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Senator Nielsen Cautions on Projected $21 Billion Surplus

Jan 21, 2022 12:00AM ● By Office of Senator Jim Nielsen

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) – Senator Jim Nielsen, R-Red Bluff, issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s proposed 2022-23 State Budget:

“Governor Newsom needs to wake up on water storage. There is an urgent need to fully-fund and immediately build large above-ground water storage projects like Sites Reservoir, and his proposed budget falls billions of dollars short. Groundwater recharge and conservation, while important, simply aren’t enough.

“As the state continues to face devastating wildfires that destroy lives, property and wildlife, the governor’s budget proposes $1.2 billion for forest health and fire prevention. Republicans have advocated for these efforts for decades. I’m glad that the Governor is slowly coming around on prevention, though much more needs to be done.

“Dangerous people are not in custody and the people of California don’t feel safe. This budget proposal takes a few steps but doesn’t sufficiently address the need to support law enforcement.

“The state budget has a $21 billion surplus, so there’s no reason to not provide enough money to fund these critical priorities.” 

Watch Senator Nielsen’s video clips:

Visit to the Senate Republican’s letter to Governor Newsom outlining their critical budget priorities.

Elected to the State Senate in January 2013, Senator Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba. To contact Senator Jim Nielsen, please call him at 916-651-4004, or via email at [email protected]. Follow him @CASenatorJim.