Government Service Union (SEIU) wants more of your money State, National, International, posted by mk, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 3:02 pm
SEIU drops a mil for new taxes campaign.
The California State Council of Service Employees International Union launched a $1 million statewide advertising blitz today with a television commercial calling for new taxes to help balance the state budget.
Some of the text from their ad:
"In Sacramento ... a budget crisis. To solve it, we need balance ... cooperation ... common sense. The politicians propose cuts that hit families ... with no sacrifice from the special interests. "
SEIU is one of the largest special interests in the State. They just want more of your tax money to protect their pensions. What is interesting is they have a lot of money to burn. $1M on this campaign alone.
Posted by More Taxes Please..., a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 4:31 pm
We need to raise the taxes for individuals and families that make more than $100,000 per year. That would help our politicians balance the budget and fund the necessary programs for the majority of Californians.
Posted by More Taxes Please..., a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 4:35 pm
In addition, we need a wealth tax to tax people who have $1M or more in assets. Luxury tax should also be applied to all vehicles > $25K and homes > $1M. We need the wealthy folks to start funding essential programs in this great state.
Posted by More Taxes Please..., a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 4:38 pm
Freddie - we need to reduce the tax burden for those making $100K. People who make less than $100K are more likely to spend their money and help our economy. We should reduce the tax burden for these folks while raise the taxes for the wealthy to bridge the gap.
Posted by What?, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 4:46 pm
Yo More Taxes Please...
Your theft by tax premise got us into the mess we're already in. You voted in tax policies, ran up the bill, the people with money bailed CA, and now we're stuck without revenue.
How's that working for us?
Next you'll say that we should handcuff people to the state so that no matter what we do, if they are rich, they can't leave.
Call it what you want, but until you and others like you figure out that you can't keep stealing from productive members of society to give to more people that aren't productive and won't get productive, the same problem remains.
You can either, cut programs, cut taxes, or take a hike. You pick.
Posted by mk, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 4:58 pm
The reason we are in the current situation is a majority of the tax income comes from the "wealthy" and they did not make money in this economy, so the state receives less in taxes.
We need a fair tax system that taxes EVERYBODY. A wealthy person is not using the government services anymore than somebody who is not wealthy (probably the opposite). EVERYBODY needs to pay so the government can provide us the services that government is supposed to (safety, infrastructure, education).
Personally I think the legislature should automatically be paying the highest tax bracket, no matter how much they make. That might make them think twice by taxing the "wealthy".
Posted by Pleasanton resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 6:49 pm
I call sarcasm. Along similar lines, we need to confiscate the homes and assets of Hollywood fat cats to help balance our budget. After all, we all know they flit around on private jets and hide their wealth in tax havens...Californians deserve better!!
Posted by Big Poppa, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 7:39 pm
It's the high income taxpayers who alredy pay for all of the hand outs CA is giving. We need to deprot ALL Illegals immediately as they cost the State anywhere between 5 to 15 billion dollars. It may seem mean but that's life.
Posted by Freddie, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 9:13 pm
More taxes please,
The budget deficit is now 21.4 billion and is growing each week. California has 50 days to fix it or doomsday by the state treasurers estimate today. Not enough money to tax. What would you do? tick tock the clock is ticking Cinderella
Posted by Me Too, a resident of the Canyon Creek neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 10:14 pm
Frank Lee - thatnks for the link - this list should be made much more public. As many of those are the list are businesses, I would definitely not visit those establishments and I hope other would would concur. While most are in SoCal, there are few out this way including a Top 20 in San Ramon (Wells Interior) - so please avoid this company (if they are still around)
Posted by mk, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 10:23 pm
To More Taxes Please, you are invited to send in all your money. Donations to the government are accepted.
One of our biggest problems is there are legislatures that feel we can fix every problem. We can't! We have to cut back on expenses including programs. Yes, when you cut a program somebody will be affected. But remember there were times when we did not have all of these programs. Even if everybody gave 100% of their income to the government, the legislatures would say they need more money to help people in need. This is just like a budget you do at home. You look at your income and you plan your expenses accordingly. You can't do everything you want so you have to prioritize.
In addition to all these programs we can't afford, many/most cost too much the way they are structured now; especially because of the powerful employee unions. If the unions will not renegotiate, our best bet will be for bankruptcy, just like the auto companies. We could then have a judge undo these unfair labor contracts. As "unfair" I mean the government employees have benefits that WAY exceed those in the private sector (and paid by the taxpayer).
Posted by Informed, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jun 11, 2009 at 11:07 pm
Okay, so what would you cut? Cal Grants, State Parks, Healthy Families, education, UC/CSU, hiv/aids funding, police, fire, funding for local governments? All of these are part of the Governor's proposals.
$24 billion (the current deficit) is 26% of the general fund. Can we cut our way out of the problem? Think you have all the answers? Take the budget challenge at www.nextten.org
Posted by Frank Lee, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 12, 2009 at 12:14 am
Informed, here are my cuts to what you asked:
Cal Grants- cut 50%
State Parks- Close 25% of parks for the next two years.
Healthy Families- cut 25%
education- cut 5%
UC/CSU- raise fees approx. 10% - just done.
hiv/aids funding- cut 25%
police- cut administration 50%, elimniate 3 point retirement system.
fire- same as police, above.
funding for local governments- cut 10% but make strong law to never allow state to raid local revenues ever again.
Informed, I just took the challenge. My goal was to reduce taxes and reduce government mandates and regulations (green house gas mandates, for example) in order to attract business formation and expansion and protect current businesses from panicking and either reducing labor and labor costs, leaving the state or going out of business. Using my plan, I was not able to balance the budget (I ran a $21b deficit). The problem with the challenge was that it did not calculate the positive impact of my collective strategy. Examples internationally and in much lower taxed other states bares great evidence that my strategy will re-ignite the California economic engine and wipe out the deficit in a few years. The challenge is biased to have participants want to reflexively increase taxes. Fascinating and frightening!
Posted by 12.9B, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 12, 2009 at 12:24 am
I also took the challenge and I got us down to 12.9B. I cut every expense I could. I couldn't get it any lower because I ran out of options. The problem with your site is the options are too limited. I would've cut more and had a surplus.
We basically need public services for those that cannot care for themselves or need to be kept away from society. There are so many options to get rid of it is ridiculous.
I would LOVE to cut away that budget's expenses and slash the taxes at the same time. Oh, to dream!
I'm off to bed now and I am certain to have sweet sweet dreams!!