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Orange County, CA November 2, 2004 Election
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Taxes, Wasteful Spending and the State Budget

By Tom Harman

Candidate for Member of the State Assembly; District 67

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California taxpayers are staggering under a massive tax burden. In order to provide tax relief, we need to hold the line on excessive government spending.

Here are some facts on the state budget situation:

  • According to the Legislative Analyst, California faces a built-in deficit next year of $8 billion
  • The budget shortfall the year after that will be an estimated $10 billion
  • The projected deficit for the next five years approaches $50 billion
  • State government spending has increased nearly 40% over the past three years of Governor Davis' term in office
  • During the past fiscal year, the Democrat-proposed budget attempted to raise spending by more than $400 million
  • During the past fiscal year, Democrats attempted to raise taxes by nearly $5 billion.

I balk at this level of irresponsibility. If my family doesn't have money for something in our budget, we postpone the expense. I'm sure you'd want me to maintain the same level of fiscal responsibility at the state government level. This is why I did not vote for the 2002-2003 budget, nor the one the year before this.

Thanks to efforts by Republicans in the State Assembly, we were able to reduce the governor's proposed budget shortfall of $24 billion to a "mere" $8 billion, and avoided raising taxes. But that's not good enough. We must do better, starting now.

California does not have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem. Californians are simply fed up with paying high taxes and seeing their hard-earned dollars wasted. So am I. That is why I have made fighting to protect California's taxpayers one of my highest priorities.

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