Peace and Freedom Party: Reject Jerry Brown’s Budget Plan!

The following statement was adopted by the State Executive Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party on January 30, 2011.

The Peace and Freedom Party rejects the 2011 budget plan presented by Governor Jerry Brown. The Governor proposes to cut education and other vital social programs while extending regressive tax increases. We can have a budget that provides for education for all Californians and ensures a social safety net if we look to the wealth that exists in this state for adequate funding.

Brown’s proposed cuts will make a higher education inaccessible to working class students. A $400 million cut to community colleges will accompany an increase in fees from $26 to $36 per unit. While the CSU and UC systems will lose $500 million each, CSU students will face a 10% tuition increase and UC students, 8%.These increases are in addition to the huge fee hikes students have been steadily facing, in a state which promises free higher education to all qualified students.

K-12 schools are already experiencing an increase in class size. The Governor claims that public school funding will remain intact. In fact, the proposed budget further reduces per pupil spending.

The Peace and Freedom Party opposes all of the cuts to vital health and social services.. The 25% reduction to CalWORKS,and cuts in child care and child development programs will make it more difficult for young people with families to get a decent education. The severe cuts to Medi-Cal and In Home Support Services are unconscionable.

The Governor refuses to consider progressive tax increases like an increased tax on the highest incomes,a split roll property tax, or an oil severance tax. Instead he proposes to extend the regressive taxes that the voters in California have already rejected, like a 1% increase in sales tax and reduction of the child exemption credit.

Why can’t we fund our budget by taxing wealth? Why do we have to take away from people who will die in the streets because they can’t afford a $10 co-pay when oil companies don’t have to pay a severance tax and the high brackets are lower than they were under Pete Wilson? Why is capitalist accumulation sacrosanct and human survival expendable? It’s class war, and this governor and legislature are on the wrong side.

We challenge the legislature to reject Brown’s cuts and propose progressive tax measures to meet our needs. We encourage everyone to organize now to demand a fair budget, and build a political party which represents the will and aspirations of the people.

25 thoughts on “Peace and Freedom Party: Reject Jerry Brown’s Budget Plan!

  1. Grapes0fWrath

    @1

    I’m guessing progressive taxation, corporate windfall taxes, probably some form of oil taxes as they mentioned, probably decrease spending on “victimless” criminal prosecution, decrease prison spending by locking less people up, etc. etc.

    I could get behind that.

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    Those would be good.

  3. Grapes0fWrath

    @4

    Yeah, it would be.

    Personally I’d like to see a drastic reduction in prosecutions and arrests for victimless crimes, introduction of a progressive income tax, and single payer healthcare. Brown just isn’t there…shame, since he used to be actually. Different era I guess.

  4. Grapes0fWrath

    I’d like to point something out where I (sort of) disagree with the Peace & Freedom party.

    “Brown’s proposed cuts will make a higher education inaccessible to working class students. A $400 million cut to community colleges will accompany an increase in fees from $26 to $36 per unit.” While I agree with the jist of what they’re saying, and agree the (neverending) cuts to CSU and UC are devastating to the middle/poor classes, a raise from the community college tuition rate of 26$ per credit hour to 36$ per credit hour won’t devastate the wallets of students. Most of the poor will still be eligible for the BOG waiver (Tuition fee waiver, unless Brown is cutting that, which I’ve heard nothing of at time of this writing), and the ones that aren’t, will simply have to pay more of their Pell & Cal Grants towards tuition fees. Mind you, it’s really just a nuanced disagreement, but always best to make things as realistic as possible.

  5. francis barto

    why do the wealthy who provide jobs to the lower classes have to get dinged for the majority of taxes for CA?? Thats not fair, they have worked hard studied hard got degress, and now you think they should carry the lions share of TXES? GET REAL! i THINK jERRY’S PLAN is good. First off somethings got to give here in CA! The bloated Higher education system could use some trimming.

  6. francis barto

    and the amount of fraud in the “in home healthcare” systems is bilking us BILLIONs! THATS RIGHT! Many of these inhome care people get gov money for a person sometimes not even impaired, but merely OLD! They have caught thousands of people who get bogus doctor notes for their elderly parents or relatives, and then get money from the gov to keep them out of medi -CAL! tAKE A LOOK INTO THE BILLING OF mEDI-CAL AND IT WOULD MAKE YOUR HEAD SPIN! JERRY HAS CUT THE BLOATED GOVERNMENT POSITIONS he is cutting cell phones for 40K employees of the gov, and cutting car expenses!

  7. francis barto

    I personally know, people that work in the fraud system, So I know first hand. Jerry is on the right track! people need to take care of their own! Stop bilking the government. peace and freedom, are socialist! 🙂 have a good one

  8. Nexus

    What would they do when there aren’t any more rich people?
    Or do they expect the upper income to just give up 9 out of 10 dollars they earn/create with a smile?

  9. Grapes0fWrath

    @12

    I think it’s less of a matter of “How will the rich react?” And moreso “How much more pain can the have nots take that the rich simply don’t?” We’ll see I suppose.

  10. C. T. Weber

    It’s hard to know where to start. Maybe I’ll just go down the line. California is a rich state it’s just that most of the money is in a few hands and they’re not yours or mine. The super rich and their corporations continue to get richer as the rest of us get poorer. Because of tax breaks the wealthy pay a smaller percent of the taxes than working people. Most didn’t get rich because they worked hard, they got rich by paying less, and less and less. The taxes Brown want voters to pass are regressive taxes that hurt the poor and working people much more than those who have gotten rich because of government passing laws in their favor. The whole arguement about big business leaving the state is just a buggie man. In fact almost all the states use that same arguement. We are being overtaxed and we are going to pick up our company and leave. Of course few ever do. Years ago the rich paid 90% taxes but over the years they have reduced it to about 17% while we pay over 30%. I think it was Muselini who said something like – Whenyou intertwine the state and the corporations together you have fascism. So Brown plans to raise regressive taxes and slash education and social services. He is not going to tax the oil that comes out of the ground like all other states including Alaska and Texas do. It may be a little high but I heard that if we just releasted the non-violent drug offenders from prisons and jails we could close down about half of the prisons.

  11. paulie Post author

    The whole arguement about big business leaving the state is just a buggie man. In fact almost all the states use that same arguement. We are being overtaxed and we are going to pick up our company and leave. Of course few ever do.

    If the taxes in California became significantly higher than in other states, why wouldn’t business owners and wealthy individuals leave?

  12. paulie Post author

    It may be a little high but I heard that if we just releasted the non-violent drug offenders from prisons and jails we could close down about half of the prisons.

    Sounds about right to me. If anything, it may be low, when you count the drug addicts who would have been non-violent if it was not for prohibition jacking up the cost of their habit.

  13. C. T. Weber

    If the taxes in California became significantly higher than in other states, why wouldn’t business owners and wealthy individuals leave?
    Let’s see, the three that come to mind without thinking are: past experience, it hasn’t happened yet in fact when voters passed an increase in the minimum wage they were told big businesses would leave California but they didn’t; California just has too many customers to leave; and California is somewhere in the middle when it comes to business taxes. Big businesses just are not going to pull out of California epecially with all of the tax breaks they receive.

  14. paulie Post author

    I know business owners and wealthy individuals that left California because of taxes. Make taxes much higher and you will accelerate the trend.

  15. AyatollahGondola

    Low level offenders still cause people misery. Most people in prison who were convicted of drug offenses got arrested in the first place because they committed crimes such as distribution, importation, and sale. It’s not like they are totally innocent.

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