Cruz Bustamante on Government Reform

Democratic Lt. Governor; former Candidate for CA Governor

Create better partnerships between state & local governments

[Relations between Sacramento and local government is] more than just not providing state mandates without funding. We should create better partnerships. For example, right now there is an over dependence by local governments on sales taxes. And as a result, there is no emphasis on building homes in our communities. They're building strip malls and auto malls. But they're not building homes. If we would be able to swap out some of the sales tax with some of the property taxes that we have as a state, there would be more of an emphasis by local governments on building the kinds of homes in the communities that we want. We all know that we have a tremendous amount of need out there in the communities. We have 500,000 homes that we need to build in California. That's why homes are so high in terms of their price. Creating that special relationship to fix problems between the state and the county I think, is the best way to go.
Source: Recall Debate, Cal. State Univ. at Sacramento Sep 24, 2003

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