Sen. Cannella Issues Statement on Governor Brown's State of the State Address

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today issued the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State address:

“Today, Governor Brown spoke about many of the topics I believe must be addressed this year: the need for a water bond, increased investment in education and repaying our debt.

“Especially during this drought emergency, we must invest in California’s water system infrastructure. I am pleased that the Governor is going to work this year on helping get water where it is needed most. As we face the driest year in our state’s history, water is my top concern and I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues in the Legislature on the water bond. More storage and greater access to clean water must be a priority.

“Last year, I supported the Governor’s Local Control Funding Formula. Our local school districts know best how to use their funds. In addition, by continuing to further this new way of funding, we even the playing field for all California students.

“We also need to build a strong rainy day fund during surplus years and address our unfunded liabilities. It is a great disservice to Californians to use the temporary tax funds that we are currently bringing in on programs that will require ongoing funding. Fiscal discipline and spending restraint are crucial to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.”