SOURCE: League of California Cities

League of California Cities

February 19, 2009 14:35 ET

League of California Cities: Statement on Passage of State Budget

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - February 19, 2009) - The League of California Cities today issued the following statement regarding passage of the state budget:

The League of California Cities congratulates Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state legislators for having passed a difficult budget, in difficult times and under difficult circumstances.

City officials understand very well the magnitude of the challenge facing the state. Faced as they are with their own budget challenges, cities from one end of the state to the other have been cutting back on core services and staff, including in some instances public safety budgets.

As a result, we recognize that this was a very difficult budget for our state leaders to negotiate. They faced enormous challenges: declining revenues, an on-going imbalance between revenues and budgeted expenditures, and the complications of our own state constitutional constraints.

Voting for this budget was difficult for legislators on both sides of the aisle. But it was a necessary vote to bring both certainty and closure to Californians. Passage of this budget compromise helps ensure that California is better positioned to participate with the federal government in re-investing in our people and our infrastructure.

City officials can now proceed with a greater certainty about managing their own resources, and solving their own fiscal problems without the immediate risk that the state will deepen the local fiscal problems by taking local revenues. We thank the Governor and our legislators for their hard work, and for their leadership.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Megan Taylor
    (916) 705-6679

    1400 K Street, Suite 400
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Phone: (916) 658-8200
    Fax: (916) 658-8240
    www.cacities.org