every phase of the budget process starting in 2011. During that time, General Fund spending has grown 2.5 times, rising from $86 billion to $222 billion, but the state population only grew by 4 percent.

Governor Newsom has until July 1 to sign or veto the budget bills.

About Senator Brian Dahle
Senator Brian Dahle represents California’s 1st Senate District, which contains all or portions of 15 counties, including Lassen, Alpine, El Dorado, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Siskiyou, and Shasta. Also serving deferred areas of Tehama, Butte, Colusa, and Glenn counties.