Issue Burton Will Address In Sacramento
Without feedback, there is no growth. As your State Assemblyman, I will work to ensure your government is responsive, reflective, and accountable so that it may improve. I want to make the frustrating stories of dealing with the state a thing of the past with comprehensive reform. I will make sure information is made public, and recommendations assessed to improve government.
JOBS AND ECONOMY
With participation in the workforce at its lowest point in 4 decades, we’re adding the wrong jobs and potentially courting the wrong businesses. Government’s main job is to keep its citizens safe, not tax companies until they leave or keep them from opening in our community. I’ll fight to attract companies to the San Gabriel Valley and keep them here. Also, I’ll reduce red-tape and make most transactions businesses must conduct with the area available digitally. I will also work to create partnerships between local businesses and our local high schools to ensure that our children have quality jobs waiting for them when they graduate.
Government’s first and most important duty is public safety. Violent crime is up 5.2% across Los Angeles County and with the recent passage of Proposition 57, there will be an estimated 16,000 violent criminals being released into our communities. That’s why we need leaders who know what it takes to fight crime and keep our neighborhoods safe. As a Deputy Sheriff and Sergeant (now retired) with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, I’ve done just that, for the past 29 years.
NO NEW TAXES
Across California, government at all levels has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Voters across Los Angeles County just passed Measure M which would create a .5% sales tax increase that will cost taxpayers $870 million, annually, and has no sunset. On the tails of that monumental increase, the Board of Supervisors has placed yet ANOTHER tax increase – this one would cost the taxpayers an additional $355 million a year.
STOP RUNAWAY GOVERNMENT SPENDING
Stop Runaway Government Spending: The government must stop spending more than it takes in. The government must stop spending money on frivolous projects while our roads and schools continue to deteriorate. Adding another tax to our fuel is hurting our hard-working residents and is not being spent where it was promised. We already have a “road tax” in place, use it to repair our roads, not new taxes!
Our elected leaders work for us and when people work for us we expect them to provide consistent updates on their work product – the State of California is no exception. As your State Assemblyman, I will incorporate several measures to enhance transparency. At the end of the day I work for you and I want you to be satisfied that your government is being a good steward of the revenue you’ve entrusted us with.
California has one of the highest income tax rate and the highest sales tax rate. It’s no wonder we also have one of the highest unemployment rates. California is rated at number 48 out of our 50 states as the worst state to run a business. We need to fix this and get business back to California for more jobs in our communities.
We must get serious about this problem, or we’ll never solve it. The fact is, solving this problem starts by controlling our borders, first and foremost. I support fortifying the border with Mexico to protect Americans from drug and gang violence. A secure nation is every citizen’s right. We must always remember to treat everyone with compassion, but we cannot allow compassion to drive misguided policy.
RESTORE LOCAL CONTROL OF EDUCATION
We must return spending and curriculum decisions to local school boards. Sacramento has no business telling us here, in the San Gabriel Valley, how to run our schools. That’s why we elect local school boards - giving parents greater access to basic decision makers. I will remain resolute in my efforts to provide parents with greater control over their children’s future.