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Submitted by on 1, April 3, 2008 – 7:29 amNo Comment

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that California is facing a huge budget deficit for next year. And the folks in Sacramento are publicly considering raising something you never thought they’d even speak of this early in the budget process. (Five letters. Come on. No, it’s not “hell.”) Lenny Goldberg, a lobbyist and executive director of the public-union-supported California Tax Reform Association, will expand on this novel concept in a talk he’s giving from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Alameda Free Library, Conference Rooms A&B, 1550 Oak Street. The talk is free and is being presented by the Alameda Public Affairs Forum. Goldberg will talk about how he thinks tax reform can solve the state’s budget crisis and help California, one of the richest states in the Union, actually maintain some quality schools, roads and health care. But if you can’t wait until next Saturday to find out all the different ways some of the state’s major public unions think we can raise our taxes, the group has conveniently posted a one-pager (on April Fool’s Day, no less) right here. The list includes reassessing commercial property – a move Goldberg’s crew estimates could reap more than $6 billion – plus higher taxes for rich folks, a half-cent sales tax increase, a carbon tax and limits on corporate credits or exclusions. For more information on the event, call the forum at 814-9592 or check out their website at http://www.alamedaforum.org/.

And while we’re on the subject of things we don’t have enough money for, (or maybe we do?), tomorrow the Island will feature guest editorials from folks who are both for and against the parcel tax.

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