It is 7 a.m., 48° and headed to 54° with rain all day. Oh why did I decide to go to Berkeley today?
Details for the next 10 days are here. Look this morning for this: Activists will unveil April Fool’s Day “GMuni” and block a Google bus. It will start at 8 a.m. at a yet undisclosed Google bus stop.
Ah the anti-tax folks will hate this report from the California Budget Project that looks at the tax policies followed by Kansas (cut taxes) and California (raised taxes with Prop. 30).
Recent experiences in California and Kansas support this evidence — increasing taxes in California did not curb economic growth, while decreasing taxes in Kansas did not boost economic growth. What is clear, however, is that large tax cuts in Kansas — most of which went to high-income households — have significantly reduced state revenues and resulted in cuts to the state’s schools and other public systems and services, while promises of economic improvement have failed to materialize. Meanwhile, in California, the revenues provided by Proposition 30 have provided the state with the fiscal policy space to boost school funding, pay down debts and liabilities, and begin to reinvest in other public structures and supports as the state’s economy recovers.
Yes, any talk of tax policy can be either a jolt this early in the morning or soporific. In case it was the latter, here is your only-in-SF moment: a Kickstarter campaign to raise $91K for a glossy magazine on the gluten-free world. Or there is always this bit of ridiculousness: $2549 for a studio apartment in Casa Dolores.