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Raise taxes for infrastructure?

SDUT EconoMeter panel debates wisdom of funding methods


Friday, June 26, 2015

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: NO

Infrastructure improvements are always necessary, but Californians previously approved increased sales and income taxes in 2012. Gov. Brown, primary sponsor of the massive tax increases, said the ship was righted and additional funding would not be needed. California currently ranks first in state sales tax, marginal-income tax rates, gas tax and 14th in per capita property taxes. With taxes already committed for construction and maintenance, taxpayers justly expect better results through currently collected funds.