Republican Ideas Adopted in State Budget Draft include Gas Tax Holiday, Wildfire Prevention, Business Assistance

Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s 2022-23 budget proposal:  

“The governor likes to thank his fellow Democrats for ideas that originated within the Republican Caucus – but Californians see through that political gamesmanship. This budget includes many commonsense Republican requests such as a gas tax holiday, wildfire prevention and forest management, reversing tax increases on businesses, and helping keep business doors open, but so much more needs to be done.

“Senate Republicans worked effectively with former Governor Jerry Brown on bi-partisan solutions and we stand ready to work with Governor Newsom when he chooses to govern collaboratively to the benefit of all Californians.”

Senate Republicans called on the governor to prioritize several areas in the budget. View the letter here. Successful Republican requests include:

  • √ Gas tax holiday                             
  • √ Investment in wildfire prevention 
  • √ Helping local government combat retail theft                
  • √ Tax relief for job creators

“Since Newsom is so focused on ‘reimaging the future,’ he should take a better look at building water storage, improving the quality of life for everyday Californians, and analyzing why his spending on homelessness has failed,” said Wilk. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature to ensure good ideas remain in this budget and the challenges are addressed.”