San Diego area Republican Assemblyman Martin Garrick started his new job a few days ago.
Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley recently spoke with Garrick at his Capitol office.
Garrick says he’s open to changing how the governor and legislative leaders—known as the “Big Five”—negotiate the budget.
He also says Republicans will push to reduce spending to cope with the state’s financial crisis...
Garrick replaces Assemblymember Sam Blakeslee who terms out later this year.
Next month, Democrat John Perez takes over as the next Assembly Speaker.
And, in the Senate, Bob Dutton will be sworn in as the new republican leader this summer.