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A Clear State Funding Mechanism Is Needed

September 30, 2004

Your Sept. 26 editorial, "A Hijacked People's Right," criticizes Proposition 63, which would fund efforts to assist mental health by taxing those who earn more than $1 million a year.

California clearly has problems raising revenue. It is difficult for the Legislature to raise funds because of the ridiculous two-thirds vote requirement that necessitates votes of stubborn "caveman" Republicans. The usual funding method on the ballot is the bond measure, but taxpayers end up paying back the bond twice since they fork over interest payments to bankers for decades. Also, an increase in debt can hurt our state's bond rating.

Why not have a clear funding mechanism getting funds from those who clearly have sufficient resources, so we don't have to burden the increasingly squeezed middle class for decades to come.

Bruce Campbell

Los Angeles

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