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Taxpayers are pleased there are no new tax increases in this proposal and that Proposition 13 was left alone, Valtrex usa. Valtrex ebay, Gov. Buy Valtrex Over The Counter, Schwarzenegger showed us flashes of the leadership we thought he was capable of during the recall. Additional taxes would have merely accelerated California's decline, 500mg Valtrex. 40mg Valtrex, There are real cuts in this proposal. While no one is cheering cuts for cuts' sake, Valtrex india, Valtrex coupon, significant reductions in spending are absolutely necessary to bring expenditures into alignment with revenues. Some of these include $3 billion in reductions to higher education, Valtrex paypal, 10mg Valtrex, $1.2 billion to corrections and $1.3 billion to Medi-Cal. Education will also see a multi-billion dollar cut but much of that will be backfilled by federal stimulus money, buy Valtrex Over The Counter.
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While we are pleased that no new taxes were forced on the people of California during these difficult economic times, we remain extremely concerned that a broader, Valtrex japan, Valtrex mexico, more fiscally responsible plan could not have been reached. For example, we applaud the Governor for initially putting pension reform on the table and, quite frankly, we weren't really surprised to see that would be a deal killer from the labor controlled Democrats. Buy Valtrex Over The Counter, But real fiscal reform in California will never be achieved until we control public employee pensions at both the state and local levels.
And, despite the fact that many injuries to taxpayers are inflicted by local governments (a pox on both their houses) we simply can't support the raid by the state on local government funds. While local governments should use the loss of revenue as motivation to pursue their own reforms, we also are concerned that the loss of revenue will only increase the pressure to raise taxes at the local level.
The failure to adopt the deep and meaningful reforms that are necessary for long term financial stability is a disappointment to taxpayers. The real question is whether this budget deal will be viewed by Wall Street as sufficient enough progress as a basis upon which to extend additional credit. While taxpayers are technically not going to pay more taxes, the tax accelerators have the effect of taking money out of the pockets of taxpayers before it is due, buy Valtrex Over The Counter. Some argue persuasively that this is just as bad as a tax increase even though they will be getting the money back.
Also under the category of Ugly are all the accounting gimmicks that are used to "kick the can down the road," to use a worn out phrase. From what we can gather, the proposal has several "expense deferrals," one-time revenue accelerators and numerous assumptions that virtually guarantee that we will be back arguing over these same issues in a few short months. Perhaps the worst of these is pushing a month's worth of pay for state workers from 2009-10 into 2010-11.
Perhaps the best that can be said of this proposal is that it could have been a lot worse. But that is hardly a ringing endorsement of responsible budgeting. CRO
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Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest taxpayer organization with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento..
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