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Gubernatorial hopeful Tom Campbell outlines budget fixes

Original post made on Jul 10, 2009

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Campbell Thursday called for budget cuts and a temporary gas tax to close California's $26.3 billion budget gap. He spoke to the business-oriented Association for Corporate Growth in Los Altos Hills.

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Posted by Harry Turner
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Re: Cambell outlines budget fixes

Tom Campbell's "budget fixes" plan brings in an appropriate gas tax increase. The short term "expediture freeze" is an idea any community minded person shuld tolerate in the spirit that everyone can help solve the problem.

Slowing the auto-pilot increases in social welfare benefits and state employee pay certainly is a sensible reform. It recognizes that even the mighty state of California doesn't have the means to protect large sub-populations agains the inflation we all have to endure.

I have a challenging question though. Can $16 billion actually be saved in one year of this reform? If not Cambell's "budget fix" won't fix the budget this year.

Harry Turner

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jul 10, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Tom Campbell is the only politician I've heard in quite some time that gives me any hope for this state.

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Posted by Ron
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

End ballot-box budgeting. That's the real source of California's financial problems. A piecemeal series of unfunded mandates by the voters, when coupled with Prop 13 and the 2/3 majority requirement to pass a budget, has made it virtually impossible to create a sensible budget for the state.

Hammering on poor, elderly or disabled people who need social services is not an answer.

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