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RSM Had No Comment, but L.A. Supes Endorse Prop 30

Less than two weeks after Rancho Santa Margarita City Council passes on officially disapproving Prop 30, L.A. County Board of Supervisors endorse it.

A couple of weeks ago, the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council didn't give Proposition 30 a second thought. Or if they did, they didn't talk about it. Councilman Jesse Petrilla wanted his four colleagues to vote to officially disapprove of Prop 30.

For lack of a second, the item went nowhere and didn't even merit discussion among the group.

Showing just how much of a hot potato the proposition could be for elected officials, in Los Angeles County on Tuesday the board of supervisors voted 3-2 to formally endorse Prop 30, a ballot measure that would raise income tax on those making more than $250,000 annually and increase sales taxes by one-quarter of one cent.

"Voting no on Proposition 30 is playing with fire for the state of California," said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky who, along with Supervisor Gloria Molina, recommended the endorsement.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas also supported the endorsement, while Supervisors Don Knabe and Michael Antonovich dissented.

The state's legislative analyst estimates the proposition would raise as much as $6 billion annually over the next four years, 89 percent of which would go to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges, according to the language of the ballot measure. If not passed, $6 billion in service cuts would be needed to balance the state budget.

Antonovich argued that the state's already high sales tax was driving businesses out.

"We have one of the highest sales tax in the United States," Antonovich said, "and as a result of that, we've had a major loss of jobs."

The measure would increase income taxes on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years and increase sales taxes by one-quarter of one cent for four years.

It would also guarantee funding for public safety realignment, which has shifted responsibility for monitoring parolees and jailing low-level offenders from the state to county governments.

"Without it, we're in trouble," Molina said of the guarantee.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

Gary October 10, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I am so fed-up with paying higher and higher taxes while the general population is receiving less benefit. Entitlements are out-of-control (if you want government money, get off your lazy a$$ and volunteer within your community to reduce government expenses, and say "Thank You"), public service salaries are well beyond justification (Good Lord, based on positive productivity and efficiency of the average public service employee, most of these salaries in combination/compensation packages are ridiculous and inexcusable), and public employee/service pension programs are a sham (what makes you feel you are entitled to retire at 55yrs old while the rest of us work until we are 65-70yrs to pay for your retirement). This state will never grow and prosper until we do away with these aspects of or budget. I have been taxed to death paying for education while being promised the money will only go to education. Remember the lotto, all the money for the schools, where is it now, entitlements.) I assure you, any proposition which is intended to obtain greater revenue through taxing citizens of this state will receive a "NO" vote from me. Every utility bill (water/gas/elect/cable/telephone) in this state has recently been attached with additional fees, placed there by our politicians in Sacramento. While thees are in fact a form of tax, they are referred to as fees. Now they want even more to spend on foolish and outlandish programs and entitlements. "SAY NO MORE - Vote NO".
Nick Wilson October 10, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Jesse couldn't get a second from his fellow council members? Where were the other Republicans on this? RSM is in real trouble with this lack of leadership.
D Smith October 10, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Good for Jesse and Nick, you are right. Where were they.
Lawrence (Larry) McCook October 10, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I am against raising taxes, creating new taxes, floating bonds or creating new Mello Roos. If people knew how much of their Mello Roo payments goes to the service company, they would not be very happy!

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