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More than 180 California cities vow to sue state if budget is passed
LA Times ^ | 7/22/09 | Alexandra Zavis

Posted on 07/22/2009 7:07:52 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

More than 180 California cities have passed resolutions threatening to sue the state if lawmakers approve a budget plan that would seize $4.7 billion in local funds to help close the state’s massive deficit, according to the League of California Cities.

Judy Mitchell, mayor of Rolling Hills Estates and president of the League of California Cities, described the budget proposal as a “ponzi scheme that passes off responsibility to future governors, legislators and to our taxpayers.”

The plan announced Monday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders uses a variety of means to essentially shift part of the state’s $26.3-billion budget deficit to city and county governments. The prospect of losing $313 million in redevelopment funds and $109 million in gasoline taxes prompted the lawsuit threat from Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday. The cities and league would join the L.A. County lawsuit.

“We want the governor and the Legislature to adopt an honest, credible budget that does not rely on illegal, irresponsible and reckless gimmicks that prevent local governments from doing their jobs of delivering the critical services that they provide,” Mitchell said today.

Also present at today’s news conference were Los Angeles County Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Zev Yaroslavsky; Alhambra Police Chief Jim Hudson, president of the county police chiefs’ association; County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman; Duarte Councilwoman Lois Gaston, president of the California Contract Cities Assn.; and dozens of city officials.

Antonovich said the state government should reduce and streamline its own operations before engaging in “highway robbery” from local funds. Hudson and Freeman said local governments had already been forced to lay off staff in their police and fire departments to balance their own budgets and could not afford to make additional cuts.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; cities; iou; schwarzenegger

1 posted on 07/22/2009 7:07:52 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

I read yesterday the deal let’s the state force towns and cities to “loan” their property taxes to the state for three years! Towns and cities get an IOU for their loan and some measly interest. It just kicks the States problems down to a lower level. This is the most crooked scheme I’ve ever heard.

2 posted on 07/22/2009 7:11:14 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom


3 posted on 07/22/2009 7:20:02 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: NormsRevenge
Solving half of California's budget problem (what caused it anyway) would simply require banning all political activity for any labor organization representing public employees. Politically active public employee unions are the definition of corruption, as they sit on both sides of the negotiating table and steal from tax payers.

Solving the other half would be accomplished by cutting of illegals from benefits. Of course, neither of things will ever happen, so the crisis will never be solved.

4 posted on 07/22/2009 7:29:11 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: NormsRevenge
Despreading the wealth?
5 posted on 07/22/2009 7:46:24 PM PDT by ItsForTheChildren
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What the taxpayer giveth, the state taketh away.

6 posted on 07/22/2009 7:58:14 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: NormsRevenge

Don’t the politicians in Sacramento understand?!? We have IMPORTANT things to use that money for here in Los Angeles!!! burying famous pedophiles.

7 posted on 07/22/2009 8:23:54 PM PDT by Redcloak ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: NormsRevenge

California is broken.

8 posted on 07/23/2009 1:19:15 PM PDT by americanophile (Sarcasm: satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language.)
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To: Minn
Minn said: "Of course, neither of things will ever happen, so the crisis will never be solved. "

Since Kalifornia can't print money, I believe that the crisis will be "solved", if by that one means that the courts will take over the decision-making from the politicians. Soon the courts will be deciding which liberals get paid and which do not.

Do you like butter on your popcorn? It's going to become vastly entertaining.

9 posted on 07/23/2009 6:46:07 PM PDT by William Tell
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