Protect Local Services, Stop State Raids and Vote Yes on Proposition 22

THE PROBLEM: STATE RAIDS AND BORROWING ARE JEOPARDIZING PUBLIC SAFETY, EMERGENCY RESPONSE, TRANSPORTATION, TRANSIT AND OTHER VITAL LOCAL SERVICES.

California voters have overwhelmingly passed separate ballot measures to dedicate local funding sources to essential local services and to prevent the State from shifting or raiding local government, transit and transportation funds.  Despite this, last year the State passed a budget that borrowed and took approximately $5 billion in city, county, transit, redevelopment and special district funds. The state could take billions more this year. These raids and borrowing are jeopardizing the services Californians need most:

  •  Police, fire and emergency 911 services have been cut.  
  •  Healthcare services for children, seniors and the disabled are being slashed. 
  • Road repair and maintenance, congestion relief and safety improvements are constantly at risk.
  • Public transit like buses, commuter rail and shuttles are being slashed and fares are being raised.
  • Parks and libraries are closing, and other local government services critical to protect our neighborhoods and improve our quality of life are shutting down.
  •  Vital community economic development and job creation projects are being shut down.

PROPOSITION 22 IS THE SOLUTION:  PROHIBIT THE STATE FROM RAIDING LOCAL GOVERNMENT, TRANSIT AND TRANSPORTATION FUNDS.

Proposition 22, the Local Taxpayer, Public Safety and Transportation Protection Act, on the November 2010 statewide ballot, would:

  • Prohibit the State from taking, borrowing or redirecting local taxpayer funds dedicated to public safety, emergency response and other vital local government services. Prop 22 would close loopholes to prevent taking local taxpayer funds currently dedicated to cities, counties, special districts and redevelopment agencies. It would also revoke the State’s authority to borrow local government property tax funds.
  • Protect vital, dedicated transportation and public transit funds from State raids.  Prop 22 would prohibit the State from redirecting, borrowing or taking the gasoline excise tax (HUTA) allocated to cities and counties for local street and road maintenance and improvements. Prop 22 also prohibits the State from taking or redirecting public transportation account revenues dedicated to public transit.
     
  • Protect local taxpayers by keeping more of our local tax dollars local where there’s more accountability to voters, and by ensuring once and for all that our gas taxes go to fund road improvements. Prop. 22 also reduces pressure for local tax and fee increases that become necessary when the State redirects local funds.   
     

 

Paid for by Yes on 22/Californians to Protect Local Taxpayers and Vital Services, a coalition of taxpayers, public safety, local government, transportation, business and labor, with major funding from the League of California Cities (non-public funds and CitiPAC) and the California Alliance for Jobs Rebuild California Committee
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