The Swarm

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August 4, 2010
Coming Thursday: Dueling op-eds from Dems and Reeps on state budget proposal

Our Viewpoints page on Thursday will feature dueling op-eds from Democrats and Republicans on the budget proposal floated Tuesday by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez.

Here's an excerpt from Steinberg and Perez's piece:

Sadly, the Governor and legislative Republicans have not stepped up with realistic solutions; instead they irresponsibly refuse to compromise and insist on an exclusively ideological approach that will wipe out hundreds of thousands of jobs for teachers, cops, firefighters, and the employees and owners of small businesses throughout California. That is not a future Californians want.

And here is an excerpt from the op-ed by Senate Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth and Assembly Republican Leader Martin Garrick:

The Democrats claim these huge tax increases will have a negligible impact on most Californians because they can be written off as a tax deduction on federal income taxes. The problem is that only 38 percent of California taxpayers itemize their deductions, typically higher-income earners. Those who don't - the poor, seniors, renters and working families - will be hit the hardest.

Check back here after midnight tonight for both opinion articles. You can read The Bee's take on the proposal here.

About The Swarm

The Swarm is written by members of The Sacramento Bee's editorial board. They meet daily and are separate from the newsroom. Views included here are those of individual writers, and do not necessarily reflect those of a majority of the board or the positions expressed in The Bee's editorials.

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