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Contra Costa launches “Stop the Cuts” tour

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 at 6:16 pm in California budget, California Legislature.

Contra Costa area health and human services advocates plan a two-day “Stop the Cuts” tour on Thursday and Friday intended to illuminate the impacts of proposed cuts in the as-yet-approved state budget.

It’s yet another sign of frustration in California as state lawmakers remain deadlocked in Sacramento over how to jump the financial equivalent of the Grand Canyon with a bicycle.

The van starts at the Food Bank in Concord at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, and over the course of two days, advocates with Health Access will visit a rape crisis center in San Pablo, an adult daycare center in Pleasant Hill and a childcare center in Antioch.

The group has invited a number of elected officials to join them including county supervisors and local mayors.

But the advocates specifically target Assemblyman Guy Houston, R-San Ramon, in their tour announcement, calling on the sole Bay Area Republican lawmaker to see for himself the impacts of the governor’s proposed cuts. For example, Health Access estimates that 900 Contra Costa seniors and people with disabilities will lose the financial support they need to stay in their homes.

Democrats and Republicans are stymied in Sacramento over how to close a $15 billion deficit in the next fiscal year budget, which actually started July 1.

Democrats favor tax increases combined with cuts, while Republicans vow to fight tax hikes. Adding to the political pressure cooker, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vowed to cut to minimum wage the salaries of 200,000 state workers beginning Thursday as the state runs out money to pay its bills.

Lawmakers will eventually cut a deal — we hope — but most of their options are bad and the outcome is likely to please no one.

Click here to read the full press release and view the tour schedule.

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  • John W.

    Inasmuch as Guy is term-limited, I doubt he is feeling much pressure. I’ve received a few e-mails from him calling attention to various personal income tax credits at risk in the Dem’s budget plan, positioning guy as a champion of low and moderate income folk. Talk about spin!

  • John W.

    Inasmuch as Guy is term-limited, I doubt he is feeling much pressure. I’ve received a few e-mails from him calling attention to various personal income tax credits at risk in the Dem’s budget plan, positioning guy as a champion of low and moderate income folk. Talk about spin!

  • http://www.rsnc-centers.org Debbie Toth

    John is right, it’s all in the spin! Maybe we ought to educate our legislators about tax loopholes (which is what he called them in his press releases) versus tax credits. Or sadly, maybe it’s our voting population that needs the education.

    Don’t you think since he is termed out he might want to do something to help our elderly and disabled populations and leave a positive legacy for himself?

    Deb

  • Renegade GOP

    Well Ok County Folks who think they are going to get to Guy are spitting in the wind. Guy is not going to vote to raise taxes. FORGETABOUTIT.

  • Renegade GOP

    Well Ok County Folks who think they are going to get to Guy are spitting in the wind. Guy is not going to vote to raise taxes. FORGETABOUTIT.

  • http://www.health-access.org Jessica R.

    Just out of curiosity, Renegade GOP, have you seen the list of cuts that will happen in Contra Costa if the GOP continues to insist on a “cuts-only” budget?

    It’s pretty horrific – take a look at http://contracostaarc.com/assets/images/BudgetCuts.pdf.

    And the irony is, the costs of making these cuts are spread unevenly. It will be tremendously expensive for seniors and people with disabilities, and their families, including the middle-class families of children with autism, Downs Syndrome and cerebral palsy. And it will end up costing taxpayers more when folks end up in institutions or on the street.

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to make some judicious tax increases, e.g., restore the upper tax bracket on people making more than $320k/year to the level it was BEFORE the Wilson tax cuts of 1997, when the state had a large surplus? This would be a marginal increase from the current 9.3% to 10%, and it would be deductible on their federal tax returns.

    So explain to me again why this tax increase is more heinous than cutting health care and disability pensions for disabled children and seniors?

  • http://www.health-access.org Jessica R.

    Just out of curiosity, Renegade GOP, have you seen the list of cuts that will happen in Contra Costa if the GOP continues to insist on a “cuts-only” budget?

    It’s pretty horrific – take a look at http://contracostaarc.com/assets/images/BudgetCuts.pdf.

    And the irony is, the costs of making these cuts are spread unevenly. It will be tremendously expensive for seniors and people with disabilities, and their families, including the middle-class families of children with autism, Downs Syndrome and cerebral palsy. And it will end up costing taxpayers more when folks end up in institutions or on the street.

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to make some judicious tax increases, e.g., restore the upper tax bracket on people making more than $320k/year to the level it was BEFORE the Wilson tax cuts of 1997, when the state had a large surplus? This would be a marginal increase from the current 9.3% to 10%, and it would be deductible on their federal tax returns.

    So explain to me again why this tax increase is more heinous than cutting health care and disability pensions for disabled children and seniors?

  • Troublemaker

    “Well Ok County Folks who think they are going to get to Guy are spitting in the wind. Guy is not going to vote to raise taxes. FORGETABOUTIT.”

    Renegade GOP you are probably correct. He is too busy protecting tax loopholes, such as the Yacht-tax fiasco. I think you will find his name listed below. (Taken right off of this blog site).

    http://www.ibabuzz.com/politics/2008/02/19/yacht-tax-loophole-stays-open/

    Assembly Republicans voted down a bill today which would’ve closed a tax loophole letting those who buy yachts and aircraft avoid paying California taxes.

    The 18 Assembly Republicans who voted against closing the loophole are Joel Anderson, R-La Mesa; John Benoit, R-Palm Desert; Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto; Mike Duvall, R-Brea; Ted Gaines, R-Roseville; Martin Garrick, R-Carlsbad; Guy Houston, R-San Ramon; Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar; Kevin Jeffries, R-Riverside; Rick Keene, R-Chico; Doug LaMalfa, R-Biggs; Bill Maze, R-Visalia; George Plescia, R-San Diego; Jim Silva, R-Huntington Beach; Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita; Todd Spitzer, R-Orange; Audra Strickland, R-Camarillo; and Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel.

  • Troublemaker

    “Well Ok County Folks who think they are going to get to Guy are spitting in the wind. Guy is not going to vote to raise taxes. FORGETABOUTIT.”

    Renegade GOP you are probably correct. He is too busy protecting tax loopholes, such as the Yacht-tax fiasco. I think you will find his name listed below. (Taken right off of this blog site).

    http://www.ibabuzz.com/politics/2008/02/19/yacht-tax-loophole-stays-open/

    Assembly Republicans voted down a bill today which would’ve closed a tax loophole letting those who buy yachts and aircraft avoid paying California taxes.

    The 18 Assembly Republicans who voted against closing the loophole are Joel Anderson, R-La Mesa; John Benoit, R-Palm Desert; Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto; Mike Duvall, R-Brea; Ted Gaines, R-Roseville; Martin Garrick, R-Carlsbad; Guy Houston, R-San Ramon; Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar; Kevin Jeffries, R-Riverside; Rick Keene, R-Chico; Doug LaMalfa, R-Biggs; Bill Maze, R-Visalia; George Plescia, R-San Diego; Jim Silva, R-Huntington Beach; Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita; Todd Spitzer, R-Orange; Audra Strickland, R-Camarillo; and Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel.