RUSH FOR GOVERNOR
My message of hope reaches to the core of the California dream: a vibrant economy for cities and communities all across the state. Every city has been hurting under California’s budget crisis, and that is why I will provide relief for the financially-strapped homeowner, jobs for the unemployed skilled worker, and aid for public education.
My comprehensive economic plan provides answers that directly translates into a reasonably immediate budget surplus, aid for schools and community emergency services like firefighters and police, monies to fix crumbling infrastructure and transportation, careful planning to promote sensible economic development while conserving water needs, as well as reduction of pollution, the homeless, and gang related crime that is even pushing out into smaller communities. These measures will help to make the downward trend more shallow, to keep the economy from “crashing” (See Economics 101). So, I am ’Rushing’ to the aid of Californians with my plan for the Economy, Environment, and Education. I have affectionately called this plan the “Big-E.”
Join us on Tuesday, 22 September 2009 from 12:45 to 1:30 and meet San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, candidate for governor of California. We will meet up in twitter @ #ttnewsom. The mayor has agreed to chat for forty five minutes, however we encourage CCWC members and Newsom supporters to come early and stay late.
Thanks for taking the time mayor, we look forward to getting to know more about your vision for the future of California.
CCWC welcomes all candidates to meet our members and to share ideas on how best to fix Sacramento. If you would like to schedule a twitter talk, then let us know and we set a date.
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Tagged 2/3 rule, Budget Fiasco, California Governor Race 2010, California Politics, Democratic Party, Economy, Environment, Gavin Newsom, Prop 13, Prop. 8
California’s Fiscal Crisis: The Legacy of Proposition 13
By KEVIN O’LEARY / LOS ANGELES Saturday, Jun. 27, 2009
And at the root of California’s misery lies Proposition 13, the anti-tax measure that ignited the Reagan Revolution and the conservative era. In Washington, the Reagan-Bush era is over. But in California, the conservative legacy lives on.
Before Prop 13, in the ’50s and ’60s, California was a liberal showcase. Governors Earl Warren and Pat Brown responded to the population growth of the postwar boom with a massive program of public infrastructure — the nation’s finest public college system, the freeway system, and the state aqueduct which carries water from the well-watered north to the parched south. When Ronald Reagan was governor he actually raised taxes. Then Proposition 13 shot the tires out of Pat Brown’s liberal state. Liberal legislative leaders such as Willie Brown and John Burton jerryrigged repairs and kept the damaged vehicle running for 30 years. Now Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger says there is no choice but to complete the demolition by slashing essential services.
Proposition 13 was the brainchild of the late Howard Jarvis. The anti-tax crusader was a policy genius not unlike Franklin D. Roosevelt. Both shared an affinity for designing deep structural change that, once embedded in the political system, is nearly impossible to alter without a massive change of heart by voters. Social Security is the lasting legacy of the New Deal era because FDR understood that workers who contribute payroll tax deductions from their paychecks would not want politicians tinkering with their retirement dollars. Conservatives have mounted assaults on Social Security through the years but to no avail.
Jarvis created a similarly impregnable institution. When he rode the wave of anger over skyrocketing property tax assessments to pass Proposition 13 in 1978, he included a two-thirds vote requirement for the passage of any new taxes in California — an insurmountable obstacle built on populist allergy to any kind of new levy. Beholden to a tax-averse electorate, the state’s liberals and moderates have attempted to live with Proposition 13 while continuing to provide the state services Californians expect — freeways, higher education, locking up felons, assisting needy families, and, very importantly, essential funding to local government and school districts that vanished after the anti-tax measure passed.
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