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  • zenlife1
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    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 27, 2002
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      Dear Friends,
      >
      > We need to change the leadership in the California
      > Governors office and legislative office. All of us working
      > families cannot afford anymore TAXES.
      >
      > Let's vote for change and encourage our friends to vote for
      > change.
      >
      > Look at the mess we are in with the budget.....see
      > below....
      > Let's support the "rally" for NO NEW TAXES.
      >
      > And let's spread the word about our budget crisis! Senator
      > Ray Haynes makes a strong point and we must let everyone we
      > know what is really happening in Sacramento.
      >
      > We need change !
      >
      > -Araceli Gonzalez
      > Candidate for State Senate
      > District 34 - Orange County
      > (714) 758-9117
      > Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton
      > Garden Grove, Santa Ana,
      > Stanton and Westminster
      > -.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.
      >
      > MONDAY MORNING MEMORANDUM
      > By Senator Ray Haynes
      > June 17, 2002
      >
      > Fixing the Budget Without Taxes
      >
      > When Governor Davis sent his May Revision of the budget
      > to the
      > Legislature, attempting to solve the $24 billion deficit he
      > created
      > with
      > lots of new taxes and lots of borrowing, he put forth a
      > challenge. He
      > said-"If anyone has a better budget, I'm willing to look at
      > it." He
      > attributed the current problem to a drop in state revenue
      > that was not
      > predicted and without precedent.
      > Since 1998, the state experienced an unprecedented
      > increase in
      > spending, which followed an unprecedented increase in
      > revenue. This
      > year's
      > drop in revenue, however, was predicted. In fact, last
      > year, right
      > after
      > this budget was passed, I wrote "...make no mistake, the
      > budget just
      > passed
      > by the Legislature and signed by the Governor is a disaster
      > in the
      > making...it resulted in a $6 - 10 billion deficit." The
      > deficit, for
      > this
      > year, is $11 billion.
      > I could gloat, and tell the Governor "I told you so,"
      > and make no
      > proposals to solve this year's problem. I proposed a
      > solution to avoid
      > this
      > problem, and no one listened. Why do I think anyone would
      > listen this
      > year?
      > Well, hope springs eternal, and so I thought I would set
      > out a solution
      > that
      > could work. Actually, I have alternative solutions, one
      > that will
      > solve the
      > current crisis in three years, and one that will take five
      > years.
      > Neither
      > solution will require one dime in new taxes, but they do
      > require some
      > form
      > of spending restraint, which is probably why neither will
      > be adopted.
      > Total revenue next year, excluding borrowing and new
      > taxes is
      > predicted to be $69.6 billion. This year's revenue will
      > total $66
      > billion.
      > Of course, our problem is that this year, the state spent
      > $77 billion.
      > Hence our $11 billion problem. The two solutions are set
      > forth below:
      >
      > (1) The first solution requires people to refresh their
      > memory a
      > little.
      > Think back to 1998. Was the California government so bad
      > back then?
      > Were
      > women and children dying and suffering from lack of
      > government
      > spending?
      > Not really. If all non-education spending was rolled back
      > to 1998
      > levels,
      > that is, if we got rid of the 47,000 new employees we've
      > authorized
      > since
      > 1998, and rolled back our state government spending growth
      > in welfare
      > entitlements and new "health care" spending and
      > entitlements, plus
      > ended the
      > huge growth in new regulations since 1998, we could roll
      > back spending
      > next
      > year to $66.5 billion. That would create a $3 billion
      > surplus next
      > year.
      > Freeze non-education spending again in the two years
      > following the
      > upcoming
      > budget years, and the state can pay off the entire $11
      > billion budget
      > deficit created this year, and have about a $1 billion
      > surplus in
      > budget
      > year plus two;
      >
      > (2) Solution two says freeze all non-education spending at
      > this year's
      > level. No one gets cut, but, if we do that, we don't start
      > running
      > surpluses until budget year plus three, and we don't pay
      > off the debt
      > created by this three years' worth of deficits until budget
      > year plus
      > five.
      > Three years of deficits is not a pleasant thing to
      > contemplate, but
      > this
      > solution avoids making cuts to anyone. It does freeze
      > spending for
      > everyone, however, for five years.
      >
      > The budget submitted by Governor Davis is predicted to have
      > deficits
      > for at
      > least six years, with no provision for paying off those
      > deficits, even
      > with
      > the tax increases. These proposals have the benefit of
      > limiting the
      > deficits to a year certain, and eliminating the debt before
      > the end of
      > the
      > next Governor's term. I prefer solution one, but either is
      > preferable
      > to
      > the current disaster proposed by the Governor. Maybe this
      > time, he'll
      > listen.
      >
      > (This Memorandum is sent out Monday Mornings, Please feel
      > free to
      > distribute.
      > For information to subscribe to this Memorandum please see
      > the end of
      > the
      > document.)
      >
      >
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      ******
      > **
      >
      > Calling All Taxpayers!
      > Please join us on the North Steps of the
      > State Capitol at 11:30 am on June 29th
      > We must send an urgent message to Governor Davis:
      > California deserves a balanced State Budget with
      > NO NEW TAXES!
      > Over the past three years California's population has grown
      > by about
      > 5%.
      > Governor Davis has increased state spending by 37%! In just
      > two years
      > he
      > turned huge surpluses into a massive $24 BILLION deficit.
      > Now Governor
      > Davis
      > has proposed over $5 BILLION of new taxes, including
      > doubling the car
      > tax!
      > Governor Davis needs to hear our message loud and clear,
      > NO NEW TAXES
      >
      > There are over 1,200 well-paid lobbyists working in
      > Sacramento to
      > increase
      > state spending. There are over 300,000 state employees who
      > want state
      > spending to go up and up. On the other side are millions of
      > taxpaying
      > families who are struggling to balance their own budgets
      > and cannot
      > afford
      > any new taxes. Their voices are seldom heard in Sacramento
      > because they
      > are
      > busy raising those families and working their jobs. This
      > will be a
      > Saturday,
      > so bring the family, bring a picnic and come let your voice
      > be heard.
      > June
      > 29th is OUR opportunity to let the legislators and Governor
      > Davis know
      > what
      > the taxpaying families of California want: NO NEW TAXES!
      >
      > The June 29th "NO NEW TAXES" rally is supported by People's
      > Advocate
      > Inc.,
      > The National Tax Limitation Committee, The Howard Jarvis
      > Taxpayer
      > Association and over 35 other organizations representing
      > the taxpaying
      > families of California. For further information call (916)
      > 451-5660.
      >
      >
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      *****
      >
      >
      > AB 1058 IS NOT DEAD
      >
      > We must not let up our guard even for a moment. This
      > bill,
      > otherwise known as the SUV tax bill, is still lurking in
      > the dark
      > corners of
      > the Capitol. Because of the tremendous opposition from
      > California
      > citizens,
      > the Assembly has not yet brought this bill up for a vote.
      > This is
      > still a
      > possibility. However, more likely, is that the legislature
      > will gut
      > some
      > other bill at the last minute (probably during the last
      > days of session
      > at
      > the end of August), and put this language in, vote it in on
      > the floor
      > of
      > both houses and send it to the Governor in two days or
      > less. No policy
      > hearings will take place. This is the current rumor, and
      > I've seem
      > them do
      > just this sort of thing dozens of times.
      >
      > Probably, the best way to counter this type of proposal
      > is to stay
      > informed, continue to contact your representatives and let
      > them know
      > your
      > sentiments on this very bad bill, and lastly, bombard the
      > Governor's
      > office
      > with opposition so that if it does make it to his desk, he
      > will veto it
      > to
      > keep from having to face the repercussions in an election
      > year.
      > Governor@...
      > (916) 445-2841
      > FAX: (916) 445-4633
      > Governor Gray Davis
      > State Capitol, First Floor
      > Sacramento, CA 95814
      >
      > Remember this bill gives CARB the right to decide how
      > to curb
      > carbon
      > dioxide emmissions and their proposals to do that include:
      >
      > Another 50-cent-per-gallon increase in gasoline
      > taxes.
      > A two-cent tax on every mile driven for all
      > passenger
      > vehicles.
      > A tax of $3,500 on minivans, light duty trucks, and
      > sport
      > utility vehicles
      > to discourage consumers from buying them.
      > Reducing the speed limit state-wide to 55 miles per
      > hour.
      >
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