Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised budget proposal this morning, a plan that relies on a mixture of tax extensions, new revenue and some cuts to the state bureaucracy to close a projected $9.6 budget deficit and create a $1.2 billion reserve.
Find out what lawmakers and stakeholders are saying about Brown's May revise after the jump. Got something to add? Send your statement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Republican lawmakers and officials:
Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton of Rancho Cucamonga and Senate Budget Vice Chair Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar
Senate Republicans believe Governor Brown is moving in the right direction by making education and law enforcement funding a top priority. We also applaud the governor for embracing Republican proposals of paying down state debt and providing some job-creation incentives.
But the May Revise goes too far on taxes and not far enough on reforms.
Rather than curbing government spending, the governor's revised budget still sets the state on a course of excessive spending growth in the future - spending that relies on tax increases.
With $6.6 billion in new revenues, Republicans are right - we don't need, and it's ridiculous to ask voters for, five years of new taxes.
Clearly the California economy is trying to recover, which makes it critical that the state budget include reforms that Senate Republicans have been seeking from day one - a hard spending cap, pension reform and business-regulation relief.
The Senate Republicans' long-terms solutions provide the stability small businesses need to grow and create jobs.
Sen. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale
"The recent uptick in state tax revenue through increased personal income tax receipts has added an additional $6.6 billion to state accounts. This fact alone shows that putting people back to work in a rebounding economy will do more for the state budget than another tax increase. Apparently these additional funds are an inconvenience to the Democrat tax increase argument, as they underscore that California doesn't need new taxes to solve the budget. Despite increasing revenue and a no-taxes blueprint by Republicans that fully funds education, Democrats still insist on immediate tax hikes to increase spending by $30 billion over the next few years."
Sen. Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach
"Thankfully, California's revenues are picking up so the Governor is able to fully fund schools and start paying down debt. Both are very high priorities to my Republican colleagues and me. I continue to disagree with the Governor's reliance on taxes and am disappointed - not surprised though - that we are not hearing any discussion of the reforms some of my colleagues and I have advocated in meetings with the Governor. By not addressing structural reforms and relying on more taxes, he is just delaying the real work of balancing the budget - like his predecessor. That is something Governor Brown promised he would not do. Higher taxes won't help California, but they could cause businesses to leave and take their jobs with them. Just as California's economy is starting to recover, more taxes would be devastating. We have to shrink the size of government to achieve long-term budget solutions, and that means making some tough choices and tightening our belts."
Sen. Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo,
"With $6.6 billion in unanticipated revenue, cuts to K-12 are now off the table - something that I have been fighting for all year long. This surge in revenue underscores the importance of implementing long overdue structural reforms that prevent future boom-bust budget cycles."
Sen Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet
"It's clear that the Governor shares my belief that we need to protect education and law enforcement and that an all cuts budget was never a reality. It's time to get to work."
Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark
"While Governor Brown's plan is a good start, it is unfortunate the May revision still seeks tax increases- tax increases which are not necessary. Assembly Republicans recently put forth a plan that does not include tax increases and yet still maintains the funding for education and essential services like public safety. We need to live within our means like every family in California is doing and focus on what we will do to put people back to work. With the revelation of the extra $6.6 billion I don't see why any member of the legislature would ever vote to increase taxes on hardworking Californians."
Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville
"Today, the Governor issued a revised May budget that goes too far on taxes and not far enough on reforms. The Governor has proposed increased spending, perpetuating the 'tax, tax, tax' philosophy that puts government before the people and scares off entrepreneurs who might invest here in California. Job growth is the long-term solution to California's problems and we need a tax system that encourages businesses to start and expand in our state. The budget needs to go further to ensure the state will live within its means, preventing future budget catastrophes. Californians deserve much better."
Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway of Tulare
"In our 'Roadmap to a No Tax Increase Budget,' Assembly Republicans showed that we can protect funding for the classroom and law enforcement without raising taxes. We call upon the Governor to stop trying to raise people's taxes and start working across party lines on a no-tax increase budget compromise. Protecting our core priorities, reforming state government and bringing back private sector jobs - without raising taxes -- must continue to be our focus as we work to get California back on track."
Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chair Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber
"The news that our budget deficit continues to shrink and that California continues to take in unexpected tax revenue is further proof that we don't need to impose tens of billions in higher taxes on overburdened taxpayers to balance the budget and protect core priorities. Governor Brown today took a baby step forward by eliminating one year of his proposed tax increases, but he still proposes more than $50 billion in higher taxes on Californians to fund bigger government with no serious reform. I cannot approve of a budget which holds to the dangerous realignment plan that will put our citizens at risk and which increases the size of government by 31 percent over the next three years."
Assemblyman Jim Silva, R-Huntington Beach
"I am pleased to see the Governor agrees with Republicans that education should be fully funded," said Silva. "I am also glad to see that his proposal eliminates unnecessary boards and commissions, and reduces the state's bloated workforce. However, I am disappointed that he has not gotten the message on tax increases. Californians do not want to give the government more money. The Assembly Republican Caucus has a detailed budget plan that shows we can balance the budget and protect priorities like education and law enforcement without raising taxes. It shows that with a little prioritizing, we can get the state on the road to economic recovery."
Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Roseville
"Families here in Northern California are making cuts to their budgets, food and gas prices are out of control and the Governor still wants to tax us and expand our government. Hardworking taxpayers should not have to bailout Sacramento for its years of irresponsible spending. The longer we continue to embrace failed ideas and bad policies, the more hardship we will face down the road. It's time the Legislature gets serious about the long-term, structural reform our budget desperately needs. "
Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert
"I strongly endorse Governor Brown's proposal to get rid of numerous boards and commissions and reduce the state's workforce. However, we can go much further with the reforms and savings needed to close a multi-billion dollar deficit. The recently released Assembly Republican 'Roadmap for a No Tax Increase Budget' shows that we can balance the budget and protect priorities like education and law enforcement - without raising taxes on hard-working Californians."
Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Linda
"Another year of budget gimmicks and kicking the can down the road are not going to solve the problems endemic within California's budgeting process. I will not support any type of tax increase, no matter how anyone tries to disguise it."
Board of Equalization Member George Runner
"Overtaxed Californians will find little to cheer in the Governor's revised budget proposal.Despite the Governor's concession to postpone higher income taxes for a year, he continues to push for legislative approval of higher sales taxes and car taxes this year. And although the Governor dropped his effort to abolish enterprise zones--and the jobs they create--he continues to miss the big picture: Californians need jobs, not higher taxes. Our best hope for new revenues isn't higher taxes, but new jobs fueled by a recovering economy. Unfortunately, the Governor has yet to truly lift a finger in the fight for California jobs."
Tom Del Beccaro, chairman of the California Republican Party
"While Brown has made a step in the right direction, he continues to offer only half-measures. If cutting 43 commissions makes sense, what about the other 260? If reductions in spending are necessary, why is he increasing spending 5 percent? He claims concern about a "wall of debt" but makes no mention of massive unfunded pension liabilities which threatens education beyond repair. Rather than keep his campaign promise to make hard choices, Brown is breaking his campaign promise not to raise taxes without a vote of the people. The bottom line is that Brown's demand to increase spending while we have a deficit means that he still doesn't understand that we can no longer spend beyond our means."
Jon Fleischman, publisher of FlashReport.org
I have spoken and/or emailed with a large swath of Republican legislators today, and I can tell you that Republican resolve to solving this budget crisis without a tax increase couldn't be stronger. The surprise news of $6.6 billion in unanticipated tax receipts is positive news towards that end. It would have been tragic hadk not knowing about that revenue, the legislature had raised income, sales and car taxes as Governor Brown has requested. There is nothing "fun" about dealing with a scarcity of resources in state government. But it is critical that everyone remember that this mirrors circumstances in the private sector. The only long-term solution to stable funding for state government services is a healthy private sector, which is why private sector job creation should be the top priority of the Governor and legislature.
Democratic lawmakers and officials:
Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles
The Governor's May Revise is a sober proposal that will be vetted thoroughly in the public budget process. His proposal reflects the fact that our economy is clearly entering into a recovery, and he calls for budget decisions that will help that recovery gain momentum. This proposal also reflects our commitment to a balanced approach to closing our deficit which is why the Governor is calling for revenue extensions to help ensure that we protect education, public safety and job creation efforts for California.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento
"The Governor has laid out the only credible framework for achieving a long-term resolution to California's budget challenges. It will achieve the necessary balance between deep and difficult cuts, and the revenue needed to ensure that the cuts to education, public safety and other vital services are no deeper than they have to be. ... I think the key difference between what the Governor proposes and what the Republicans put out late last week is that we are focused on a long-term solution to California's budget. We're not interested in gimmicks, papering-over the deficit, or hoping we just get through the year and then praying for an even faster economic recovery. The numbers don't lie. The revenue increase over the last several weeks is good news, but it doesn't change the fundamental nature of the challenge we face. So let's finish our work."
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer
"The Governor deserves credit for not succumbing to expediency and remaining focused on California's longer-term fiscal future. The plan reflects an understanding that, despite welcome revenue increases, the State still faces significant budget shortfalls not just in the next fiscal year, but in subsequent years. It closes those ongoing deficits with a balanced approach that solidifies California's fiscal foundation without short-circuiting the state's economic recovery.
"The plan's effect on our ability to borrow $10 billion to meet the State's cash-flow needs remains unclear. If full implementation of the Governor's FY 2011/12 plan remains contingent on voter approval of taxes, my office will not be able to complete a cash-flow borrowing transaction unless the final adopted budget includes real, inescapable, quickly-implemented spending cuts that would be triggered if voters reject the taxes."
Controller John Chiang
"The test of a budget's soundness involves looking at its sustainability, honesty, and whether it positions California for lasting economic prosperity. While the particulars will be ironed out in the days ahead, I commend Governor Brown for presenting a plan that appears to avoid one-time gimmicks, begins reigning in the State's borrowing, and offers fundamental and cost-effective reforms for the delivery of local and state services. Once we receive the necessary data from the Department of Finance, my office will update the State's cash outlook based on a variety of likely scenarios."
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
"The $3 billion increase in education funding proposed by the Governor is welcome news to schools across the state where students are eager to learn; parents are engaged; and teachers, administrators, and school employees are working day and night to help our students achieve. Providing schools the resources they need is our shared responsibility, and the Governor's proposal -- after $18 billion in cuts over the last three years -- offers us a chance to begin to meet it. The May Revision also foreshadows the stark choices we face if Republicans and Democrats cannot reach agreement on a long-term solution to the financial emergency in California's schools.The alternative to the Governor's plan is to impose devastating additional cuts that our schools cannot afford -- further crowding classrooms, laying off even more teachers, and shortening a school year that is already one of the shortest in the industrialized world."
Sen. Michael Rubio, D-East Bakersfield
"The Governor's May Revise highlights his ongoing commitment to getting our state back on track amid the worst economic downturn in decades. We must be fiscally prudent and balance the budget with both $11 billion in cuts already approved by the Legislature and an extension of current funding streams for education and public safety. I strongly support the Governor's choice to set aside $1.6 billion in additional revenues for K-14 education and limiting the burden on taxpayers going forward. The Governor's philosophy of spending only what we take in--just as families do every single day--is admirable, particularly since he also proposes a $1.2 billion reserve for rainy days ahead.I also applaud the Governor's decision to eliminate scores of Boards and Commissions and even entire state departments, as well as cutting the state payroll by over 5,000 positions. I am encouraged that Governor Brown believes in the need for ongoing pension reform, spending limits and a return to basics in state government. Sadly, the Williamson Act is still on the chopping block but I will work with legislative leaders and the Governor to protect as much of that program as possible in the weeks ahead.
Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa
The good news is, Governor Brown seeks to fully fund K-12 education at the Proposition 98 guaranteed level. Unfortunately, last week the California Department of Parks and Recreation released a list of 70 parks to be closed statewide, 20 of which are located in Senate District 2. This is by far the highest concentration of park closures (30%) of any of California's 40 Senate Districts. These closures will cause unimaginable damage to many local communities. While I understand the eliminations of certain state services are necessary to balance our state's budget, I cannot support proposals that ask the people of my district to shoulder a grossly higher proportion of budget cuts, devastating our local economies. As Republicans in the Legislature continue to "just say no," the financial burden on my constituents continues to grow. I am eager to begin analyzing these May Revision proposals as a member of the Senate Budget Committee, and I am hopeful we can develop a more fair distribution of budget cuts."
Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis
"While we welcome the Governor's new proposals, the Legislature still must address the continual structural deficiencies in providing education, health, and public safety services to California's residents. We need to engage in an honest discourse about the costs of maintaining standards for the delivery of core services to our children, seniors, and other vulnerable populations. I stand with Governor Brown in his quest to save our state's critical programs through revenue generating strategies."
Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno
"Higher revenue projections are a welcome sign that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I'm glad the Governor's May Budget includes elements that will help put Californians back to work. The Governor's jobs related proposals linking revenue from the Single Sales Factor to tax credits for hiring and manufacturing will bring many badly needed jobs back to our state."
Assemblyman Marty Block, D-San Diego, chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee.
"Governor Brown's May Revise is a responsible roadmap with a long-term vision that preserves education funding and provides hiring incentives to get people back to the workplace - two critical components to maintaining our economic recovery. Given the remaining deficit and difficult choices before us, I am encouraged to see this plan provides funding for K-12 education and community colleges. An otherwise all-cuts budget proposal would have caused unprecedented damage to our public colleges and universities, already grappling with deep cuts that will undoubtedly impact access and affordability. The stark reality of our fiscal challenges could not be clearer and we cannot continue to address the problem with only half the solutions. I support the Governor's balanced approach that includes revenue extensions to fund vital programs, and I hope that my colleagues in the Legislature will embrace this proposal to match the severe cuts already approved."
Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento
"I am pleased that the Governor's revised budget is consistent with his earlier balanced approach to close the $9.6 billion deficit. Although some of my colleagues believe that the tax extensions are not needed due to the unexpected bump in revenues, it is absolutely prudent to continue to pursue them to address the projected deficits we'll be facing for at least the next three years. Even though I am optimistic about the gradual economic recovery we are experiencing, the budget challenges our state is facing will not go away any time soon."
Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park
"By utilizing over $2 billion in unanticipated revenues, the May Revise preserves the balance between reductions in spending and revenue enhancement. However, this budget still hinges on the revenue extensions, which must be approved by state lawmakers. I continue to believe that an all-cuts budget would be devastating to the State of California - especially the students who will experience larger class sizes and far fewer school days throughout the year. I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues in the coming weeks to ensure this budget is passed by the Assembly."
David Kieffer, executive director of Service Employees International Union
"Gov. Brown and the Democrats in the legislature have already made more than $13 billion in painful cuts to services Californians rely on for their health, safety, and our shared prosperity. Not a single Republican showed the courage to vote to support the Governor's even-handed approach. Now it's time to ensure that the solution is truly balanced by maintaining existing revenues.
"Across California, the voters we talk to say it's time for the legislature to do its job and pass a budget that maintains current revenues; a simple vote is all the constitution requires. What we don't need is an unnecessary and costly election that will only continue the state's economic uncertainty.
"We must address the structural deficit with real solutions this year; we cannot afford another year of delays and borrowing. It's time for every legislator, including those of the minority party, to tell the truth and treat voters with respect: no more gimmicks, no more fudging, and no more fairy tales. Though revenues are higher than expected, there is no way to close a $13 billion gap without maintaining existing revenues. If our legislators fail to deal with that reality, our schools and public safety agencies will be forced to assume the worst and lay off thousands more teachers, police officers, paramedics, and firefighters."
Dave Low, chairman of Californians for Retirement Security
"Although pension payments represent just 3 percent of state spending, we will continue to work with the Governor and lawmakers and support changes in the pension system that stop abuse. We can find common ground. But we will fight tooth and nail against any measures that gut retirement security for firefighters, teachers, school employees, police and other public employees."
Teresa Favuzzi , executive director of The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
"Governor Brown's May Revision puts forth the bare minimum revenues necessary to get California through the immediate crisis while preventing more devastating cuts to support for people with disabilities.
"A budget that doesn't maintain current revenues would gut the most basic public infrastructure that supports people with disabilities, even after years of cumulative cuts have already disproportionately targeted services that promote independent living, maintain our health, and sustain basic necessities such as food and rent. An all-cuts approach represents a startling reversal of California's progress toward implementation of the landmark Olmstead decision far before its promise of support for community living was fully realized.
"California's disability community knows there is yet still a better way: We know that California is an abundant state with the resources to support our children's path to success, to offer opportunity to those seeking work, and to make real every person's right to live independently in their community. We know a state as innovative as California can see that community support for people with disabilities is far more cost-effective in the long-run than a broken and costly system of institutionalization.
"While we recognize the extraordinary fiscal pressures on the state and applaud Gov. Brown for continuing to pursue an approach that maintains the bare minimum support services people with disabilities have worked hard to secure, the Governor's plan leaves many sensible revenue alternatives on the table. Rather than continuing cuts that do more harm, we encourage the governor and legislative leaders to carefully consider oil severance, alcohol and other tax reforms which can be done without damaging our economic recovery."
Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer of the California Labor Federation
"With the release of the May revision of the state budget today, the governor provided a pathway to free California from the perpetual budget crises that have plagued our state in recent years. Legislators must act immediately to adopt the governor's balanced proposal to prevent additional devastating cuts to schools, public safety and other essential services.
"As a state, we can't afford to allow politics as usual to stand in the way of making the tough choices needed to move forward. It must be priority No. 1 to prevent more cuts that will flat-line our economic recovery just as it finally begins to show signs of life. An all-cuts budget flatly ignores the values Californians share. Elected leaders in the Assembly and Senate need to display the political courage that Californians demand of them to solve this crisis directly, free of gimmicks."
Teresa Favuzzi, executive director of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
"While we recognize the extraordinary fiscal pressures on the state and applaud Gov. Brown for continuing to pursue an approach that maintains the bare minimum support services people with disabilities have worked hard to secure, the Governor's plan leaves many sensible revenue alternatives on the table. Rather than continuing cuts that do more harm, we encourage the governor and legislative leaders to carefully consider oil severance, alcohol and other tax reforms which can be done without damaging our economic recovery. "
Paul McIntosh, Executive Director of the California State Association of Counties
"Counties support the Governor's May Revision and are committed to ensuring the constitutional amendment that serves as the framework for realignment is placed before the voters as soon as possible."
Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California.
"After $6 billion of cuts to health and human services, the new budget proposal requires extending current tax rates in order to prevent further ugly cuts to seniors, families, and the health system on which we all rely. A metaphorical budget bomb goes off in six weeks unless California extends existing tax levels. Allowing revenues to expire on June 30th will blow a new, big budget hole of billions of dollars, causing much steeper cuts in health, education, and other vital services. The budget has already booked severe cuts, including caps on Medi-Cal doctor visits, significantly increased premiums and co-payments for low-income families, and drastic cuts to Medi-Cal providers and adult day health centers."
Allan Zaremberg, president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce.
"Certainty is the foundation for economic recovery and a comprehensive budget solution will create the certainty that job creators need. Clearly, any long-term solution to the state's fiscal challenges will be found in growth and economic development.... The Governor and legislators face a unique opportunity to restore confidence to an economy and an electorate both worn out from this seemingly endless budget crisis"
Chris McKenzie, executive director, League of California Cities
"The Governor has repeatedly claimed he wants to end the gimmicks and wants honest budgeting. But his proposal to eliminate redevelopment will result in more of the same. It is illegal, will not provide the State any budgetary relief and, by destroying local economic growth, will actually reduce State and local revenues."
Jo A.S. Loss, president of the California State PTA
Deena Lahn of Children's Defense Fund-California
"Parents and PTAs across the state have spoken up loudly about the critical need for the state to adequately invest in educating all of our children. The Governor's May Revise acknowledges the importance of stemming the tidal wave of budget cuts that our children and schools have already suffered. The Governor's proposal continues to point the way to a balanced, responsible approach that includes cuts, plus an extension of some revenues.This is an important step in the process, but there is still much work to be done. We look forward to both Republicans and Democrats working together and negotiating a final budget plan that does not harm kids and supports California's future. PTA will continue to speak up throughout the state in support of this balanced approach to prevent deeper cuts."
"The Governor's proposal to move all 870,000 children in Healthy Families to Medi-Cal requires thorough and thoughtful consideration of the long term implications for California children's health before moving forward. The state would save an estimated $31.2 million General Fund in the first year from this proposal. We look forward to working closely with the state on a thoughtful solution for children that ensures access to primary care and specialty providers, quality health care services, and careful implementation so that all eligible children can obtain and keep the health coverage they need. While we are cognizant of the size of the budget deficit, we urge that a large portion of any savings accrued from consolidation of children's health programs be reinvested to support the crucial children's services that have suffered most from previous budget cuts.We support the Governor's May revision proposal to continue to press for the extensions of current taxes to avoid further cuts to health care and the other services California children depend on. We urge state lawmakers to adopt this balanced approach, so California children can get the care they need, and so our state can find and enroll every eligible uninsured child."
Marty Dakessian, counsel for Communities to Save Enterprise Zones.
"While we continue to analyze the details of the Governor's May revision, our initial perspective is that the Governor's proposal with respect to Enterprise Zones is not much better than the Governor's January proposal to retroactively repeal the tax credits.In fact, the Governor's new proposal amounts to an illegal billion dollar tax increase on businesses. It would effectively eliminate the program's benefits, eviscerate its value and burden businesses by replacing it with another hoop-laden program that does nothing to benefit the budget, the economy, workers, businesses or the communities they live in."The Governor's new proposal is a continued attack on small business because it takes away promised benefits and penalizes employers for creating jobs in the state. It fails to recognize job retention as an important factor in our economic recovery, reduces tax credits for new jobs thereby reducing incentives for new hires, creates conflicting bureaucratic hoops that would make it difficult for business owners to collect on tax credits. Finally, because it limits carryforwards and violates the contracts clause, it is still clearly unconstitutional."
James G. Hinsdale, M.D., president of the California Medical Association
"While we understand the need for creative solutions to balance the state's budget and are willing to work with the governor and Legislature to achieve them, we are concerned that this proposal (to shift the Healthy Families recipients to the MediCal program) would simply dump our most vulnerable population into a system with no capacity to serve them. We simply cannot expand coverage without increasing the network of physicians to serve these new patients. This proposal, coupled with the 10 percent provider rate cuts, the cap on provider visits and mandatory co-pays for Medi-Cal patients proposed in January, doesn't add up and we fear is doomed to fail. We cannot continue to balance our budget by decimating our medical delivery system and have any expectation that we will be able to successfully implement federal health care reform in future years."
Jean Ross, California Budget Project
"The balanced approach presented by Governor Brown in January remains the only credible path to a balanced budget that protects the critical public structures and systems, including our public schools, colleges, and universities, needed to support a healthy economy. We regret the Governor's decision to retain the Enterprise Zone Program - a program that has been proven ineffective by rigorous, independent economic research - while closing gems of the state park system and maintaining the deep cuts that endanger many vulnerable families, children, and seniors. Keeping programs that do not work, while scaling back those that do - such as our highly successful welfare-to-work program - does not reflect Californians' values and priorities.
Jeff Freitas, secretary-treasurer of the California Federation of Teachers
"We applaud the governor for adding $1.6 billion to the public education budget. However, even with that increase, public education spending is proposed to be $7 billion less than it was in 2007-08. The revised proposed State Budget continues to pose a major problem for education spending. It continues to threaten the future of California by reducing our investment in public education and the students who will lead our state in the coming years. More will be cut from education in the coming year, on top of $18 billion in cuts over the past few years. Thousands of teachers are being laid off, and students are losing the support they deserve to pursue their dreams. There are other ways to close the revenue gap without taking away quality education. The people of California strongly favor increasing taxes by 1% on the wealthiest 1% of Californians instead of additional cuts to education and key public services.The restoration of a 1% higher rate would affect only 1% of Californians while saving thousands of jobs in public education, public health, and public safety and keeping class sizes lower, health clinics open, and the streets in our neighborhoods safer."
Peter Manzo, President & CEO of the United Ways of California
"UWCA believes that the services most vital to vulnerable families and children must be maintained, especially in this time of severe budget deficits, high unemployment, and slow economic recovery. A balanced approach to budgeting that saves these services is crucial to help families struggling get back on track so California can be great again. We urge our Legislators to take a balanced approach to California's budget and ensure that an all cuts budget does not become an option."