By Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter –
No one is happy with the steps needed to balance the state's budget. The Governor's budget proposal hinges on a special election in June to extend a package of temporary tax measures for five additional years.The Governor pledged that taxes would not be raised without the consent of the voters.
A two-thirds vote of the legislature is required to place the tax extensions on the June ballot, but some elected representatives oppose allowing the question of temporary tax extensions to go to the voters.
Voters deserve the opportunity to choose how to finance state government. Working together as Californians we will get through these tough times.
As we share in the blessings of our state, we must also share in the sacrifices.
California's voters can weigh the potential consequences of failing to extend some taxes. But voters won't get this chance if legislators block the measure from the June ballot.
Tell your State Senator or Assembly Member that you want the opportunity to decide how to raise and spend your tax dollars. Urge them to vote to place the Governor's tax package on the June ballot.
If we all do our part we can get California through this crisis.
Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto) is Assistant Majority Policy Leader for the 2011-2012 session of the California State Assembly. She represents the 62nd District which includes Colton, Rialto, Muscoy, Bloomington and parts of Fontana and San Bernardino.
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