State of California Archives: on Tax Reform


Jerry Brown: Only choice is raise taxes to deal with extreme difficulty

At this moment of extreme difficulty, it behooves us to turn to the people and get a clear mandate on how we should proceed: either to extend the taxes as I fervently believe or cut deeply into the programs from which--under federal law--we can still extract the sums required.

From the time I first proposed what I believe to be a balanced approach to our budget deficit--both cuts and a temporary extension of current taxes--dozens of groups affected by one or another of the proposed cuts have said w should cut somewhere else instead. Still others say we should not extend the current taxes but let them go away. So far, however, these same people have failed to offer even one alternative solution.

Wherever I look, I see difficult choices. But I also see a bright future up ahead and a California economy that is on the mend.

Source: 2011 California State of the State Address Jan 31, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Our economy is 21st century & our tax system is 20th century

The basic problem is that our tax system does not reflect our economy. In 2009, California's economic growth declined only by 2.8% but our tax revenues were down more than eight times that much.

Our economy is diverse, whereas our tax system is not; 144,000 taxpayers pay almost 50% of all personal income taxes. Now, think about that--38 million Californians have to rely on 144,000 people for their schools, their public safety and so many other services. That makes absolutely no sense.

Now, here is what we need to accept. Our economy is 21st century and our tax system is 20th century. It is stuck in the wrong century.

The Tax Reform Commission proposed major, radical reforms. Now, some people right away said they are too bold and thu they would be too hard to enact. Now, what do they mean too bold? Bold is what we do in California. And what do they mean too hard? If I had hesitated in my career every time I made a move because it was too hard, I would still be yodeling in Austria.

Source: California 2010 State of the State Address Jan 6, 2010

Carly Fiorina: Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new or increased taxes

Carly has signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge promising that, as a U.S. senator, she will not vote for any new or increased taxes on California's citizens or enterprises. As it is, the federal government already takes a significant chunk out of every American's paycheck, and there's little transparency with respect to how those taxpayer dollars are being spent.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, carlyforcalifornia.com Dec 25, 2009

Bill Jones: Extend the Bush tax cuts

I support extending the President’s tax cuts because we need to provide stable tax incentives for our job creators to invest in California and the US You do this by providing long-term tax rate reduction. We do not grow the economy or provide the jobs needed by the population if we continue to have unstable tax policies. The President’s tax cuts will lower the tax bills for 12.4 million Californians this year. Eleven million more will benefit from the new 10% bracket.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website jonesforcalifornia.com “Issues” Oct 15, 2004

Bill Jones: Move beyond tax cuts to tax simplification

We must move beyond tax cuts to tax simplification. Since President Reagan’s dramatic tax simplification proposals, the federal tax code has grown out of control. The tax system is now riddled with billions of dollars in special grants and other forms of “corporate welfare” that have developed to compensate for unintended consequences. We must make the rules simpler, the tax burden fairer, & move to a code that allows us to reduce the overall costs to our families, our employers, and the federal budget.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website jonesforcalifornia.com “Issues” Oct 15, 2004

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2012 Presidential contenders on Tax Reform:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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