Minutes

Government Relations Committee

Meeting April 27, 2009

Call to order and roll call. Vic Viereck, Monte Mazo and Charlotte Laws are present.

No public comment

Prop 1A – Discussion about how it raises the percentage of rainy day fund. But what happened to the current rainy day fund. Doubts about whether raising the percentage is meaningful. 1A means two more years of taxes. It means same funding obligations for education. Greater chance the higher taxes will stay for good because they will have been in place for four years. Created by politicians with too much control by teacher’s union. Many Dems and Reps are against it. Both parties are split on this issue.

Committee votes no on 1A. No motion for the full council to consider.

Prop 1B – More money to schools is not needed. Enrollment is declining and the per student cost is already $11,000. Why can private nonreligious schools do it for half this cost? Suggestion is that some teachers and administrators be fired. Bring down the number of salaries.

Committee votes no on 1B. No motion for the full council to consider.

Prop 1C -  Modernizing the lottery. Borrowing against the future.

Committee votes no on 1C. No motion for the full council to consider.

Prop 1D – Taking money now and has to reimburse later.

Committee votes no on 1D. No motion for the full council to consider.

Prop 1E – Taking away from mental health program is not a good idea. This affects the homeless. More money is needed in this area.

Committee votes no on prop 1E. No motion for the full council to consider.

Prop 1F – No raise for politicians if there is a budget deficit. Legislators work a lot of hours and have a low salary now. But they get a per diem which makes the income quite good. They play the system; they show up for roll call, then leave to get per diem. The committee said they would vote no if the measure said “no salary without a balanced budget.”

Committee voted yes on prop 1F. No motion for the full council to consider.

Valley Alliance report by Vic Viereck

LANCC report by Charlotte Laws

No boardmember comments

Meeting adjourned.