He believes it is incumbent upon elected officials to do all they can to bring in new revenues without hiking taxes. The controller believes that we can bring more money into government by rooting out waste, implementing procurement reform, cracking down on tax cheats, and hiring more auditors.
These are people who are going to be paying taxes and contributing to our economic vitality.
This is a smart investment with a good return. And it's something people can vote on for themselves.
The collapse of this deal reflects a complete lack of confidence in the governor's leadership abilities, among both Democrats and Republicans.
He believes Californians have made it clear that's a tax they would not be willing to support.
The controller said from Day 1 that he would put in whatever was needed to be competitive. Clearly we have a nice financial edge and we'll continue to have it for the rest of the campaign.