CA Dems also splitting on social-services spending

CA Dems also splitting on social-services spending

Democrats fighting logoAs noted in a previous blog, “CA Dem vs CA Dem on taxes,” California’s virtual one-party state is developing fissures. One is over taxes.

Another is over spending on social programs. New Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, and others believe Gov. Jerry Brown is too frugal with the tax dollars, despite the $7 billion extra coming in from Proposition 30, and want to spend more. The Times reported:

“Too many Californians are not part of this economic growth,” De Leon said at a lunch hosted by the Sacramento Press Club, where he called for making higher education and career technical training more affordable and accessible.

Income inequality is particularly stark in California, he said, adding, “Education is the greatest equalizer we have.” He also said the Senate would pursue efforts to increase the number of jobs associated with green technology.

De Leon said Democratic lawmakers would try to restore the social services safety net, including an expansion of child care for working mothers, by offering changes in this year’s budget but conceeded, “The resources are finite. There’s not a lot to play with.”

That dovetails with President Obama’s push to make community college classes free.

But de Leon is not pursuing policies that could provide relief for the poor and middle-class families by reducing housing costs, such as reducing the powers of the California Coastal Commission to stunt property development; and limiting the powers to restrict housing growth of Local Area Formation Commissions — LAFCOs.

He also could work to repeal SB 375, the 2008 law that restricts suburban housing growth — “sprawl” — to promote high-rises like in the old Soviet Union and mass transit. Which in turn raises prices for the poor and the middle class.

But none of those reforms will happen. Hence the push for higher taxes — which also will hit the poor and the middle class — to pay for more programs to alleviate the damage done to the poor and the middle class by high taxes, LAFCOs and the CCC.

Surf’s up!

 

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  1. Terry
    Terry 31 January, 2015, 08:38

    The only thing the democrats know are more taxes and govt control of everything. Never reduce govt and govt boondoggle spending to stimulate economic growth.
    Only THEY know anything.
    That is why there is a huge never before depression coming

    Thank you democrats and RINO pretend Republicans.

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 31 January, 2015, 10:53

    Geesh! Almost choked on my cinnamon toast and Floretine omlet. Kinda rough post Bro!

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  3. fletch92131
    fletch92131 31 January, 2015, 16:52

    California Dems would probably prefer to have a few thousand more windmills, or maybe some extra/more solar concentrating projects in the desert, all with useless results, rather than allow some fracking to occur.

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  4. Ted Steele, Janitor
    Ted Steele, Janitor 31 January, 2015, 20:41

    I “guess” what CWD wants is a party locked in goosestep like the republicans?

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  5. TruthandtheAmericanWay
    TruthandtheAmericanWay 1 February, 2015, 13:57

    Terry & fletch92131 have it right. The progressive, socialist, liberals, along those along with their idiot rinos, and democrats have only one goad, it seems, TAKE THIS COUNTRY DOWN WITH ABUSIVE TAXATION. Remember, California is now tied with Mississippi on their economic deficiencies, which means we are at the bottom and there is no relief in sight. Reasons for this funded and unfunded debt somewhere around $1.3

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  6. TruthandtheAmericanWay
    TruthandtheAmericanWay 1 February, 2015, 14:01

    CONTINUING – TRILLION DOLLARS, a bogus train project, a broke bay bridge, zero water policies, broke CA medical care program tied to Obama-care, abusive budgeting issues, bloated state payroll, abusive union contracts created to obtain votes, etc…

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  7. Sick of Politics
    Sick of Politics 1 February, 2015, 20:49

    DeLeon complains about the income gap while promoting more immigration and amnesty which costs Americans jobs!

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