A Responsible State Budget Starts with Reducing Spending. In order to achieve a responsible budget resolution for the state, political leaders need to put aside partisan differences, forget all of the name calling and posturing.
Governor Jerry Brown took political name calling to an all time low by calling the California Taxpayer "Freeloaders"
We need to look first for ways to cut costs, consolidate agencies and programs, and eliminate waste and inefficiency. To date, the legislature has not demonstrated the political stomach for this difficult, but necessary work. That must change, and fast.
We need to exhaust all responsible options for streamlining state government. Most importantly, this needs to happen in a completely open and bipartisan way.