Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Governor Brown- the money is there

Jerry Brown claimed again today - as he does most days- that cruel budget cuts must be made because the money is just not there.   here Governor Brown’s central argument that the money is not there is inaccurate.  The money is there if the state is willing to collect the revenue.  Here is a list of sources for at $26 billion dollars. (below)
It is a major mistake to make deep, immediate budget cuts in the middle of recession. This will make the recession worse. Instead,  we need to build the promise of California.
  That promise is a good job for all,  the opportunity to have  a rewarding career, and the chance for a life that is more than simply the workplace.  The austerity paradigm underlying the tax and budget cut mania  does not promote good jobs nor  rewarding   careers.   It will make the recession worse.

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