July 20, 2010
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Lincoln Club Remains Opposed to City Sales Tax Proposal
Business and consumers insist on “reform before revenue”
(San Diego) – The Lincoln Club of San Diego County remains steadfastly opposed to any attempt to raise the City of San Diego’s sales tax, including a renewed proposal by Council President Ben Hueso.
Upon learning Hueso’s proposal was docketed for discussion at the City of San Diego Rules Committee hearing on Wednesday, July 21, T.J. Zane, President & CEO of the Lincoln Club, said it was nothing more than “the same pig with a new shade of lipstick” and renewed the strongest possible objection to the idea.
“Mayor Sanders listened to the business community and taxpayers, and wisely disavowed this ill-considered idea,” said Zane. “He recognized that it was not the proper time to discuss a sales tax increase while our local economy is just starting to revive itself.”
“Addicts defend their behavior by rationalizing it. Council President Hueso is no exception. He promises that a sales tax increase would only be used to ’preserve essential services.’ Hueso also promises the city will really, really pursue reform this time, if only we’ll give them a little spending money to get by for now. How sadly predictable… Addicts will promise just about anything to get a fix.”
“This is a smokescreen and we all know it. While this particular tax increase might be spent on public safety, it will simply allow the City to shift other sources of revenue to funding outrageous pension obligations.”
“Sometimes addicts have to hit rock bottom before they recognize that they need to change. Our city is as close to rock bottom as it’s ever been,” said Zane. “Park and library hours have been cut, and public infrastructure has fallen into disrepair.”
“We thought the message was loud and clear, but we’ll say it as many times as we need to: The Lincoln Club calls on our elected officials to step up and take responsibility for making the tough decisions we elected them to make. Reduce spending, get serious about managed competition and pension reform, and live within your means before asking hard-working San Diegans for another dime of their money, no matter what you claim it’s for,” concluded Zane.
About The Lincoln Club
The Lincoln Club of San Diego County is the only organized, business-oriented political action committee in the County that makes an impact in local elections by supporting pro-economic growth policies and candidates.
The Lincoln Club’s membership is comprised of politically like-minded and influential business and civic leaders from across the broad spectrum of the county’s diverse economy. As an influential and respected political organization, The Lincoln Club unites behind clear, focused messages that resonate within the business community; fills a void in public debate as a reasoned, pragmatic voice on business and economic issues; and avoids divisive social issues, uniting and building victories in a political marketplace overcrowded with more picket signs than actual accomplishments.
Visit www.sdlincolnclub.org to learn more.