June 20, 2009 (San Diego)--People United Against Cuts is a local coalition formed to oppose the Governor’s recent “All Cuts” budget. A press released issued by the group states, “The Governor’s proposed budget will have a catastrophic impact on children, seniors, people with disabilities, low income families, college students and HIV/AIDS patients. On June 23, 2009, we will hold a rally, march, and press conference in front of the Governor’s San Diego office to voice our opposition to these draconian budget cuts!” Participants are asked to arrive at 11:45. Rally will begin at 12 p.m. with a press conference at the Governor’s San Diego office, 1350 Front Street in downtown San Diego. A march will follow starting at 12:45 p.m. There will also be a Sit-In in the Governor’s Office immediately following the march.
If you would like to participate in the Sit-In, contact Gregg Robinson at (619) 225-0377 or firstname.lastname@example.org for training. You must receive training to participate in the Sit-In. Coalition Partners Include: SEIU Local 221; San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council; Empower San Diego; ACLU of San Diego-Imperial Counties; Center on Policy Initiatives; Justice Overcoming Boundaries; Affordable Housing Coalition; Access to Independence; Children’s Defense Fund of California; International Socialist Organization; ACORN; San Diego Coalition for Peace & Justice; San Diego Disability Action Coalition; UDW Local 3930; CSEA; Supportive Parents Information Network; San Diego County Democratic Party and Plan of Action In A Changing Era.
To access the Coalition’s Facebook page, search “People United Against Cuts”. In the Legislature, Democrats and progressive have sought to stave off deep cuts in healthcare, education public safety and other areas through increased fees particularly for higher-income earners and large corporations to pay a more fair share. Courage Campaign and other progressive groups argue that corporate tax cuts and loopholes through the years have left some high-income earners paying a lower percentage than when Ronald Reagan was Governor.
Republicans have opposed all fee or tax increases, including closing corporate loopholes or increass on the highest wage earners. Instead, Senate Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth (whose district includes East County) and other Senate Republicans have called for improving the state's "anti-business tax and regulatory climate in the state" Hollingsworth said in a press release in May. He added that he believes voters do not want legislators to "keep reaching into their pockets to pay for our mismanagement.” He called for exploration of new technologies to expand industry and create high-wage jobs. Republicans pledged in May to unveil their own road map for California's future, but have not released details.