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California crisis solvable

Posted: June 18, 2009 9:00 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
California is in a crisis. Much of its making is due to the severe national recession.

But much is also self-imposed by the archaic and regressive constitutional requirement that the budget and any associated tax increases be passed by no less than two-thirds of each house of the Legislature.

The Legislature has been reduced to hearing ever more desperate appeals from individuals, groups and organizations that are all deserving.

We need health care, scholarships, AIDS funding, parks and dozens of other vital programs. We realize that all will be cut, but we want all to be cut less.

It is time that the Republicans stop shielding the huge multi-national corporations like oil, tobacco and developers and begin to serve the people and the state of California.

We could solve our budget problems if these corporations were required to pay their fair share.

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