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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Los Angeles County, CA June 5, 2012 Election
Smart Voter

Greg Akili
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Member of the State Assembly; District 59


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

1. How will you prioritize the budget choices the Legislature must make to align the state’s income and spending?

The state has cut as much as can be cut. The next options are to shut down the UC and state college system, and remove state services. Without additional revenues, the state will be so badly crippled that even when the economy rebounds, the state will still be handicapped.

I would support an oil extraction fee. States like Alaska, Oklahoma, and Texas have oil extraction fees and there's no good reason why they same shouldn't go for California.

I support raising taxes by at least 15% on the top 2% of the wealthiest Californians. They must pay their fair share. Tax loopholes must be closed. The federal and state codes allow such holes to persist.

I would also support increasing taxes on luxury items

2. What types of changes or reforms, if any, do you think are important to make our state government function more effectively?

I would support reforms to change how campaigns are funded adopting a system similar to the systems in Arizona and Connecticut with public financing the funding come from fees and fines from major corporations and lobbyists.

3. Fees for public higher education have gone up dramatically and funding has been cut. Is this a priority concern, and if so, what measures would you propose to address it?

Yes it is priority I would support a roll back and a freeze on fees at an agreed level. I would also be an advocate for developing dedicated sources of revenue for the UC California State University System similar to Prop 98

4. What other major issues do you think the Legislature must address? What are your own priorities?

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. References to opponents are not permitted.

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