As lawmakers and the governor struggle to forge consensus on solutions to close California’s remaining $15.4 billion budget deficit, one thing is clear. Savings and sacrifices must be made in every area of state spending if we are going to make any real progress in balancing the budget.

Just as local governments and schools, working families and employers alike are being asked to do with less and incur some very painful cuts, state government must be prepared to do the same.

As a matter of principle, Assembly Republicans believe that the state must, too, do its part to close our budget deficit. At a time when education and public safety have already faced cuts, state government must also sacrifice and absorb its fair share of budget cuts. That includes asking public employees to continue to contribute to a fiscally responsible budget solution.

Unfortunately to date, Sacramento Democrats have resisted any serious attempt to make savings in state government operations.

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