Paul Robinson of HechtSolberg has accepted an invitation to debate Lorena Gonzalez concerning the merits of Proposition 30. The debate will be aired live on October 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on U-T TV, the new television venture of the San Diego UnionTribune, and on the U-T’s website.
Robinson, the leader of HechtSolberg’s Land Use, Zoning and Planning practice group, will outline the case against Proposition 30; he was invited to participate in the debate because of his position as incoming Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County and current Co-Chair of its Legislative Affairs Committee. Gonzalez, the CEO and Secretary-Treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO, a coalition of 133 local labor unions, will argue in favor of the Proposition.
According to the State Official Voter Guide, if passed, Proposition 30 would increase State personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000.00 for seven years, and will increase State sales and use taxes by 1/4 cent from 7.25% to 7.50% for four years. Among other issues surrounding the ballot measure, proponents and opponents disagree whether there is sufficient specificity in the proposed law to ensure resulting revenues must be spent on education programs, rather than being available for the State’s general fund, or for funding deficits in teachers’ pensions.
We are proud that our partner has been asked to engage in this public forum to debate one of the most important decisions facing voters this November.