Taft's two state representatives, Senator Jean Fuller Assemblywoman Shannon Grove both released statements in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2013 State of the State address.
Here is Grove's reaction:
“The Governor just saluted public employee unions and thanked them for the millions of dollars they poured into passing the Prop. 30 tax hike last fall. Where’s the Governor’s shout-out to the small businesses whose pockets they all just raided again? Californians now pay the highest taxes in the nation because of Prop. 30, and our state’s competitiveness in keeping and attracting job creators is suffering.
“I trust that the voters won’t continue to fall for the Democrats’ convoluted logic that if California has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, the answer lies in taking more money from working people and giving it to the bureaucrats in Sacramento to spend on themselves.
“Brown keeps touting his ‘balanced’ budget, but his numbers are based on revenues gained from $50 billion dollars’ worth of higher taxes. He and the supermajority may think that they can tax away pension liabilities and the state’s other IOUs, but California’s challenges will only be resolved when we create a better business climate so people can get back to work.”
This is how Fuller reacted:
“Governor Brown was given a reprieve by California voters last Fall and a rare opportunity to work across the aisle to find meaningful and long-term solutions to the state’s most challenging problems. While I am encouraged that the Governor highlighted the critical needs of water infrastructure, education, job creation and CEQA reform, we should be watchful for any real progress and improvements. And in the other areas of the Governor’s Address, from implementing a new federal health care law to climate change to high-speed rail, it’s important to note that over-spending on these projects will not result in any immediate economic benefit.”