Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) today issued the following statement regarding the Democrat majority-vote budget bill:
“Budgets are about priorities. I agree with the belief that we should be philanthropic to the working families who struggle to make ends meet. I agree that we should care about working poor who can’t afford healthcare. That’s why I find it morally wrong to raise taxes on working men and women in order to give free healthcare to individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 who are in this country illegally.
“California has serious problems we need to address. Even though we are the 5th largest economy in the world, there are still over 130,000 people who go to sleep every night in their cars, on our streets or in our limited homeless shelters. The fact that nearly 11,000 of these people are veterans is unforgivable – especially when the Legislature appears ready to give nearly $100 Million to free healthcare for those in the country illegally.
“Government’s first priority is public safety. Its next priority is to help those citizens who can’t help themselves. My concern about this budget is that it rewards those who are here illegally and punishes those who have played by the rules and still can’t seem to get any relief from the Democrat majority,” concluded Stone.
In his final remarks, Senator Stone commented, “We all want people to be able to live the American dream. Unfortunately, the Democrat majority seems to believe the dream is having taxpayers pay for free stuff for everyone instead of everyone becoming taxpayers.”
Jeff Stone represents California’s 28th Senate District. The district, which is entirely in Riverside County, stretches from the vineyards of the Temecula Valley to the Colorado River and includes the cities of Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Temecula, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Wildomar.