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Think Local First” Campaign Pushes To Keep Sales Tax Revenue In Local Communities

Evening Edition

Aired 7/30/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Debra Rosen, President and CEO, San Diego North Chamber of Commerce

Ryan Stevens, Owner, Replica Printing


One way to boost revenues for the cities in San Diego County is to get residents and businesses to spend their dollars locally.

That's the idea behind a new initiative called Think Local First. The push, promoted by a number of chambers of commerce and supported by a group of San Diego politicians, encourages residents to hire and contract services locally to keep sales tax revenues in San Diego County.

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David Lucero | July 30, 2013 at 4:18 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

This is a great article on why and how we can promote business in our neighborhood and community. I met with Michael Meacham who works for the City of Chula Vista, and he arranged for an event at our store in Eastlake Design District (our store is Pacific Sales). This has helped bring community awareness for our business unit in ways that go beyond words of appreciation. Remember, when you buy local you are keeping your community alive and well!

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Derek | July 30, 2013 at 7:42 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Nice idea, but let's make it even more local: prohibit sales tax revenue (in fact, *all* tax revenue) from leaving the San Diego neighborhood that generated it. Why should poor people living in high density areas have to subsidize wealthier people living in low density areas?

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