BILL NUMBER: SB 898 VETOED DATE: 09/13/2016 To the Members of the California State Senate: I am returning the following seven bills without my signature: Assembly Bill 717 Assembly Bill 724 Assembly Bill 1561 Assembly Bill 2127 Assembly Bill 2728 Senate Bill 898 Senate Bill 907 Each of these bills creates a new tax break or expands an existing tax break. In total, these bills would reduce revenues by about $300 million through 2017-18. As I said last year, tax breaks are the same as new spending -- they both cost the General Fund money. As such, they must be considered during budget deliberations so that all spending proposals are weighed against each other at the same time. This is even more important when the state's budget remains precariously balanced. Therefore, I cannot sign these measures. Sincerely, Edmund G. Brown Jr.