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Olsen Concerned With Brown’s Tax Proposal

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Sacramento, CA — The Mother Lode’s Assembly member has concerns with Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal released Monday.

Brown’s budget calls for $12.5 billion in cuts to a wide range of programs, and would raise $12 billion in revenue, primarily by extending temporary tax increases that are set to expire. Brown plans to ask voters during a special election in June to continue a 0.25 increase in the state income tax rate, an increase from 0.65 to 1.15 percent in the vehicle license fee, and a one percent increase in the state sales tax. The proposed extension would be for five years.

District 25 Republican Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen states, “I am pleased that Governor Brown is showing the will to pursue tough cuts and balance the budget by identifying 12.5 billion in spending reductions. While his proposal is a good start, relying on voter approval of 12 billion in tax increase extensions is irresponsible when they were clearly rejected by voters in 2009.”

Browns budget calls for cuts to higher education, Medi-Cal and Cal Works. It also proposes that many state services be shifted to the local level.

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