In response to the Democrat state restructuring proposal, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said the legislature needs to stop digging a deeper hole. “The state can raise revenues, generate jobs and growth by eliminating bureaucracy and unnecessary programs — not increasing taxes or shifting the unfunded burden to the counties,” he said. “What’s needed is the ELIMINATION of unfunded mandates, consolidation or elimination of state departments and agencies along with reducing the large number of legislative committees, subcommittees and select committees.
“The legislature also continues to turn a blind eye to eliminating top heavy management and reforming our antiquated civil service rules,” he said. “The smoke and mirrors that future federal health reform savings will be used to fund state programs the counties will be responsible for, is another fantasy. Once again the Democrats have failed to recognize that the while the wheel is spinning, the hamster is DEAD.”