Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen's response to Gov. Jerry Brown's budget veto ("Area state legislators react to budget veto," June 17, Page A-11) attempts to portray her as a champion of education and public safety, but the facts tell a different story. According to the "Roadmap for No Tax Increase Budget," the Republican plan offers only $3.2 billion in cuts. but the remaining deficit is about three times that amount.
Unfortunately, the road map does not get us where we need to go. To claim that the Republican plan will save us from making deep cuts in education and public safety is misleading and disingenuous. The Republicans need to stop playing politics with the budget crisis. Their road map is really a road block to finding a solution. It's time for them to acknowledge that the Democrats have stepped up and made substantial cuts, and now it's their turn to step up to the plate. They should allow Brown the opportunity to fulfill one of his campaign pledges and let the voters decide on extending tax increases.