Hat tip to Heather Pritchard over at The OC Progressive for writing about this first, but the story has taken on new life with intense lobbying of state representative Jose Solorio.Â And its happeningÂ on Facebook.Â
is reviewing budget that a Republican Gov., 2 Republican leaders & 2 Democrat leaders proposed: $15 billion in cuts, $14 billion in taxes, $11 billion in loans.
Now mind you, Republican policies have never paid off for working families or the middle class.Â Ever.Â Working families want great schools, tuition assistance, healthcare, job creation.Â And the only answer Republicans have is tax cuts.
I like what Michael Fox wrote on Jose’s Wall.
Michael David Fox wrote at 3:06pm February 16:
The issue isn’t simply tax increases, as the Republicans claim, it’s the kind of tax increases.
Because the Republicans have sworn an oath to Prop 13 and are unwilling to consider anything but the most regressive tax increases (sales tax, gas tax), no sensible tax increases are possible.
It is because of the Republicans that California has some of the highest sales, gas, and income taxes in the nation.
Again, repeat after me: The REPUBLICAN budget crisis, the REPUBLICAN budget crisis…
Here’s what I wrote on Jose’s Facebook page: Please ask Chuck DeVore to justify the nearly $400 million its going to cost us to stop all those public works projects and then start them up again. Hell, ask any Republican if that’s a smart use of tax dollars. Keep fighting the good fight Jose.
Jon Fleischman writes (with his profile pic in his sherriff’s uniform):
“My friend?”Â Yeah, I’m hoping “my friend” Chuck DeVore will vote for the budget deal, but I’m not holding my breath. What Jon fails to mention are all those tax breaks that big corporations will get as part of this budget deal.Â And Jon fails to mention that the state is going to shell out nearly $400 million to stop work on multiple public works projects and start them up again.Â
Jose doesn’t need friends like these.