SACRAMENTO — State Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) and Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), joined by Assemblymembers Diane Harkey (R-Laguna Niquel) and Chris Norby (R-Fullerton), introduced a bill (ABX1 36) today that would overturn a provision in the recently signed budget bill (SB 89) that reneges on a pledge by the state to provide Orange County with $48 million in vehicle license fees.
They issued the following statements:
“Some in the Capitol all of a sudden seemed to think these funds were up for grabs. But that is not the case. The state pledged revenue through vehicle license fees to the County while it pays off its remaining debt from its 1994 bankruptcy in lieu of property taxes. That has not changed. While the County is out of bankruptcy, it’s still paying off refinanced bankruptcy debts.” Assemblyman Jose Solorio
“Claiming that refinancing the bankruptcy debt changes the state’s commitment to Orange County is ludicrous. Orange County would never have jeopardized a funding stream so essential to its overall budget. We need to get that funding back.” Assemblywoman Diane Harkey
“The $48 million state budget cut to Orange County could jeopardize the County’s ability to borrow funds and could unravel the balanced budget approved by the Board of Supervisors just minutes before this budget item came to light. It is only fair that Orange County gets that money back.” Assemblyman Chris Norby
“Orange County Taxpayers should not have to bear the brunt of this budget grab. I am pleased to join with my fellow members of the Orange County delegation in a united effort to fix this injustice.” Senator Lou Correa
Assemblywoman Harkey is Vice Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. She represents the 73rd Assembly District, which includes the communities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Oceanside, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.
Assemblyman Norby is Vice Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. He represents the 72nd Assembly District which includes the cities of Anaheim, Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, Orange, Placentia and Yorba Linda.
Senator Correa is Chair of the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. He represents the 34th Senate District which includes the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.
Assemblyman Jose Solorio is the Chair of the Assembly Insurance Committee and serves on the Assembly Appropriations and Transportation committees. He represents the Sixty-Ninth Assembly District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana.