May 16, 2011
Browns Revised Budget: New Numbers, Same Lies Today, Governor Jerry Brown released the choose to attack us and not tax the rich and details of his new budget proposal. Now that corporations. In 2009, the state legislature passed property taxes and income taxes have been paid, the tax breaks that hand over more than eight billion state looked at its revenue. California brought in dollars to corporations over the next eight years. $6.6 billion more than what the initial budget had And if the ten largest corporations in California expected. So this means, instead of having a budget were taxed ten percent, the state would bring in an deficit of $26.6 billion, the new estimate is now extra $9 billion a year. But we dont hear anything around $20 billion about these types of solutions to the budget crisis. The Governor is presenting the revised budget as When the politicians talk about taxes, the only a major victory for Californians and a sign that thing they talk about is taxing us. Rather than tax every thing is going to get better soon. In reality, the rich, Brown and other Democrats want us to this extra revenue will slightly reduce the attack on support extending higher taxes on ourselves for education, but its more like being told by a doctor another five years! That was Browns original plan that they have good news: you will only have to for closing part of the deficit. But why should lose one whole arm instead of two – to call it an people who are being thrown out of their jobs improvement is kind of pathetic. because of this economic crisis agree to pay more What has remained the same in this revision is sales tax? Why should people with jobs pay more theoverallstrategyofbalancingthebudget.Theienncooumgehttiamxewphaeyinngthtehyeianrcereaalrseeaddyhaovfinfgooad,hgaarsd,$20 billion shortfall is still accounted for by a d other basic necessities? cost combination of huge cuts to social services and a an variety of tax increases and fees on working people. Although they dont ever talk about taxing the For example, even with the extra revenue, overall rich, this is actually what most people in California spending for education remain the lowest it has ever support as a solution to the states budget problem. been in 38 years. The revision completely maintains A recent poll found that 62 percent of Californians the billions of dollars that have already been cut say that they support raising taxes on the highest from education, home health, poor children, public income brackets in order to protect schools from workers, transportation, state parks and more. budget cuts. So, who do these politicians really In reality, there is nothing about this revision that represent? The answer is clear. is a solution to the attacks on working people across Brown and other politicians keep telling us that California. Both Democrats and Republicans the states budget problems are going to continue continue to protect the super-rich and those banks for the foreseeable future. They are telling us we are and corporations based in California by trying to going to have a budget deficit next year. And then sell us the lie that the state is broke. Really? 2010 the year after that. And then the year after that. And was the most profitable year for corporations in US what will their solutions be each time? To cut even history, totaling $1.7 trillion dollars in profits. deeper and to sing us the same lie year after year Chevron, based in Richmond, made more than $19 that there isnt any other option. But there is another billion in profits last year. Apple, based in option. The money exists to stop all of these cuts Cupertino, made more than $14 billion in profits. and fully pay for our needs. We can choose not to And Wells Fargo, based in San Francisco, made submit to these attacks and begin to wage a real more than $11 billion. So, why do they tell us the fightback. state is broke?www.RevolutionaryWorkersGroup.orgThe state might have a deficit, but this is simply because both the Democrats and the Republicans
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