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Alternative Voice for California:

tim gildersleeve

Candidate for California Senate District 15, 2020


Tax Reform

We are currently in an economic boom in California. Services that were removed from the California budget have been restored. But as I have mentioned in another issue, the poverty rate is still too high in the state and the area.

A concern with the structure of the California budget is how we as a state collect taxes. We may be doing well now, but because of the tax structure of our state, down times in the economy can really hurt the most vulnerable and services will be cut.

I am in favor of a more equally distributed economy in California. This will involve tax reform. The voters should be allowed to weigh in whether they would like to keep the tax structure as is or should we as a state change the structure so the most vulnerable have a greater safety net during down times.

My first order of business on this issue is to confer with the constituents in my district. Once I can ascertain what they might like, we can make changes (with the help of some good analytical economists) or keep the tax structure as is.