The California State Budget

Resolution Number BRG09.06A

The California State Budget

WHEREAS,
California faces a budget shortfall that today exceeds $24 billion and may yet grow larger and these deep cuts will have potentially devastating effects on real Californians who depend on the state for public safety, education, healthcare and social services and may also undermine our economic recovery and President Obama’s investment in economic stimulus; and

WHEREAS, the Democratic Party and Democratic elected officials are committed to protecting those who are at greatest risk and most dependent on the state for essential government services, and Democrats have always stood up for the people of California, fighting to guarantee funding for critical services and programs; and

WHEREAS,
the tyranny of the Republican legislative minority and the political weakness of California’s lame duck Governor have time and again conspired to block adoption of reasonable budgets and sources of new revenue and are holding the state hostage to advance their partisan and individual political agendas without regard for those most vulnerable and impacted by their actions and, in addition, falsely claim that the people of California rejected the raising of new revenues by defeating the initiatives in May whereas polls show this was not the case;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED,
that the California Democratic Party calls on all Democratic legislators to stand firmly united to uphold the values of the Democratic Party and resist an all-cuts budget, to reject those compromises that would cause long term injury to our state and its people, to speak out for fair ways of raising revenue, to call attention to those in the legislature who would decimate these programs and to just say “NO” to the Governor and Republicans in the State Legislature when asked to cut critical programs for children, the elderly and the disabled; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party pledges to provide the strength needed by our leaders in Sacramento by helping to mobilize support for a sensible budget solution and that this resolution be sent to all Democratic members of the California Legislature.

Sponsored by Santa Clara County Democratic Century Committee; Los Angeles Democratic Party;
Region 10 Delegates: Susan Broidy; Cheryl Conway; Stew Jenkins; Gabriel Zacarias; Hilda Zacarias; Chris Lanier; Maureen Cruis; David Atkins; Leah Herzberg; Pam Reinking; Linda Sutton

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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