New Year Wishes for the California Budget

Here are my two big wishes for the California budget. The real bottom line is to create a better than ever California, with justice and peace, great schools, environment, and jobs. The challenges are huge, but the Occupy Movement has inspired real hope, and the movement will not stop. My wishes:

One: Begin to get rid of the 2/3 majority vote requirements for raising revenue. My wish is that 2012 will be a banner year for increasing people’s awareness of how the 2/3 requirement has handed a small minority veto power over taxing the rich, and has kept in place an excuse-ridden system that produces cuts-only budgeting in our wealthy state. Voters can fix this.

Two: Begin to implement publicly-owned banks in California. My big wish is for a State Bank to be established, so that it will partner with local banks and credit unions; provide good loans to homeowners, small businesses, and students; and invest in California not Wall Street.

My part in all this? By running for statewide office as a Green Party candidate I’ve become more and more expert on the process of the budget. I plan to share my expertise and insights in every way I can.

Post a Blog-a-Day on the Budget

As we enter January 2012, my goal is to blog frequently on the budget. January is the month the annual budget process (fiasco!) begins in California. The Governor is required to introduce a balanced budget proposal by January 10, and the Legislature is required to pass the annual budget bill by midnight on June 15.

Provide a Voice for Budget Solutions rather than Budget Excuses

We’re setting up speaking engagements and interviews at colleges, on radio and TV, and every other medium possible, How can you help? Post your questions and comments; provide speaking opportunities; and spread the word so people know we can have a “revolution of solutions.”

Another California is possible.

About Laura Wells: Solutions
I ran for Controller in California in 2014 on a State Bank and Tax The Rich platform. I am part of the “No Corporate Money” Campaign, in which candidates pledge to take no corporate money and voters declare our intention to vote for no-corporate-money candidates. As a Green Party candidate for Governor of California in 2010, I was arrested outside a gubernatorial debate for “trespassing at a private party.” But we won't stop, and so let's create a "public party" where we debate solutions to California's finances, like implementing a State Bank and taxing the rich -- to reduce the disparity and open up opportunities. Twitter: @LauraWellsCA

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