Senator Ling Ling Chang
(R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement after the California State Legislature approved the 2019-20 State Budget:
"It's ridiculous that Sacramento politicians want to add $2 billion in new taxes when the state has a budget surplus of $22 billion. While the final budget includes a few worthwhile projects, the budget's negatives outweigh the positives.
"From housing to gas to energy, Californians pay more than just about anyone in the nation. Why further burden hardworking families with new taxes on health care penalties, the mobile tax, and an additional $3 billion in taxes and fees on businesses over the next two years? Families are already paying more in taxes and fees, but receiving less in return.
"The final budget does include some priorities that I support, including increasing wildfire assistance, investing in public schools, and avoiding the water tax. But overall, the budget commits to spending a record $215 billion and fails to take into consideration our current surplus or a possible future economic downturn."