For all their claims of fiscal responsibility Republican elected officials, from the Board of Supervisors to the state legislative delegation, have demonstrated that ideological arrogance is a one way street to disaster. The victims of these disasters are the taxpayers of Orange County and, more directly, the taxpayers who rely on county services for support.
by Chris Prevatt • • 6 Comments
“The fact of the matter is that Orange County has been short-changed for years. We send much more money to Sacramento than we get back – I believe we’re entitled to the new property tax money that Orange County decided to keep.”
by Chris Prevatt • • 1 Comment
Orange County School District officials and State officials are upset over the Orange County Board of Supervisors response to the stalled negotiations to return the $48 million in VLF fees that were swiped to fund the Governor’s budget balancing plan.
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H/T to Jennifer Muir over at Total Buzz. According to County Finance Director Frank Kim, the impact on the county budget could be as much as $93 million and that does not count cuts to health and social services programs.…
by Michael D. Fox • • 9 Comments
If youâ€™re happy that Rush Limbaugh has been giving headaches to Republican leaders trying to find a popular political stance for their shrinking party, youâ€™ll be thrilled to hear about the migraines that a conservative-libertarian talk radio duo named John…
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On this morningâ€™s radio talk shows, following the early morning passage of Californiaâ€™s budget, Democratic legislators have finally taken up the political fight against the Republicans and are urging revision of the stateâ€™s dysfunctional budget process. This is a budget the GOP can be proud of, because itâ€™s a profoundly conservative budget. Because they hold a conservative veto over it. And they get the best of both worlds – they donâ€™t have to vote for the budget en masse so they donâ€™t have to own it. In short, the hijacking worked. This is the most important issue facing California â€“ and itâ€™s time for a change.
by Michael D. Fox • • 11 Comments
Since the proposed budget is bad (too many cuts in the wrong places), why should Democrats support it? Why isnâ€™t the state Democratic Party telling the voters that this disaster has been caused by the Republicans? Why are the Democrats not seizing the ideological moment by calling this budget disaster a Republican disaster? We ought to insist now on a budget that is fair â€” and if that fails, we ought to go to the voters and tell them that the Republicans have caused their state government to fail.
Only then will we have the chance to get real change in California.