Young Says He Would Support Further Cuts To The State Budget

Feb. 23, 2012 | AC Transit board member Joel Young says he would support further cuts to the state budget, if elected to the Assembly’s 18th District.

Young’s response came in a questionnaire from the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club. The Progressive group is holding a debate/forum tonight featuring all three candidates in Oakland. It also plans to offer an endorsement afterwards.

Young’s response differs with those of his opponents. Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta and Peralta Community College Truste Abel Guillen also filled out the identical questionnaire.

When asked “Do you support cuts in the next state budget?”, Young checked yes. Both Bonta and Guillen check no.

“Like just about everyone in the state,” wrote Young, “I’d like to cut the budget for the [Department of Corrections]. I’m cautiously optimistic about the prospects of realignment for reducing recidivism among non‐violent offenders. I also believe that every dollar we invest in early childhood education will save us money down the road. I had a conversation with a lieutenant at Santa Rita jail who told me that they use 3rd grade reading levels to predict the future prison population. That’s shocking and perverse.”

In another section, Young said he believes the state’s sales tax is too high. “I think it’s regressive,” he wrote. “I support a 5% tax on services.” Later, he said the threshold for approving local tax measures should be lowered from a two-thirds majority to 55 percent. Doing so, though, often removes the biggest obstacle allowing measures like increases in sales tax from gaining passage.

Bonta said he would not support further cuts to the state budget, but instead focus solely on increasing revenues. Bonta wrote of three possibilities, two of which, he says, appear unlikely, including working with Republicans who have exhibited a hard “no tax” stance, hope Democrats achieve a two-thirds majority, or more likely increase revenues. Bonta said he would continue approving state budget matters by a simple majority from a two-thirds supermajority, explore the use of an oil excise tax, a split-roll property tax, close corporate tax loopholes and increase sales taxes on sugary beverages. Bonta would also raise tax on the “very wealthy,” according to the questionnaire.

Guillen’s stance almost splits the difference between Bonta and Young. “I think there should be a third option–a combination of revenue enhancements and cuts where we can achieve greater efficiencies,” wrote Guillen.

He says $1 billion in state revenues could be redirected from closing prisons and youth correctional facilities. Like Bonta, he would also close tax loopholes, but also increase funding to schools, parks and hospitals. Guillen also supports increasing taxes on the rich. “If we were to take tax rates on the richest 1% of the population back from 9.3% to 10% for people who make over $300,000 and increase and increase rates to 11% for individuals that make over $600,000 a year, we would be able to raise at least $1.5 billion in revenue to fund our shared infrastructure including public hospitals, health clinics and schools.”

Thursday’s Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club forum starts at 6:45 p.m. at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th Ave., Oakland.

Categories: Abel Guillen, Assembly, Election 2012, Joel Young, prisons, Rob Bonta, sales tax

4 replies

  1. What can you say about Joel Young that hasn't already been said? If the legislature is an insane asylum, he's by the far the best candidate for the job.


  2. ^^^^ hit the nail on the head


  3. Joel Young is dishonest and a batterer. He knows how to do political speak but has not demonstrated any results at all in his current office. He does not even follow the law as an attorney.


  4. By MW:

    The person who made the immediately previous comment asserted that Joel Young, and who is a lawyer, does not follow the law.

    Well, do you personally know of any San Francisco area lawyer who does follow the law? In fact, I am unaware of any creature on earth that has nearly as much contempt for the law as the typical lawyer, and in that regard SF area lawyers are far and away the worst of all.

    In fact, most lawyers are not involved in the practice of law at all but instead are involved in:

    ONE, the practice of ignoring, breaking, laughing at, and spitting on the law;

    TWO, engaging in lying and fraud;

    THREE, illegally destroying evidence;

    FOUR, feeding their addictions to alcohol and such hard drugs as meth, heroin, and cocaine;

    (Lawyers have far and away the highest rates of alcoholism and drug abuse of any major profession, and really the only thing unusual about Nadia Lockyer, and who is a lawyer, in that regard is that her addictions to alcohol and drugs became public rather than staying secret, and such as the way most lawyers who are alcoholics and/or drug addicts manage to keep their addictions secret from their clients, the general public, and the media.)

    and FIVE, embezzling the money, and including to fund their addictions to drugs, of their clients and former clients.

    In fact the California State Bar (also known as the CSB), in other words the agency that pretends its primary mission is to uphold standards for lawyers and to protect the public from crooked lawyers, but which actually exists primarily to protect crooked lawyers, even has a secret sytem of two sets of books, and including so as to keep the general public from finding out how extremely skyhigh the rates of alcoholism and drug addiction are among lawyers.

    The way it works is that often when the CSB determines that a particular lawyer has committed grave offenses, and often offenses so grave that the lawyer should not only be disbarred, but in many cases also referred for prosecution leading to imprisonment, the CSB will then send a letter to the client or former client who made tha complaint stating that the CSB's “investigation” found no wrongdoing by the lawyer. And in exchange for the CSB allowing the crooked lawyer to keep his law license, and in some cases the CSB also aiding the crooked lawyer in staying out of prison, the CSB will then collect from the lawyer a lightly disguised bribe that it pretends is a fee for a course.

    The CSB refers to that system of “discipline” by such terms as “private admonishments” and “private reprovals.” And to make it all the more interesting, the CSB, in other words the totally corrupt agency that pretends to regulate California's lawyers and which pretends that its primary mission is to protect the public, is not even an independent agency, but instead is a division, subsidiary, and branch of the California Supreme Court.

    In other words in California we do not have a legal system or a legitimate court system, but instead a totally corrupt cartel and mafia composed of extremely money hungry lawyers and judges who merely go thru their charades and backroom fixes as they pretend they are there to serve and protect the general public.

    To wrap up, I do actually know of a few lawyers in the Bay area who are honest, decent, and ethical human beings, but however they are in a distinct minority among the Bay area's lawyers.


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