Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (Yuba City) issued the following statement on the beginning of Gov. Newsom’s second term:
“California needs a new direction. In Gov. Newsom’s first term, homelessness and crime exploded, utility bills and gas prices have skyrocketed, California’s water crisis deepened, students struggled in failing schools and wildfires continued to destroy our forests and towns.
“Now that California is facing a massive budget shortfall, these crises will only get worse unless the governor changes course and focuses on the issues facing ourstate. Texas and Florida are doing just fine on their own, and welcoming more Californians escaping our problems each day.
“Assembly Republicans have made the California Promise to fight homelessness, ensure a reliable water supply, prevent wildfires, stand up for students and parents, bring down the cost of living and protect our communities. We hope the governor will join us in working to achieve those goals.”