Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
Taxpayers should demand prudent management of tax dollars not increase taxation.
The problem started with the election of a liberal governor and legislatures that continually rely exclusively on taxation not prudent management of taxpayers’ dollars. They never focus on the root cause of the budget short fall which is over spending, social programs and employee pensions.
The ballot proposal by Governor Brown to increase taxes on the rich and to increase the state sales tax ia counter to Economics 101. By increasing taxes on the rich and those that work will stall the economy and result in businesses laying off more workers. The Governor and fellow Democrats should be proposing reduction of taxes because consumers spend more when they have more money to spend and save, thereby invigorating the economy, tax increases does the opposite by reducing disposal income. That’s the money that remains after bills are paid. Therefore, I urge voters to vote no on the Governor’s tax plan.
Moreover, the Governor proposal will not benefit schools. But if education is a priority then funding should be guaranteed, not dependent on increased taxes and not used as tool to secure votes. The reason why California continue to have budget shortfalls is ineffective politicians that passes legislation that costs Californians billions of dollars. The bill that was passed and signed by the Governor that reduced college tuition fees for children of illegal immigrants costs us taxpayers two billion or more of our tax dollars. Now the Governor and the Democrats want us taxpayers to tax ourselves to cover the costs of their decision. Again, I urge a no vote on the Governor’s tax proposal.
Robert L. Fennell
May 21, 2012