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June 19, 2013
Taxes and Government Spending
The Nevada County Republican Party is the party of balanced budgets, limited government, and fiscal responsibility. We believe that taxes in California are too high, and that state government spends too much. We stand for the wise stewardship and responsible use of the people's money. We support without exception and without apology a two-thirds vote requirement for the passage of tax increases, tax increases labeled as fees, bonds, and the state budget. We call for a constitutional ban on any bonded indebtedness to cover general operating deficits. We are against unfunded federal and state mandates. We support the efforts of our Republican legislators to have California's government live within its means.
We call upon our government officials to join a pledge to stand together against any new taxes. Through expanding population and our economic strength we already have in place a system which automatically raises all of the revenue needed to properly meet California's needs. The problems with California's budgets stem from lack of fiscal accountability and control. The answer is not now, and will not be in the future, to increase the tax burden on Californians. We believe that Democrats have not prioritized infrastructure investment with general operating funds leading us to a dangerous amount of bonded indebtedness, further imperiling our state's financial situation, and needlessly passing financial responsibility for current needs over to our children.
We acknowledge a responsibility to those California citizens who cannot take care of themselves. We support reasonable work requirements for welfare recipients who can work, and the termination of welfare benefits for those that can work but refuse to do so. We reject any welfare or social benefits for those who have criminally immigrated into California.
We recognize that unfunded public employee pension liabilities are currently the greatest threat to the financial security of our economy and government. We support the conversion of all public employee pension plans to 401(k)-style plans that provide only the benefits that have been funded by the actual contributions received.
We support the adoption of an optional single-rate system to give taxpayers the convenience of filing their taxes with a 1-page form. We also support the abolition of the death tax.
Government is not equipped to participate, and should not compete, in the free market. Wherever the public's money can be saved and the level of service increased, we call for the privatizing of services now delivered by government.
We reject the unjustified use of rhetoric like "shared responsibility" as justification for an increase of state government spending and wrongly expanding the role of government at the expense of individual responsibility.
We oppose additional bonded indebtedness.
We oppose new taxes on Internet access or online commerce.