Cox unsatisfied with state budget | SierraSun.com

Cox unsatisfied with state budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) ” State lawmakers approved a $130.9 billion spending plan Tuesday night that uses a tax windfall to fund one of the largest increases ever for California schools and sets aside billions to pay down debt and build up reserves.

The budget bill passed the Senate 30-10 after five Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the spending plan. Ninety minutes later, the Assembly approved the bill 54-23, surpassing the needed two-thirds majority, and setting the stage for California’s first on-time budget in six years.

Truckee-Tahoe area Sen. Dave Cox (R-Fair Oaks), a member of the Senate Budget Commmittee, voted against passing the budget. He said the committee made recommendations for nearly $2 billion in spending reductions, but the suggestions were rejected.

“In the final analysis, the Legislature had the chance to get it right and it did not,” Cox said in a news release. “This budget spends more than it brings in and increases the size of government, and we cannot sustain that growth.