As Election Day approaches in a couple of weeks, I wanted to take a moment to talk about a proposition that, if passed, will not be sound economic policy for California. I usually don’t agree with editorials by the San Francisco Chronicle, but their “Chronicle recommends: No on state Prop. 55” hits the nail on the head.

If California voters pass Prop. 55 on November 8th, it would extend temporary tax hikes on the highest-income Californians for an additional 12 years and further increase our state’s reliance on temporary financial “quick fixes.”

Tom Nassif

Thousands of California farmers today feel like the mythological Cassandra, daughter of the King of Troy. Her beauty caught the eye of Apollo, who felt compelled to give the princess a gift – the ability to see the future. However, when Apollo’s love for her was unrequited, the Greek god cursed Cassandra so that no one would believe her prophecies. Thus, she was forced to live the rest of her days knowing the tragedies to come, yet powerless to change the course of events.

Tom Nassif


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