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San Francisco County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
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My legislative priorities in State Assembly.

By Tom Ammiano

Candidate for Member of the State Assembly; District 13

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Universal Access to Health Care

Quality Public Schools and Colleges

Affordable Housing

If elected to the State Assembly, my priorities will include:

Universal access to health care

I am proud of authoring and passing San Francisco's Health Care Access legislation which makes San Francisco the first City in the nation to provide universal health care. However, I believe single payer health care reform, is essential for California to provide universal health care access.

Quality public schools and colleges

In order to provide quality public schools and colleges, one of my priorities is to bring additional resources to the education system. There are loopholes in Proposition 13 which permit commercial properties to be transferred without triggering an update on property taxes and I plan to look into how these loopholes can be removed. I also would like to take a serious look at "split rolls", where certain commercial properties could be taxed at a different rate than residential properties.

Affordable housing

We hear news daily about the horrible status of our home ownership market with foreclosures on the rise. We must remember that California faces a crisis in the availability and affordability of housing and I will respond to this crisis by promoting housing bond measures, protection of rent control, and other actions that will make funds available for more affordable housing.

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