Cali Dems promise their new majority will get results

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

A Republican leader believes California Democrats won't prove they can fix the state's budget problems, improve education or implement healthcare reform.

On Monday, California Democrats said they have no more excuses now that the party dominates the state legislature. Lawmakers kicked off a new legislative session with Democrats as the supermajority, which marks the first time in over 100 years.

Since Democrats are no longer restrained by Republican opposition, lawmakers say the party is now responsible to deliver. Democrats say they will focus on changes needed to implement ObamaCare in The Golden State and on education reform and will consider more taxes later on. 

Los Angeles County GOP chair, Mark Viafiades, believes that based on past results, Democrats will not be able to fulfill their promises.

Vafiades, Mark (GOP of Los Angeles County)"With all the money the Democrats have spent in California on education, it has not done anything to improve the system -- and with healthcare, it's same thing," he says.

Viafiades adds that the agenda Democrats have for the state will not work, and he predicts they will not be able to prove they can fix the struggling state economy.

"They are going more off of an agenda rather than off of sound economic policy," he tells OneNewsNow. "Everything that the Democrats have done lately has been at the expense of businesses and the working people. Businesses are just flying out of California at a very fast rate. It's just making it impossible for businesses to stay and thrive in California."

Some Democrats say they want to reign in some of the more liberal members of their party to avoid a backlash. The state's Democratic governor also said he will restrain some of the more liberal members of his party.

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