Gov. Brown and Community, Labor Coalition Reach Agreement on Budget Proposal

A Statement from SEIU United Service Workers West President Mike Garcia

Los Angeles, CA — On Tuesday, March 14th Governor Brown and a coalition of community and labor groups reached an agreement to propose a ballot measure to temporarily raise the state’s sales and income taxes this fall. According to California’s Department of Finance, the proposed increase would raise between $7 billion to $9 billion dollars, providing much needed revenue to fund the state’s health, educational, and social services as well as infrastructure projects.

Mike Garcia, the president of California’s largest union of property service workers, issued the following statement:

“Yesterday Californians from all walks of life came together to unite behind a revenue initiative that ensures those who have prospered from better days make possible California’s comeback in the years ahead. It’s an example of how we can reach solutions to our state’s toughest problems when we work together.

We appreciate the efforts of all involved that helped improve the governor’s initiative to make it a more equitable and more progressive tax proposal for the working people and 99% of this state. It’s an initiative that will mean the 1% will pay to mend the economy they wrecked.

If passed, this measure would not be a small step towards a renewed California but a leap towards a shared prosperity for the state’s working people, including the janitors, security officers, stadium and airport workers who make up United Service Workers West.”

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