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SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wilk, R-Antelope Valley, issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown's 2018-19 Budget Proposal:

"I thank Governor Brown for his commitment to building a strong budget reserve and will work with him to protect it from raids by legislative democrats.

The majority party in Sacramento continues to make impractical decisions on how the rest of us should live. They prioritize the so-called bullet train over building roads, they coddle criminals over protecting families, they over-regulate business at the expense of jobs and they have an insatiable appetite for more taxpayer dollars.

The LAO has projected a $7.5 billion budget surplus providing us an opportunity to begin addressing our challenges. I look forward to a robust discussion with my colleagues on the Senate Budget Committee as to how these additional taxpayer dollars can be used to bolster our rainy-day fund, pay down debt, maximize education funding and grow our economy."