I came across two letters-to-the-editor in today’s San Jose Mercury news, asking California’s leaders to be responsible and include revenues instead of just cutting services to the people of the state. Here is what they wrote:
State leaders must find more money
Our California Legislature
really needs some budget advice from California’s moms and dads. If my
family was in a deep financial crisis that meant I couldn’t provide my
kids with the essentials they need, I would turn over every cushion
looking for spare change, get a weekend job, or sell things in a yard
sale. I would try almost anything to bring in more money.
our state leaders have said these budget cuts are agonizing for them,
they haven’t yet considered every option to avoid or lessen them. Cuts
to programs serving children, families, and the elderly could be
avoided if legislators closed corporate tax loopholes, and raised taxes
on items like tobacco and alcohol in order to raise revenue. According
to recent public opinion polls, these revenue options are overwhelmingly popular while drastic cuts to social programs are not.
I urge our leadership to step up and do right by California’s kids and families.
To be responsible, state must raise cash
California legislative leaders keep repeating that “all options are
being considered” in an effort to balance our state’s budget. Yet
Sacramento has said very little about options to increase revenue.
California families need our lawmakers to do better than just slash
essential programs that we all need. To be responsible, we also need to
Truthfully: An 83 cent increase on tobacco taxes
is far more responsible than cutting up to a million kids off health
care coverage. And raising revenue on items such as tobacco and alcohol
is popular, while making drastic cuts to social programs is not.
Before we start slashing billions of dollars from health care and education, let us truly examine all the options.
People want their government to serve them, not just the big corporations. Cutting services to people in order to keep taxes low on big tobacco and oil companies is a terrible way to run a state.