Republican legislative leaders on Tuesday said Gov.
Democrats said the budget does not spend enough on social service programs cut in the past.
"The rainy-day piece is important,” said Assembly Republican leader
"I believe I understand what the governor is trying to do, but if you don't have money, you don't have money," Conway said.
"I'm glad that he's still calling for fiscal austerity, although this isn't really an austere budget, considering it's $12 billion more than last year's general fund," Huff said.
The governor "deserves credit because he's created a prudent and responsible framework to deal with a very difficult budget this year,” said Assemblyman
He said one challenge would be the "huge spike in healthcare spending for the state."
Gorell predicted difficult negotiations between Democratic legislative leaders and the governor.
"There's going to be a clear conflict between the Legislature and the governor — the governor being more fiscally prudent and the Legislature wanting to spend more on pet projects and programs," Gorell said.
Gorell disagreed with the governor's proposal to spend money from the cap-and-trade program on the high-speed rail system. "The governor continues to focus money from the carbon tax auction to the high-speed rail project, and it's an inappropriate and probably unconstitutional use of those resources," Gorell said. "The governor needs to give up on high speed rail."
Senate Budget Committee Chairman
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) signaled that legislative Democrats will question some assumptions about revenue and costs, and seek to put more money into programs cut in the past.
"I think there is a lot to talk about," Steinberg said. "It's a status quo budget."
"All the concepts about rainy days funds and paying down debt are sound but there is also a lot of unmet need in California and a lot of important investments," Steinberg said. "I want to talk about some of the different dynamics and assumptions that he makes in his May revision that I think will form the basis of a good discussion in the next couple of weeks."
Meanwhile, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye said the governor’s budget was “encouraging because it identifies additional funding
recognizes the need for fiscal stability with a creative proposal for a two-year budgeting formula for the trial courts.”