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Assemblyman Tim Donnelly announces his run for California governor in Baldwin Park. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / November 5, 2013)

By Seema Mehta
January 22, 2014, 12:36 p.m.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican candidate for governor, said Wednesday that Gov. Jerry Brown should return any budget surplus to taxpayers rather than increase spending, because voters approved temporary tax increases in 2012 to shore up the state’s finances.

“If Jerry Brown has a surplus, he should return it to the people he took it from — the people of California,” Donnelly said in a written statement. “Instead, he’s giving pay increases to union members while leaving regular, hardworking taxpayers out to dry.”

The Twin Peaks lawmaker was responding to Brown’s State of the State speech, in which the governor laid out his accomplishments of the past year, notably turning a deficit into a surplus.

Donnelly said Brown’s speech whitewashed difficulties faced by Californians and painted an inaccurate picture of his gubernatorial record in order to boost a widely anticipated reelection bid.

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