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Sen. Huff: 'Californians Should be Disappointed' in Gov's Budget

California Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff says he's concerned that the proposed budget isn't applying all the anticipated Prop. 30 funds to classrooms.

On the heels of an announcement that Governor Jerry Brown has come up with a balanced budget proposal, Diamond Bar's local senator is calling the plan disappointing.

Sen. Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s proposed budget plan for the State of California:

“New funding to our classrooms is a positive step forward for California.  However, the Governor’s budget only seems to include $2.7 billion in new funding for K-12 schools and community colleges even though Proposition 30 taxes will generate $6 billion this year alone - Californians should be disappointed.

 I remain concerned that while state spending is being increased by $5 billion over last year, much of this money is used to expand state programs and provides major pay and benefit increases for state employees.

 Basically, this budget is balanced by a $50 billion tax increase, and Californians have yet to see any real, long-term plan to bring back jobs and help our struggling families.”

What do YOU think?  Do you agree with Sen. Huff?  Or do you like the Governor's plan?  Tell us in the comments.

Lydia Plunk January 11, 2013 at 01:51 AM
The new math doesn't add up. Good for Senator Huff in speaking up on this. Part of maturing as a voter is learning that promises made aren't kept when we ballot measures are advertised with less honesty than toothpaste. As the head of a state agency described the process " First we decide what we want. Then we design the study to get it (the money)." Once the money is in hand- they do whatever they please.
alan haskvitz January 11, 2013 at 04:00 AM
"“New funding to our classrooms is a positive step forward for California..," Senator Huff. That is good news. He apparently wanted more for schools, but Governor Brown wanted to balance the budget and reduce the debt, too. Tough choice. This is what I could come up with about the budget plan at this time and that is schools and community colleges would get $2.7 billion more than last year, two-thirds of which would be repayments for funds the state owes but withheld in previous years. " I think this would be called a compromise. And Proposition 30 clearly stated what the money was for and those that opposed it also pointed out that the funds weren't all earmarked for education. The Walnut Valley Unified School District has indicated that the extra funding was apparently not enough to insure a full school year. I don' t know if the Board is going to cut any consultants or offer a new superintendent less money.
Ray Russell January 11, 2013 at 04:43 AM
So less than I billon out ofa 50 billion tax increase is going to schools. The rest is a debt the state owes our schools. And this after the supporters for this tax increase said the bulk of this money was for schools. Lies, no wonder people no longer trust politicians or respect them. Shame on them.
alan haskvitz January 11, 2013 at 05:42 AM
Ray, what is your source for that data?
Ray Russell January 11, 2013 at 06:57 AM
The above article
Ray Russell January 11, 2013 at 06:58 AM
And your comment
Allen Park January 11, 2013 at 08:27 AM
Tom, what are the "new programs in the billions?" That does sound concerning, but I do not know if it is true. I am supportive of new monies going into debt repayment. After all, this is money that we have already spent, why shouldn't we pay it off instead of pass it on to our kids?
Teri Felker January 11, 2013 at 03:07 PM
I am not surprised. Jerry Brown is a long-term liar. The thing that amazes me is that anyone believed him in the first place. And voting for a tax increase in the middle of the disastrous state of the state; go figure.
jay January 11, 2013 at 04:14 PM
it was known up front that not all of the monies would go toward education, that some would be earmarked for the state's other needs and citizens of the state approved this approach at the ballot box. it would have been nice if more were fenced for education, however. public schools continue to struggle.
Dubya January 11, 2013 at 06:07 PM
I respect Gov Brown for being the governor that finally did something positive with our state's deficit. Brown didn't kick the can down the road, he didn't use accounting tricks to pass a budget. Tactics used by previous governors. He came into office and inherited a 26 billion dollar deficit. I admit, I was skeptical at first. It was a daunting task. I commend him for his results. Let's give credit where credit is due.
DB Clock January 11, 2013 at 08:23 PM
The CTA, and especially CTA President, Dean Vogel, did a very poor job informing the public on how the Prop 30 money was going to be spent. Their commercials during the campaign sold it as being much different than what it is, and they now have the audacity to thank us for the vote! Ultimately, the public realizes they were duped by the CTA; an organization that does not believe in honesty or in assuring our kids get what they need in the classroom. Joe Nuñez and the CTA better get what they want out of this tax, since it will be the last school initiative the public will approve in a very long time. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/18/local/la-me-cta-20120819
Ray Russell January 11, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Sorry but that probably won't happen. The voters in California have the shortest memories of anyone. Just look at the fact they elected Brown after his disastrous previous terms as governor. They also forget that most of the government people are out to line their own pockets at our expense. And that they lie and cheat and do what ever is necessary to gain their office and power. And Californians are just gullible enough to believe all that that they do and say. Just wait for more of the same at the next elections. The sheep will follow again
alan haskvitz January 12, 2013 at 02:38 AM
DB, Before you voted did you read the proposition? It was in the State literature sent to all registered voters. I did and the opposition also did and their ads carried the message that the money was not all dedicated to education. As for comments about the CTA, there have been many issues that were passed over CTA objections, including one written by Huff that allowed teacher volunteers to give treatment to students having convulsions. It was also opposed by the nurses. Don't ask where the medication had to be given. Proposition 30 costs me about $45 a year. I feel it is well worth it, but I am biased as I am a union teacher. I might change my tune in a couple of years when I leave the district for a better paying job in industry.
Allen Park January 12, 2013 at 06:42 AM
Mayor Pro Tem Tom King, you previously had a comment here where you claimed that proposition 30 created "billions in new programs." I asked you to provide evidence of that claim because I did not think it was true. Now I find that you have deleted your comment, as well as my question. I can only assume you realized that you got caught in a lie. I find it unbecoming of a city council member to first lie about legislation to stir up animosity, then instead of admitting the lie or mistake, to try and delete your comment as if you had never said it. What an embarrassment for Walnut.
Tom King January 12, 2013 at 02:08 PM
The governor continues to increase SPENDING (I used the word programs). The State continues to borrow money which threatens the future of our State. I am not embarassed and hopefully open discussion does not stir up any animosity... I will probably delete this comment some day and if you don't like it you can call me something else. Hopefully you looked at the State debt clock and realize that the level of borrowing by the State, like the Federal government is not sustainable. Long term debt for major public work projects that create jobs and commerce are fine. Borrowing for day to day operations and stealing local revenues is unacceptable.
Allen Park January 12, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Tom, you said prop 30 created billions in NEW programs. Admit it, you were just repeating a Republican catchphrase to bash the governor's proposition, and you were wrong. I voted for prop 30 and there was nothing in there about new programs. Now you are lying again about what you had posted. Seriously, admit you you were just being partisan and move on. Anyone who gets email notifications has a record of what you wrote so I don't know you keep digging your hole. Our state's finances do need improvement, we don't need to add to our problems with deliberate misinformation from elected officials.
Walnut Watchdog January 13, 2013 at 03:36 AM
The only embarassment I see on these blogs are JAY CHEN'S buddies Allen Park and Michael West with their hatefull postings. Read the story. State funding increased 5 billion dollars. Only ultra liberals like JAY CHEN support spending more money than the taxes that come into the treasury. Why don't you call Council member Tom King a racist too? You usually do that eventually. I read what he wrote and he reposted it. You hang on one word and miss the whole point. I am suprised he wastes his time trying to smarten up people like you.
Allen Park January 13, 2013 at 08:55 AM
Nothing hateful about my postings Walnut Whackjob. That hate you feel is the self-hate that bubbles up when the right-wing rants spewed by you, Tom King and Vito Spago are exposed for the BS they truly are. You have Tom King lying about Proposition 30 creating new programs, Vito Spago lying about how Hurricane Sandy aid had pork in it, Ed Royce lying about why he voted against Sandy aid, and you lying to yourself that you have a brain. And everytime you are exposed, you just revert to crying about bogeyman JAY CHEN. Pretty pathetic. We don't need JAY CHEN to expose your hypocrisy, it's apparent for everyone to see. You want to know who spends more money than the taxes that come in? Take a look at Walnut Unified, which is nearly $3 million in deficit, with a negative financial certification, and in danger of being taken over by the state. That's some great conservative Republican leadership right there!
alan haskvitz January 13, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Allen, please feel free to ask others to sign this petition to get the Walnut Valley Unified School Board back to the bargaining table. http://www.causes.com/actions/1716406?recruiter_id=103281607&utm_campaign=invite&utm_medium=wall&utm_source=fb
Walnut Watchdog January 14, 2013 at 03:30 AM
The reason the school district is short of money is because the Democrats borrowed money that was due the school district and spent it. Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pidgeon. The pidgeon is going to knock down all the pieces, crap on the board and strut around like it is victorious. The teachers agreed to furlough days until they got bailed out by unexpected money came in. Jerry Brown and the democrats in Sacramento took their money. You also should do research in something called equalization. You will see that JAY CHEN's district gets more money per student than Walnut and still cannot come close to performing at the level of Walnut's schools.
Allen Park January 14, 2013 at 07:58 AM
Walnut dogcatcher you are living in a dream world. Right, Democrats just came in and took all of Walnut's money. Just like the Sandy aid bill was full of pork. And prop 30 created billions in new programs. Right wing extremists like Tom King think if you lie enough times it must become true. Walnut is such a great district that it is going to be taken over by the state and the superintendent just jumped ship. That's what happens with Republican leadership. They want to bankrupt Los Angeles just like they bankrupted Orange County.
Ray Russell January 14, 2013 at 09:07 AM
What's wrong with you? Haven't you been reading the newspapers lately? The story of Walnuts financial straights were spelled out there and in the patch. The state has held payments to the district and as a result the district is broke. Until our fantastic governor and his cronies have money in hand they don't intend to pay what is owed to the district. This is happening all over the state. Two thirds of the monies earmarked from the latest budget to the schools is that owed. Get your facts straight and stop mouthing off. It just shows your ignorance of the facts
DB Clock January 14, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Alan, I voted no on Prop 30 because I do read the thick voters information guide. But I was still shocked that the provision to assure that a minimum of $200 per ADA go back to each district, to be discussed in open forum, was very much a lie.
Allen Park January 14, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Ray, every school district in California, as you have acknowledged, has been hit with budget cuts and state deferrals. These are not a surprise for anyone. Walnut wasn't treated any differently. The problem with Walnut is they only kept a bare minimum 3 percent reserve while other districts like JAY CHEN's kept stronger reserves and were fiscally more responsible and could weather the storm, which is why they are not furloughing teachers and in danger of a takeover while Walnut IS. This is what happens to Walnut and Diamond Bar when you have Republicans in office. Fiscal mismanagement. That is why Orange County declared bankruptcy years ago. Run by RepublIcans. And now in Congress Republicans like Ed Royce are saying they won't pay their bills and will allow a government shutdown. When will voters learn?
Ray Russell January 14, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Mr. Park, this money is being with held by a Democray governor and his administration so they can pay for all the "gifts" they are making to their supporters. It has nothing to do with the Republicans. Has Walnut School District made mistakes? I would say yes they have! They didn't allow for this illegal act of non support by "our" governor and staff.
Walnut Watchdog January 14, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Walnut's schools are at the top of the State. You cannot say the same for the Hacienda La Puente District. That is why people are clamoring to get their kids in the Walnut District. The biggest mistake the District has done is roll over to the employee association. Anyone who thinks it is right for the Governor to steal the funding for schools is very mistaken. How many people are clamoring to get into JAY CHEN's district? If you think it is OK that our Democratic Congress and President has borrowed more than all of the other previous administrations combined, I would suggest you take an economics class. The Democrats do not see the day of reckoning that is coming. Neither did the people in the Weimar Republic before Hitler came to power. He issued executive orders and took away peoples guns. When demoncrats are confronted by people who are concerned by the big borrowers, they cry "racist" or "throw grandma off of a cliff in a wheelchair." I suggest that you take a look at North Korea which has been effective in redistributing wealth.
alan haskvitz January 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Watchdog, you are very much misinformed about the District "rolling over" to the employee association. Do you know how many concessions the union has made over the last six years? Do you realize the millions of dollars that have been spent on consultants during that same time? Did you realize that the District was paying for two superintends at the same time? Did you realize that they recently gave a raise and significant other benefits to the current superintendent? I would strongly suggest you do you homework. I also suggest that you use your real name. By the way, the reason that Walnut does have high test scores is due to the union teachers. There are other districts with similiar demographics that do not do as well. Good teachers and caring parents make this possible. The teachers in Walnut have a salary schedule that does not reflect these high test scores either.
Walnut Watchdog January 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM
The teachers are underpaid because of equalization. Walnut does not get it's fair share of money. Also the State under Schwarzennagar and Brown took money that was due them and borrowed it with little chance of full repayment. I heard, but do not know if its true that the last superintendant was let go because she wanted to close a school under the declining enrollment and that the teachers were afraid there were going to be layoffs. So the school stayed open, the teachers got paid and they took students from other districts to keep the teachers employed. Perhaps you could confirm that.
Allen Park January 15, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Walnut Dogcatcher, the reason why Walnut's schools do well is because of the socio-economics of the area, great teachers, and the high emphasis on education. It certainly has nothing to do with the likes of you. Students are succeeding in spite of the Republican leadership in the area screwing things up furloughing teachers. You seem to inhabit the low end of the gene pool even for a Tea Partier, as you threw out another complete lie about the President borrowing more than all previous administrations combined. Seriously, do you ever feel embarrassed by how stupid you are? If you graduated from Walnut Unified, then I take back all the nice things I've said about that district.
Concerned Parent April 28, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Having met him, I have enormous respect for Senator Bob Huff. He is not conservative or liberal and is right in the center. He is also right that Jerry Brown is raping this beautiful state, by killing businesses and not giving much back to people from ever increasing taxes and props. Alan Haskvitz, our son took your history class years back. He is still saying that you are the best teacher he's ever had, but I am personally disappointed with your support of Prop 30. That prop is one of the reasons why we are closing CA businesses and moving them to other states. I know a few people who have moved away from CA to TX and FL just because of November 6th results.

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