SACRAMENTO, CA) – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, representing 700,000 workers throughout California, released the following comment from Executive Director David Kieffer on Gov. Jerry Brown’s May Revise budget today:
“Today, Governor Brown outlined the starkly different choices California faces at this crossroads and why we need a balanced approach to solving the budget.
“Gov. Brown and the Democrats in the legislature have already made more than $13 billion in painful cuts to services Californians rely on for their health, safety, and our shared prosperity. Not a single Republican showed the courage to vote to support the Governor’s even-handed approach. Now it’s time to ensure that the solution is truly balanced by maintaining existing revenues.
“Across California, the voters we talk to say it’s time for the legislature to do its job and pass a budget that maintains current revenues; a simple vote is all the constitution requires. What we don’t need is an unnecessary and costly election that will only continue the state’s economic uncertainty.
“We must address the structural deficit with real solutions this year; we cannot afford another year of delays and borrowing. It’s time for every legislator, including those of the minority party, to tell the truth and treat voters with respect: no more gimmicks, no more fudging, and no more fairy tales. Though revenues are higher than expected, there is no way to close a $13 billion gap without maintaining existing revenues. If our legislators fail to deal with that reality, our schools and public safety agencies will be forced to assume the worst and lay off thousands more teachers, police officers, paramedics, and firefighters.”
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SEIU California is a union of over 700,000 janitors, social workers, security officers, home care workers, school and university employees, healthcare workers, and city, county and state employees represented by SEIU local unions throughout California. We come together to build a better California by fighting to pass policies and elect candidates that benefit working families and advance the issues we care about: affordable healthcare, good wages, retirement security for all, a healthy environment, good schools and universities, and stronger communities. We believe that by working together we can build a California where working families can thrive again.