Escondido, CA

Open for business?

Governor Newsom’s May revised budget projection for the coming Fiscal Year shows that the $21 billion surplus we had has become a $54 billion deficit in our state budget!

The economic activity that generates tax revenues supporting state programs has collapsed because of Covid-19. We are now in a serious recession, with unemployment levels greater than those of the Great Depression.  It is imperative that we safely open up our economy to reduce the hit on our economic outlook and help Californians recover.

I’ve joined a group of western state leaders asking the federal government to provide funding to help make up this shortfall and support public safety, local governments, schools, hospitals and Medi-Cal. Unlike the federal government, California cannot print its own money. State tax revenues have decreased, while the demand for state services, including unemployment insurance, has increased exponentially. 

Safety is essential.  We’ve learned a lot over the past months, and protocols like social distancing have allowed essential businesses to remain open. Thousands of customers safely visit local big box-stores each week; there’s no reason those same protocols can’t be used by smaller businesses with far fewer customers.

A regional approach is best as local county health authorities should make the call. Many businesses have learned to think outside the box, and they should be given the chance to open safely. We’ve been saying we’re all in this together, but in thousands of cases, small businesses have been forced to carry the heaviest burden.  

From public safety (fire season is upon us) to education, from highway funding and Medi-Cal to programs for the elderly, the disabled and handicapped, all state programs are facing disastrous cuts. The social costs of allowing our shutdown to become a depression are incalculable. By using caution and the lessons we’ve all learned, California’s economy can safely reopen.

Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center and Vista.

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One response to “Open for business?”

  1. Randy Molho says:

    I understand the situation in California as I have lived in So. Cal my entire life of 75 years. To say that the Corona Virus is the cause of California’s financial problems seems a bit disingenuous. California, because of ridiculous public employee pensions and uncontrolled borders and subsequent spending in that regard he has had us on this collision course for a long time and we would have eventually arrived at this point, Corona Virus or no Corona Virus. Until our elected officials finally decide that it is time to enact some type of pension reform we will be stuck in this situation forever. Many of us so overburdened with taxation are out here actually weighing what would be the best solution going forward including considering letting the state go bankrupt. I fully know what that would mean for the state and my family but it is a definite possibility seeing how many great businesses and entrepreneurs are leaving the state running from the tidal wave of taxes and fees that are heading our way in the future, including the incremental dismantling of Prop 13. I leave you out of the guilty group responsible for California’s problems as I know you are and have been bucking high headwinds of labor unions and trial lawyers that are destroying a once beautiful, prosperous state. My friends and colleagues are hoping against hope that we can last until people will start realizing that there is no free ride and consider a different path at the ballot box. Keep fighting for us Marie!

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