SACRAMENTO PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE
Dear Governor Brown, Jan. 31, 2011
In your State of the State Address tonight you requested ideas on where revenues might come from to avoid the painful budget cuts proposed. Here are our recommendations.
It is clear that the California budget is in crisis, and the issues are clear in Governor Brown’s budget proposals. There are no quick nor easy solutions. We can not simply cut our way out of the crisis; budget cuts and lay offs make the recession worse.
School funding reveals the nature of crisis. In the last two years the k-12 budget “solutions” have cut 4.6 billion dollars from the schools. We have larger classes and fewer teachers. School reform has stopped- except for the politicians’ speeches. School funding makes up a total of 30% of the state budget. Any crisis in the state budget and any cuts in the state budget will make school budgets worse.
California will need to raise taxes to fund schools and to repair the social safety net. Anti tax radicals and Republicans oppose any tax increases. The state ‘solutions’ of the last three years depended upon receiving federal stimulus money. The stimulus monies are almost finished and with the Republican winning control of Congress there will probably not be more funds.