PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

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Enough is enough

By From page A5 | October 31, 2012

EDITOR:

With all due respect to our county Superintendent of Schools, more taxpayer money is not the answer. We have finally reached a point where the madness needs to stop. I think the majority of people will no longer tolerate the mismanagement that is rampant in this country. We are constantly being told that more funding is needed to resolve a problem and if they don’t get the funding then bad things will happen. I would say there needs to be many more brainstorming sessions to come up with alternative answers rather than increasing taxes.

California, including the Federal Government, have got us where we are and the problems do not stop with education. The politicians’ mindset is to spend and spend and we’ll deal with the consequences later. Well here we are. California alone spends an estimated $5 billion taxpayer dollars a year on illegal immigration in the form of Welfare, Medicaid and yes, Public Education. Recently the 95667 zip code alone received close to, I believe, $15 million in Federal Stimulus that went to education. Last year the California Lottery awarded around $1.3 billion dollars to public education, charter schools and universities which represents only around 30 percent of the California Lottery pie. These lottery funds are non-discretionary and can be used for salaries and benefits.

California is now proceeding with the “train to nowhere” which is now way beyond the projected costs and not what the taxpayer was led to believe. How much more are they going to ask for that pet project? We were just hit with a forced fire tax (not fee). We could go on and on with examples of poor decisions but I think that we are finally at a point where the taxpayer will not put up with it anymore. For the State of California, a good start would be to stop spending taxpayer dollars on illegals and start spending those tax monies on legal citizens. That $5 billion would go a long way towards the education of our children. The State and Federal governments have got to stop the frivolous and wasteful spending and be more accountable for when and what they do spend. Until that time comes, I’ll vote NO! on any additional tax increases.

D.B. SMITH
Placerville

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