“Taxed to the Max” petition drive/Rally Chuck DeVore, Jim Silva & Van Tran

Early this morning I attended a rally by “Americans for Prosperity” that was held at the Orange County Marketplace (aka OC Fairgrounds). Scott Voigts, CRA Vice President, serving as Orange County coordinator for Americans For Prosperity, introduced Assemblymembers Chuck DeVore followed by Van Tran and Jim Silva.

In his opening remarks Assembly Member DeVore shared with us the pending budget woes in Sacramento. Having a 2/3rds requirement for passage of any fiscal legislation, the governor would need to peel off six of the 32 Republican members of the Assembly to get over the top in that House. If all the Republicans stick together there will not be a tax increase.

Assembly Member Van Tran, whose district we were in, basically reiterated Chuck’s comments. The last Assembly Member to speak was Jim Silva who told us that he previously was a member of the OC Board of Supervisors. As such he is well familiar with OC statistics. Jim said that the average annual income in Orange County, based on two members of the family working, is around $75,000 to $77,000. He pointed out that we pay all forms of taxes that collectively are around 50 percent of that average income. If Arnold raises taxes it will place another burden on those of us who live in this county.
In addition to legislative staff members and CRA/OCGOP photographer Steve Sarkis at the rally, we had volunteers gathering signatures from visitors that will be delivered to Sacramento when we meet for what is labeled the “Taxpayer Action Day” rally on the West Steps of the State Capitol on Wednesday, June 11th where the kick off will begin at 11:30 a.m. A press conference will be held at 12:30 followed by our visit to Legislative Offices to deliver our petitions and message. Fifty residents of Orange County will be flying to Sacramento to participate in this Capitol Rally.
The Taxpayer Action Day flyer summarizes our goals and objectives in stating that we need to “meet with legislators to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse and deliver the Message that Californians can’t afford another tax increase. Every day, hundreds if not thousands of individuals gather at the Capitol, demanding their own piece of the budget pie. It is time the limited government tax fighters had their day as well.”

One of the guest speaker will be Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

NOTICE: You can take the pledge without leaving your computer. Download and sign the form to join this fight. Visit www.DontTaxCa.com FAX back to 916.923.2931
For additional information you can also call Elizabeth at 916.648.1222

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