Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
Fortunately for Californians, Prop 29 is on the June 5th ballot as a new $735 million annual tax and spending mandate.
Rarely if ever seeing a tax she did not like, Dianne Feinstein, would gladly foist another ill-conceived boondoggle on the CA taxpayer. There can be little doubt how the Queen of tax and spend,” will cast her own ballot on this initiative.
Prop. 29, the so-called California Cancer Research Act, is a flawed and poorly drafted measure that would create a new unaccountable state bureaucracy filled with political appointees. The measure will be voted on at the June 2012 election.
Few doubt that cancer research is important, but California can’t afford to start a new billion-dollar spending program when we have a $10+ billion budget deficit and can’t pay for critically needed existing programs like education and health care.
Here’s why a growing coalition of California taxpayers, law enforcement, labor and small businesses have come together to oppose this poorly drafted, flawed measure:
- Billions in New Taxes, but Nothing to Fix the State Budget: Raises taxes by $735 million annually without allocating any money to pay down our $10+ billion budget deficit or fund existing critical programs like education or public safety
- Allows California’s Tax Dollars to be Spent in Other States and Countries: Does not require any of the new tax revenue to be spent on research in California, or even the United States. Tax money raised from Californians should be spent in California to create jobs.
- More Wasteful Spending: Allows a new, unaccountable board to spend up to $110 million every year buying buildings and real estate for huge for-profit companies. Nothing requires those buildings to be built-in California – they could be out of the state or even out of the country.
- Permits Conflicts of Interest: Allows organizations represented by Commissioners to receive taxpayer funding from the new Commission.
- Circumvents Voter-Approved Protections for School Funding: Voters approved a constitutional amendment requiring 40% of new tax revenue go to schools, but the career politician behind this measure is using a loophole to get around this requirement.
Just as voters have turned away from Prop. 29 they are turning toward Elizabeth Emken to replace Mrs. Feinstein. Elizabeth Emken is eminently qualified to replace her. Where Senator Feinstein has been “TOO WRONG” for “TOO LONG” for the U.S. Senate, Elizabeth Emken will turn those wrongs RIGHT.
Elizabeth served in management, financial analysis, and corporate operations at IBM. As an efficiency and cost cutting expert, Elizabeth utilized activity-based cost analyses to identify administrative savings across IBM U.S. – helping streamline operations, eliminate waste, and save the company millions of dollars.
Elizabeth graduated from UCLA in 1984 with degrees in Economics and Political Science. Her studies included course work at Cambridge University, where she focused on political and economic issues in China and the Middle East.
Elizabeth Emken has served as an advocate for developmentally disabled children, most recently as Vice President for Government Relations at Autism Speaks, the Nation’s largest science and advocacy organization devoted to this devastating disorder/syndrome.