State Budget and Tax Reform

With the eighth largest economy in the world, California has massive wealth, remains a global hub for business technology and innovation and has some of the richest and productive farmland in the world. Yet, in less than two decades, we have gone from the home of the greatest public educational system in the world, with one of the highest state per-pupil spending in the nation, to the state with one of the lowest per capita spending rates, a position which now threatens California’s long term economic competiveness for generations. As one of ten California Calls regional anchor organizations, CAUSE is dedicated to bringing about state tax and fiscal reform. Central to this strategy is building a based of 500,000 progressive tax and fiscal reform voters statewide (27,000 in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties), targeting communities of color, youth and new and occasional voters. As part of this effort, in 2010 CAUSE’s intensive voter engagement effort was instrumental in the passage of the landmark state budget reform initiative, Proposition 25, in Ventura County.

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