VIDEO: Voices Around Town | Budget Deficit

How should California deal with its budget deficit?

How should California deal with its budget deficit?

Each week the Voice heads to downtown Mountain View to ask people on the street one question about a current event. This week we asked people what they thought about ways to reduce California's $15.7 billion state budget deficit. Proponents of spending cuts advocate reduction in various programs, while others are wary of cutting services and instead cite the need for tax increases.


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Posted by vfree
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm

All wrong. The fix is simple. Stop spending money you don't have. Stop the bond merry-go-round. Close the public school system down. Stop voting for socialist Democrats. Stop providing services to illegal aliens, and get the unions out government offices.

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Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I think we need to vote for Jerry Browns tax increase in November. We need strong schools and a motivated state work force. In other countries the gas tax reflects the true cost of driving on the roads and to some degree the degradation of the air, increasing the state gas tax little by little would make people drive less and buy cars that get better gas mileage.

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Posted by George
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm

EGADS, above comment by Roger is NUTZO... He would turn us into a 3rd world country... raise taxes, spend more...etc.

First comment by vfree is right on.

It is "our" left wing feel good legislature that got us here... Vote them all out, put in fiscal sensible Independents or anyone other than the current libs....
Get a life, Calif. Do drug tests on Welfare people and make them work on the cleanups on the roads.. If the don't, they can starve..

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Posted by Kristine
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I would cut many small item things and cut banel regulations that offer little in safety and much in hassle. And yes, I would cut the most lowest use bus lines.

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Posted by James
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 4, 2012 at 11:56 am

Web Link

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Posted by Steve Ly
a resident of another community
on Jun 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

A good way to start dealing with the budget deficit is to kill high speed rail, which numerous impartial observers like the state auditor, the LAO and UC Berkeley's ITS have faulted.

Money wasted on high speed rail could be better spend on deficit reduction. We should be given another chance to vote on high speed rail because the project now under discussion is not the project voters approved in 2008. Since HSR is not on the ballot, I plan to send a message of Governor Moonbeam by voting "NO" on his tax increases.

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Posted by James
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Interesting commentary in the Guardian: Web Link

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