Kyle Cooke As a 4th and 5th grade teacher, I was told to watch an episode of the Oprah Winfrey show that dealt with the controversial documentary Waiting for Superman (September 20, 2010). One comment from the show really stood out to me: “… We set them [the students] up for failure.” I completely agree, [...]
“Let us demand real change and insist that California operate in the interests of the majority. And the majority of the people of California, who are ordinary working people, want taxes raised on the rich, for a change, not on themselves. Majority rule does not mean that Democrats should have the right to continue their support of the corporate agenda by lowering corporate taxes, cutting social services, and raising taxes on the rest of us.”
Tobias Michaels The California budget crisis is a phenomenon that applies to the approximately 24 billion dollar shortfall in the state budget. This number cannot possibly begin to explain the misery that will be inflicted upon the working class of California. The real question for the discerning readers is to ask themselves, why is this [...]
On February 19, the California legislature, after weeks of wrangling, passed a special budget to address the historically high $42 billion deficit. It represents an unadulterated washout for working people who are attacked on almost every front by the Democratic Party, which controls a broad majority in the legislature.
The options available to states to respond to budget crises are limited since states are not allowed to run deficits; they must solve their budget problems immediately. Nearly every state government is reacting to the crisis in essentially the same way: by cutting essential services and raising “secondary” taxes (alcohol, cigarettes, gas, etc). In reality, after spending their reserve funds, states have only two viable options: cutting spending and raising taxes.
Shamus Cooke Social catastrophes are poorly expressed by statistics. A recent study by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities revealed that 41 states are facing severe budget shortfalls for 2009. Some states are worse off than others, with California ($31.7 billion) and Florida ($5.1 billion) leading the deficit pack. In all, the 41 states [...]