Senator Leland Yee Responds to New State Budget, Hopes for Federal Stimulus Package

Here’s the latest from Sacramento, from San Francisco’s own Leland Yee, Ph.D:

Senator Yee Responds to Passage of State Budget. Yee objects to open primary, draconian cuts to education and social services, weakening of environmental and labor standards.

SACRAMENTO – On Thursday morning, the California Legislature approved an 18-month budget plan that includes expenditure reductions, revenue increases, economic stimulus and spending and government reforms.
Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) praised his colleagues for finding a resolution to this ongoing crisis but remains concerned over the long-term impacts of California’s financial situation as well as policy changes to the State’s environmental and labor regulations.
“Yesterday, the State Legislature was able to avert a potential catastrophe by adopting a budget that addresses the State’s $42 billion deficit,” said Yee. “While I am relieved that we have avoided a potential disaster, I am deeply concerned that many vital services and programs will be negatively impacted.”
The compromise budget package agreement, which was the culmination of over 100 days of negotiations, includes $15 billion spending reductions comprised of numerous and permanent cuts to a broad range of services, $12.8 billion in temporary tax increases, $11.4 billion in borrowing, and establishes a $1 billion reserve. 
If California receives its anticipated funding as part of the federal economic stimulus package approved by Congress, the State may be able to borrow half as much as needed currently, taxes will be reduced and some of the cuts will be restored.
“There remain many challenges ahead for California,” said Yee. “In addition to addressing issues such as healthcare reform and our deepening drought we must work diligently and expeditiously to restore services for working families, for protecting our environment and for providing for the basic quality of life for those in need.”
“While this budget solves an immediate and critical problem, the long-term impacts of the budget cuts enacted will have many unfortunate consequences,” said Yee.

More deets after the jump.

Senator Yee, in fact, opposed 17 of the 34 different bills that comprised the budget agreement.  Yee’s opposition (bills in which Yee voted no) included the open primary bills and bills that hurt labor and working families and harmed environmental protection efforts.
Budget and Trailer Bills in the 3rd Extraordinary Session:
Yee voting aye – SB 1 XXX 2009-10 Budget Bill – 2/3 VOTE: 27-12    
Yee voting no – SB 2 XXX 2008-09 Budget Bill, Jr. – 2/3 VOTE: 31-8
Yee voting aye – AB 3 XXX Tax increases – 2/3 VOTE: 27-12
Yee voting no – AB 16 XXX Trigger Increase 2/3 – VOTE: 27-11
Yee voting no – SB 4 XXX Education omnibus trailer – 2/3  VOTE: 27-11
Yee voting no – AB 5 XXX Health omnibus trailer – 2/3  VOTE: 27-6
Yee voting no – SB 6 XXX Human Service omnibus trailer – 2/3  VOTE: 28-10
Yee voting aye – SB 7 XXX Transportation omnibus trailer  – 2/3  VOTE: 27-12
Yee voting aye – SB 8 XXX General Government omnibus trailer – 2/3 VOTE: 27-10
Yee voting aye – SB 10 XXX Prop. 63 (For ballot-subject to approval by voters) – 2/3 VOTE: 36-2
Yee voting aye – AB 11 XXX Elections provisions for ballot measures – 2/3  VOTE: 36-1
Yee voting no – AB 12 XXX Lottery fixes – 2/3 (For ballot-subject to approval by voters)  VOTE: 30-8
Yee voting aye – AB 13 XXX Cash management omnibus trailer – 2/3  VOTE: 36-3 
Yee voting aye – SB 14 XXX AB 900 fixes – 2/3  VOTE: 32-6 
Yee voting no – SB 15 XXX Tax cuts – maj. VOTE: 30-6
Yee voting aye – AB 17 XXX Prop 10 (For ballot-subject to approval by voters) 2/3 VOTE: 37-0
Yee voting aye – SB 19 XXX Elections 2  maj.  VOTE: 31-4
Yee voting aye – SB 20 XXX State Controller Furniture 2/3 27-9 VOTE:
Yee voting no – ACA 1 XXX Spending cap (For ballot-subject to approval by voters) 2/3  VOTE: 30-8
Yee voting aye – ACA 2 XXX Education supplemental payment (For ballot-subject to approval by voters) 2/3  VOTE: 28-10
Economic Stimulus Bills in the 2nd Extraordinary Session:
Yee voting no – SB 3 XX Carl Moyer – maj.  VOTE: 36-1
Yee voting no – SB 4 XX Private Public Partnership & Design-build – maj.  VOTE: 30-4
Yee voting no – AB 5 XX Limited Flexible Schedules – maj.  VOTE: 33-2
Yee voting aye – SB 7 XX Foreclosure – maj.  VOTE: 24-15
Yee voting no – AB 8 XX CEQA, Permitting, Surplus Property, Engine Retrofit – maj.  VOTE: 26-10
Yee voting no – SB 9 XX Prevailing wage, labor compliance – maj.  VOTE: 33-4
Yee voting aye – SB 10 XX VLF pass-through – 2/3  VOTE: 37-1
Yee voting no – SB 11 XX Judicial Benefits Status Quo – maj.  VOTE: 32-6
Yee voting aye – SB 12 XX Courthouse construction cont. approp. – 2/3  VOTE: 35-3
Yee voting no – SB 15 XX Homebuyer credit  maj. VOTE: 37-1
Yee voting aye – SB 16 XX Horse racing: Fairs  2/3 VOTE: 34-2
Regular Session:
Yee voting no – SCA 4 Open Primary (For ballot- subject to approval by voters) 2/3 VOTE: 27-12
Yee voting no – SB 6 Open Primary maj. VOTE: 27-11
Yee voting aye – SCA 8 No Legislative pay increase/Deficit Years (For ballot- subject to approval by voters) 2/3 VOTE: 39-0

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