California is in the midst of a $20-billion deficit and a record 12.5% unemployment rate. The criminal recidivism rate has reached an astounding 70%, and at the same time, Democrats are calling for the early release of prisoners back into our communities. The number of undocumented aliens and associated costs in California continue to soar, yet enforcement of state and federal immigration laws has never been more lax. Fostering job creation and ensuring public safety are among the most critical functions of state government and should be legislative priorities, especially given the dire straits in which California finds itself.
Apparently, more important issues need resolving than the state budget, record unemployment and immigration reform. Case in point is Senate Bill 1317, which would impose a stiff fine and/or send parents to jail for up to a year if their kindergarten through eighth-grader misses too much school. Or take Senate Bill 880, which would impose a fine on skiers and snowboarders younger than 18 for not wearing a proper helmet. Better yet, Senate Bill 1210 would levy an excise tax of a penny per teaspoon of added sugar in soda and other sweetened beverages in order to combat adult and childhood obesity.