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Runner decries taxation without moderation

Posted: September 28, 2012 3:30 p.m.
Updated: September 28, 2012 3:30 p.m.

State Board of Equalization member George Runner addresses members of the Santa Clarita Valley chapter of the Lincoln Club at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia on Friday.

 

Addressing a Republican advocacy group, State Board of Equalization member George Runner didn’t mince words Friday when describing the fiscal state of California.


“It’s baffling,” Runner said. “It’s really head-scratching.”

Runner, a former state assemblyman and senator, spoke with about 20 members of the Santa Clarita Valley Lincoln Club at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia. Also in attendance was Scott Wilk, a Republican running for the 38th District Assembly seat against Edward Headington, a Democrat.

Runner represents the 2nd District, which contains 9 million people and 65 percent of California. The board is charged with enforcing tax laws and serving as a go-between for the public and government on tax policy.    

“It is fast becoming necessary to stop sending money to the state capitol in order to force legislators to “live within our means,” Runner said.

“There will never be enough money to satisfy the spenders up in Sacramento,” Runner said.  

During a question-and-answer segment after Runner’s speech, Hunt Braly, the chairman of the Santa Clarita Valley chapter of the Lincoln Club, said he thinks one of the biggest problems with state fiscal policy is that legislators are not enacting the cuts and reforms they say they are.     

“If you’re not making any of the decisions, you’re not solving anything,” he said.

Gil Gonzales, the Republican candidate for the 25th District State Senate seat, asked Runner whether he thought voters would “get it right” this election in regard to fiscal policy. Runner made it clear that he sees this election as about more than just politics.  “This is all about liberty,” Runner said. “I hope people will see that when you give government more money, you lose personal liberties.”  

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