Thus, there are no guarantees that the governor or the Legislature will agree to any specific reductions, even if taxes are approved. Brown is essentially saying to voters, "Trust us."
Nothing personal, Governor, but trusting the majority party with taxpayers' pocketbooks is a recipe for disaster.
Republicans must stand united against allowing these tax increases to even get to the ballot. Anyone who has followed state government for any period of time knows the Legislature is loath to cut any government program.
To ask voters to approve tax increases before the governor and the Legislature are willing to make necessary spending reductions is extremely unwise. Furthermore, California ranks behind only New York as the highest-taxed state in the nation. Why should anyone believe that another tax increase will solve any of our state's fiscal woes?
Voters loudly and clearly rejected these taxes less than two years ago. Since that time, government has not shown that it is willing to deal with the budget deficit in any meaningful way. Instead, the tradition of papering over the problem has continued.
I firmly believe that government must learn to live within its means, and until it does so, there is no reason for voters to believe that an increase in taxes will do anything to address the state's chronic budget deficits in the long term.
I believe the state must make the necessary cuts to get the state's finances in line. Until the state is willing to show Californians it is serious about living within its means, voters should not even have to consider raising taxes on themselves to pay for programs we cannot afford.
JIM SILVA is an assemblyman covering the 67th District, which includes Huntington Beach.