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Breaking Down the Democrats’ Majority-Vote Budget


Aired 6/15/11

The spending plan put forth by legislative Democrats Wednesday doesn’t include the governor’s proposed tax extensions. Instead, it uses a mix of other solutions to fill that $10 billion gap.

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The first thing you might notice if this budget passes is what happens to your sales tax. It's supposed to drop by a full percent at the end of this month, barring an extension. But the Democrats' plan uses something called the "single flip" to hang on to a quarter of that percent.

The spending plan also includes some new cuts. For example:

  • Three billion dollars less for K-12 education, which matches what the governor proposed back in January.
  • $150 million reductions to the UC and CSU systems.
  • And a $200 million cut to the courts.

The universities and courts already took big hits back in March.

Other solutions include relying on unexpected revenues and a renewed effort to seize $1.7 billion from California's redevelopment agencies. And it also includes what's being called the "Amazon tax," a measure requiring online retailers to collect sales tax.

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HarryStreet | June 15, 2011 at 5:43 p.m. ― 5 years, 8 months ago

Collecting new taxes of any kind is not the answer. Our government will still find a way to be broke this time next year. Look at the malicious, inexcusable spending habits they've demonstrated over the years.

Police and firefighter overtime pay and pension benefits, health care benefits and bonuses for government employees, what the FBI spends on office supplies alone, what the military spends on weapons outdated, military bases still open in parts of the country that have no basis other than to keep the local economy running.

The government at all levels needs to work with what they've got. None of us can afford more taxes. The good-paying jobs have been diminished as it is.

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