SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)-The two Republicans who have formally announced challenges to Gov. Jerry Brown's expected re-election bid this year criticized the Democratic governor's budget proposal Thursday for not doing enough to create and retain jobs. A third potential GOP candidate, former investment banker and U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari, declined comment.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks
In a telephone interview, he said it was glaring that "not a single penny" is dedicated to tax incentives or tax credits to lure people back to California.
"We're seeing people literally get a U-Haul and leave California, and he's spending money like it's 1999," he said.
Donnelly said the governor's proposal for a revised $1.6 billion rainy day fund was insufficient: "You've got a little umbrella when you've got a hurricane coming."
On the governor's proposal to lower the prison population to comply with a federal court order: "The fact that he wants to release elderly inmates and the infirm, I think that's what he should have been doing all along instead of dumping dangerous prisoners. ... This is his real legacy."
On what Donnelly would do with the budget surplus if he were governor: "We're either going to return that money to the people we took it from, or we're going to use it to pay down debt and get our balance sheet in order."
He describes Brown's record $106.8 billion general fund spending plan as a "a tsunami of new spending."
Former lieutenant governor and state senator Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria
In a statement, he said California's "sky high unemployment — way above the national average — is proof that Jerry Brown's policies are just not working for the people of our state."
"Jerry Brown's budget proposal does little to help our state create the jobs needed so that Californians can continue to live here and not have to look beyond our borders for economic opportunity. It leaves in place the nation's highest income and sales tax rates."
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