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Decentralizing California’s State Government

January 6, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 5 (UPI) — California Gov. Jerry Brown says he intends to decentralize state government by returning many functions to cities and counties.

With the passage of Proposition 13, a cap on property taxes in 1978, Sacramento “started the centralization of power,” Brown said. Proposition 13 “took away the power of counties to tax, for the most part; it sent the decisions up to Sacramento. So we want to redistribute all that,” the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

All politics is local. I am a big proponent for a tax up system where most of the tax revenues remain in the local communities. If that trend takes root in California it could have consequences down the line for the role of Federal Government as today’s top down State government model becomes less important to local citizenry. I have proposed on this web site that we need to create community based health care as a primary component of State Medicaid/Medi-Cal. We need more control at the local level to insure better quality schools through local involvement. If revenues stayed local, we would have more control and more autonomy over our communities and related services, schools included. We need to be as independent as possible shifting the roles around where local becomes primary, and State is secondary. The model is one where the majority of state tax revenue would remain locally, and the remainder go to the State. The State government will become smaller by virtue of less tax revenue flowing to it and would be forced by default to make the government run with less and be more efficient. This is not a Tea Party idea. It is a progressive idea and I am on board with our Governor with his plan to remake California so Californians are more in touch with governing through localized government.

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