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Schwarzenegger's Cut Proposals Are No "Scare Tactic"
The Governor's decision to roll out an early May revise (actually, it's about at its traditional time) puts into perspective some of the very ugly cuts that the Legislature will have to make in the next few months. Yet some opponents of the May 19th ballot initiatives seem to think this is nothing but a pre-election PR ploy. Think again. These proposals are very, very real.
Progressives like Speaker Karen Bass and Darrell Steinberg already are warning that the magnitude of the cuts that will need to be made are so severe that there isn't much "protecting" they will be able to do. Traditional Democratic allies already are preparing for the worst, as no one expects the new Republican leaders Sen. Dennis Hollingworth and Assemblymember Sam Blakeslee to even entertain the thought of revenue increases. Even fee increases may be off the bargaining table, as well as borrowing.
This is going to be ugly folks. And even uglier if the props don't fast. The Governor's action is, at the very least, serving to show the public that the legislative leaders haven't been crying wolf.
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Oh yes, it's a big, big budget crisis. And that's why Steinberg and Bass absolutely refused to go along with a billion-dollar corporate tax cut in this year's budget. Oh, wait. They didn't refuse. They endorsed it. And now they say anyone who opposes raising income taxes on the poor is endangering the state.
Schwarzenegger's Cut Proposals Are No "Scare Tactic"Posted by: Alan LoFaso on May 15, 2009
Who are you "david_t"? Yeah, you're right the corporate tax breaks stank, but it's the price for a 2/3 budget requirement, so get ready for some meaningful reform in June 2010. But, at the risk of appearing to agreeable with Steve (that's no fun), what is all this "scare tactic" nonsense? Don't parents constantly tell their children of the dangers of oncoming cars to warn them of the need to look both ways before crossing the street? Yeah, it's scary, BUT IT'S REAL!!
Schwarzenegger's Cut Proposals Are No "Scare Tactic"Posted by: Bill Bradley on May 15, 2009
I'm not infrequently intrigued by the question of who are the biggest, most rigid, political fantasists:
The far right?
Or the far left?
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