Local Assemblywoman Says Party Line Killed Her "Responsible Budgeting" Bill

“Requiring more accountability on how taxpayer’s dollars are spent should not be a partisan issue," Melendez said.

The following was submitted for publication by the office of Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez:

Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, announced Wednesday her bill Assembly Bill 2456, to increase more accountability in budgeting, died in the Assembly Health Committee.


“It is disappointing to see my colleagues across the aisle playing party politics with responsible budgeting legislation,” said Melendez. “Requiring more accountability on how taxpayer’s dollars are spent should not be a partisan issue.”


AB 2456 would require Covered California to annually submit to the Department of Finance and the Legislative Analyst’s Office a complete and detailed performance-based budget so that it may be analyzed and included in the Governor’s Budget.


“The Legislature has a responsibility to ensure that the public has access to relevant and timely information regarding public programs,” Melendez said.“Unfortunately, there is no requirement in state law that mandates the annual budget and operations of Covered California to go through this process.”


Assembly Bill 2456 had no registered opposition and was supported by the National Federation of Independent Business and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. It died on 13 to 6 party line vote.


Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez represents the 67th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar and a portion of Hemet. It also includes the Riverside County unincorporated areas of Lake Mathews, Good Hope, Nuevo, and Winchester.

LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT May 01, 2014 at 01:49 PM
If there was proof of citizenship required Phil Paule would have been elected as our Assemblyman for the 67th District. Phil Paule would have done a great job for us and he probably would have gotten things accomplished for us in Sacramento. I am tired of Melendez blaming others for her failures in the Assembly and in my humble opinion I believe she was a failure on the L.E. City Council.
Paul Jacobs May 01, 2014 at 02:21 PM
Sad to see the partisan card played again. Assemblyperson Melendez is able to get legislation through http://blog.pe.com/political-empire/2014/04/30/. The defeated legislation to gum up California's Affordable Care Act failed for the partisan ploy it is.
A Humanist May 01, 2014 at 04:09 PM
It's so unbelievable to see and hear Ms. Melendez blame the other side for her failure to successfully legislate. Who is she going to blame for the $200,000 of Lake Elsinore taxpayer money she squandered on her Veteran Memorial project. She led the project and with support of the other council members and decided to disregard the city legal council's advice. They disregarded their oath of office and proceeded with a clear violation of the first amendment of both the California and the United States Constitutions. Who is paying back that money? And why was there no apology. All we got was a statement by Natasha Johnson acknowledging the settlement but that they believed they were still right and the court was wrong. Who led the charge of hubris that gave them the arrogance to proceed? How much of that $200000 dollars could have provided care to homeless, after school programs for kids at risk, or meals for seniors?
Rae Anne Resident May 01, 2014 at 04:29 PM
once a city counselman is elected they get to do what ever they want. thats why we voted out a woman in Wildomar that did a horrifiable job as counselman. to this day she is the only one voted out and it wasnt because she did a good job.
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT May 01, 2014 at 04:54 PM
That's the truth who is Melendez going to blame for the $200,000.00 she helped the city waste on a law suit which was going fail from the start? Of yeah, that's right she had a political life which she had to look after and so in my humble opinion she just threw away our hard earned tax payer money. Remember what Melendez said about homeless people possibly getting housing in Tuscany Hills? This is paraphrased and what I can remember she said NOT IN TUSCANY HILLS!!!


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