For Immediate Release
May 14, 2008
Contact: Brian Heaton
CELSOC Applauds Governor’s Budget Revise
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The following statement regarding Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s May
Budget Revise was released today by Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California
(CELSOC) Executive Director Paul Meyer:
“CELSOC applauds Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for developing creative responses to
California’s massive budget deficit. In preparing the May Revise, the Governor faced an
extraordinarily difficult situation with no easy answers.
“The Governor deserves credit for crafting a state budget that includes resourceful new ideas for
addressing the deficit. Without such innovations as creating a multi-year revenue stream from the
modernization of the California Lottery and enacting a budget stabilization act, the state budget
cuts would be much worse than those proposed.
“In addition, Governor Schwarzenegger developed a budget that does not mandate permanent tax
increases. With California’s economy already hurting, increasing the tax burden would only chase
more jobs out of state, slow the recovery and retard new job creation.
“Just as in other areas of the budget, the May Revise cuts some funding for needed infrastructure
projects. However, the Governor strongly supports public-private partnerships, design-build and
other project financing and delivery techniques that can help offset the loss of traditional funding.
We look forward to working with the administration and the Legislature to make those needed
reforms a reality.”
CELSOC is a statewide association representing 1,200 private consulting engineering and land
surveying firms that average 20 employees each. CELSOC is dedicated to enhancing the
consulting engineering and land surveying professions, protecting the general public and
promoting the use of the private sector in the growth and development of our state. Its members
provide services for all phases of pla