Fact-Check The Budget

Steven Greenhut: The Republicans are doing something useful for a change. Here’s a statement from Assemblyman Jim Nielsen:

Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) announced today that in order to better inform Californians about how their tax dollars are being spent by the government, Assembly Republicans are launching www.CABudgetFactCheck.com, an interactive, non-partisan web site, dedicated to provide key budget facts.

“We live in a day and age when we can and should empower the greater public by sharing with them various studies, facts and findings which influence the legislative decision-making process in the government,” said Nielsen. “For example, there has been a great deal of noise about tax increases and how that should be the solution to the California budget deficit.  However, revenues are growing at a strong pace; in fact, personal income tax collections are 10 billion dollars higher than what the Governor projected previously, proving once again that the real problem that we have is state spending and not the lack of adequate revenues.”

Nielsen said that through this new medium available to all Californians, they now have the opportunity to hold government more accountable and investigate in greater depth crucial state issues which impact their lives and pocketbooks.

The web site is meant to be interactive, allowing individuals to leave comments, ask questions, or share their opinions in writing and even video format.

“Over the past few years, many fee and tax proposals like the ‘Fire Tax,’ that impact people’s lives, have been inserted into the budget with little to no public or legislative input,” said Nielsen. “Through this new medium, you will now have the chance to see the entire picture and to participate in the budget process.  I encourage all Californians to express their opinions and ideas through this new website.”

JAN. 10, 2012

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  1. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 10 January, 2012, 14:19

    Why would I believe a republican any more than a democrat???

    Your memories are so, so short. Get back in your time machines and return to Feb. 2009.

    Neither party represents your interests.

    Never forget that.

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  2. queeg
    queeg 10 January, 2012, 14:29


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  3. Bruce Ross
    Bruce Ross 10 January, 2012, 18:13

    Steve, it’s a fine start — if it could use a bit more clarity and organization — but “non-partisan”? How many non-partisan web sites do the Assembly Republicans launch?

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  4. Steven Greenhut
    Steven Greenhut 10 January, 2012, 20:04

    Bruce — You are so right. That’s their language, not mine. I just posted their press release because I do think it’s useful to post as much budget info as possible. Thanks. –Steven

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  5. Bruce
    Bruce 10 January, 2012, 23:04

    Ah, now I see your colon after the first sentence. My mistake.

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  6. Sylvia Robles
    Sylvia Robles 11 January, 2012, 10:10

    At the Grand Terrace City Council Meeting last night, the Mayor read a statement that schools will not get any additional money and abolishing RDA’s to fund schools was a big lie. One Coucilman asked if we would lose our library, well it is a County library and I wonder why he did not know that? A group of planning commissioners and developers attended the meeting to discuss planning ordinance for in-fill housing. Months are ticking by and development that could bring $1 million dollars to General Fund has been delayed, one reason, the city had a full December agenda with it’s annual birthday party-which by the way is a private affair- but we taxpayers do pay the insurance, we just can’t attend.
    Enough of that, what the FactCheck leaves out is that only 6 Republicans voted to end RDA. Nielson to his credit did vote to end RDA’s. FactCheck needs to keep us informed about RDA shutdown.

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