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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/12/2017 12:36 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/12/2017 12:36 PM
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Runner Blasts Budget Move to Strip Taxpayer Rights

Sacramento, CA...George Runner issued the following statement today in response to sweeping budget legislation that would strip the Board of Equalization of nearly all its current functions: "Taxpayers must be warned: the so-called 'Transparency and Fairness' legislation announced today by the very politicians who just voted to raise your gas tax, is neither transparent nor fair.

"This last-minute budget power grab would strip California taxpayers of their right to bring their tax appeals before their elected peers. In its place the bill would establish yet another unelected and costly tax bureaucracy.

"It's a sad but true reality: the only real alternative to an elected official is an unelected state worker.

"The proposed changes go far beyond issues identified in recent audits, nearly all of which have been addressed and corrected by the Board.

"Changes of this magnitude should not be rushed through the budget process, bypassing the deliberative process. Instead they should go through the normal policymaking process to allow public input."

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George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as an elected member of the State Board of Equalization. For more information, visit

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Gay tie
Posted on: 2017-06-12 12:57:38   By: Anonymous

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    Democrats Steal Your Money
    Posted on: 2017-06-12 15:56:42   By: Anonymous
    This is just one more cash grab by Gerry Brown and his cohort Democrat thieves ruining this once great state.
    They want all your money and then some more so they can spend, spend, spend till we're all dirt poor.
    Except them of course. Some Pigs in the barnyard are more equal than others.

    Remember: Keep Voting Democrat and Keep Getting Screwed!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-12 14:34:45   By: Anonymous
Or, to sum up, the state is stripping George Runner's committee of its power to mess things up further. Not surprising that George is unhappy about that.

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    Re: Truth Prevails
    Posted on: 2017-06-12 21:41:17   By: Anonymous
    In reality, the Liberal Democrat idiots are being very quit about this Because Runner is Right.
    Just as YOU are being stripped of your Rights by those Demonrats you love.

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      Re: Truth Prevails
      Posted on: 2017-06-13 15:46:45   By: Anonymous
      "Runner is right." Yep, far right, and trying to make people think he and the board have done a good job. Evidence to the contrary. They waste taxpayer money.

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        Re: Truth Prevails
        Posted on: 2017-06-13 21:21:41   By: Anonymous
        You must have slept through civics class.
        The Board of Equalization only collects tax, Gerry Brown and his clownish cohorts spend as fast as they can.

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