Digital News Report – Senator Bob Huff (R—Diamond Bar) released the following statement after hearing Governor Schwarzenegger’s 2010 State of the State address which was delivered to a joint session of the Senate and Assembly this morning:
“California is in shambles,” said Senator Bob Huff. “Our unemployment rate is the highest it has ever been, and businesses are being fatally strangled by the onerous regulations being imposed on them by the state. I believe the Governor realizes the severity of the situation and I agree with his assessment that the budget is “California’s Katrina.” I approve of his action to call a special session on the budget, and I commend his efforts to stem the bleeding of jobs. No longer can lawmakers sit back and simply wish more jobs into place. Instead, we must set aside our own self-serving interests and take meticulous, calculated steps to reform the way government works.
“Without a doubt, the biggest challenge California faces in 2010 is the inevitable collapse of our fiscal house. We are hamstrung by a budget crisis that dwarfs all other issues, and state lawmakers must set aside their comfort in the continuation of the status quo. I have faith that this year will be the year to bring jobs back to California. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get dirty,” said Senator Huff.
“Democrats and Republicans must strive to work together on the major issues facing California, and I look forward to working with the Governor on the bold reforms he outlined in his address regarding a realignment of universities and prisons. I will, however, ensure that these priorities do not sacrifice the safety of the public,” continued Senator Huff.