AFSCME offers Legislature budget solutions 

The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is pushing a new budget proposal that it believes will solve the state’s deficit with almost $30 billion worth of revenues.

AFSCME began delivering its recommendations to state legislators last week, which include phasing out of the state’s ineffective enterprise zone program, repeal of the tax breaks given to multinational corporations in exchange for passage of the 2009 state budget, the ending of offshore tax havens used by multinational corporations, the imposition of an oil severance tax, an alcohol and tobacco tax, the closure of existing corporate tax loopholes, an extension of a reduced sales tax to services such as entertainment and sporting events, and the restoration of high-income tax brackets to their levels under Govs. Ronald Reagan and Pete Wilson.

AFSCME says it will work with the Legislature to identify more solutions. It is also asking legislators to hold town hall meetings and budget hearings across counties, according to the organization.

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