For too long, state government officials have been extracting tax dollars from our local communities to fund their special interests. Serving on the Modesto City Council, I dealt with the detrimental effects of the state’s irresponsible fiscal decisions. Cities and counties have been forced to shrink their budgets and cut basic civil services like police and fire response, infrastructure and education. Control is being lifted out of the hands of the people and dropped into those of bureaucrats who reallocate the funds as they see fit.
Taxpayer money should directly benefit the taxpayers. As an Assemblymember, I will fight to keep tax dollars working at the local level, allowing counties and cities to allocate funds where they are most needed to serve citizens.