SHARING THE BURDEN OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY

10 TAX POLICIES FOR $20 BILLION

Updated for the California Working Families Policy Summit 2010 February 25, 2010

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With the state facing a current deficit and ongoing yearly deficits of $20 billion, the survival of basic services and a healthy public sector is at stake. To address this looming future, the burden of recovery must be shared fairly—in contrast to the current path by which public services, the poor and education have taken the largest cuts and the middle-class has borne the increased tax burden.

The following summarizes 10 measures which will spread the burden in a way which arguably have a minimal impact on economic growth and recovery. These include eliminating new loopholes recently opened, taxing untaxed windfalls, ending tax breaks with no benefits, imposing taxes on the very rich, and increasing sin taxes.

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