|The Senator Reports
||September 11th, 2008|
Why New Taxes Would be Detrimental for California
By Senator Mark Wyland
The biggest controversy hindering budget negotiations is whether or not to raise taxes. Democrats and the Governor believe that the state has a revenue problem and that taxes must be raised, while my Republican colleagues and I firmly believe that California has a major spending problem.
New taxes hurt the state's economy-period. When families pay higher taxes, they have fewer funds available to be consumers with, thus depressing the economy. As these families buy less, businesses need fewer employees, thus people lose jobs. Additionally, taxes increase the already high cost of doing business in California, even further jeopardizing the economy. This exact scenario occurred after taxes were raised in 1991. Over next two years, the state's revenues actually dropped by $2 billion.
New taxes will not solve a budget crisis. It's time we start controlling state spending, implementing serious budget reform and increasing accountability for your tax dollars.
Senator Mark Wyland represents the people of the 38th Senate District, which includes cities in north San Diego County and the south Orange County cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.
If you would like to get a message to Senator Mark Wyland, contact his San Diego County District office at:
Senator Mark Wyland
1910 Palomar Point Way, Suite 105
Carlsbad, California 92008