A state workers’ union today launched a new television ad urging “balance, cooperation, common sense” in solving the state’s $24 billion budget deficit, rather than making massive cuts to schools, health care for children, home care for seniors and people with disabilities and other services. The Service Employees International Union says it’s a seven-figure ad buy on broadcast and cable television covering the Bay Area, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, San Diego, Sacramento, and Fresno.
“The governor’s proposed cuts only budget will destroy the California that we know,” SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina told reporters on a conference call a short while ago; he said the cuts will deprive millions of children, senior citizens, disabled people, workers and poor people of vital services, causing a ripple effect which will drive us deeper into recession.
Medina said it’s “unconscionable to let corporate special interests avoid their fair share of taxes” while this occurs; California’s corporate taxes have decreased substantially in recent decades, and saw another $2.5 billion cut in February’s budget deal. The governor has proposed no new taxes on oil drilling, tobacco or alcohol despite polling that shows Californians would prefer them to these massive cuts. Chevron’s record $24 billion profit in 2008 roughly equals the state’s budget deficit, but Medina claimed that company pays only about 3.3 percent in corporate taxes, a lesser rate than most Californians pay.
“It’s not right, it’s not fair and it’s disastrous for the people of California,” Medina said, disputing Schwarzenegger’s oft-repeated meme that last month’s special-election results represented an overwhelming anti-tax sentiment – it wasn’t a vote on victimizing California’s most vulnerable, he said, but rather a rejection of flawed proposals in favor of a more balanced approach.”
Read a transcript of the ad, after the jump…
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.
It means a million kids lose health care.
Hundreds of thousands denied college.
Seniors forced into nursing homes.
All while keeping huge tax breaks for Big Oil.
And no tax hikes on tobacco or liquor.
Tell Sacramento to balance spending cuts and taxes.
It’s just common sense.