Hertzberg Calls for Tax Reform
May Revision represents thoughtful stewardship, but underlying tax problem must be fixed to deliver real progress for Californians
SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised state budget proposal:
“Lower-than-expected personal income taxes are a reminder of the precarious nature of the state’s income and the need for broad tax reform to eliminate the wild zigs and zags in revenue that can cause so much uncertainty and harm. We need a stable, growing tax base – not one that will fall off a cliff when the next recession comes.
“The state’s history of experiencing big, unpredictable swings in revenue is a landscape Gov. Jerry Brown inherited. His thoughtful stewardship recognizes that overspending today can mean more pain tomorrow. Until this outdated tax system is fixed, we won’t be able to deliver real and sustainable progress for Californians.”
Bob Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, represents nearly 1 million San Fernando Valley residents of Senate District 18, which includes part of Burbank and the following communities in Los Angeles: Arleta, Granada Hills, Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, part of Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, part of Sun Valley, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, the City of San Fernando and Universal City. See a district map at http://sd18.senate.ca.gov/district. After serving in the Assembly from 1996-2002, including two years as Speaker, Hertzberg invested in solar, wind and electric-car projects; and worked for structural changes in government through the Think Long Committee of California. Learn more at www.senate.ca.gov/hertzberg.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew LaMar
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Capitol Building, Room 4038
Sacramento, CA 95814