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California: Tax or Borrow, Either Hurts

June 17, 2003

Re "The State Budget Chasm Personified," June 13: I'm somewhat confused by Senate Republican Leader Jim Brulte's position on California's budget. I understand his argument that a half-cent increase in the sales tax hurts the economy, but what confuses me is why he thinks that laying off thousands of state employees and paying millions in interest to borrow money rather than raising taxes will hurt California's economy less.

Can someone explain this to me?

Jay Stevens

Long Beach

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