Tom Del Beccaro, former Chairman of the California Republican Party, announced Sunday his campaign for the US Senate to succeed Democrat Barbara Boxer.
According to his press release, he plans on focusing his campaign on the States economic recovery and the drought. He also plans to push for a nationwide flat tax while trying to make California a water-technology leader.
Del Beccaro joins Democrat Kamala Harris (Attorney General) and Republican Rocky Chavez in the race to succeed Boxer.
According to his website, he is running for Senate because because he says he can and will offer California voters a choice – not just between parties or amongst candidates – but a choice of ideas and plans as well.
For most of the last twenty years, California has had one-party rule in the U.S. Senate and the California legislature. The result has been a state that is #1 in poverty, at the bottom in education, and suffering from chronic under-employment, water shortages and budget problems. Not coincidentally, California has the highest combined tax, regulatory and debt burden in the Country
He also says:
As your U.S. Senator, I will advocate for bold changes for California and the Nation so that prosperity is not limited to the well connected or to the well to do.
Principal among those policies will be:
- A flat tax for the Nation and California,
- The repeal of California’s high speed rail bond, and
- A comprehensive program to make California a world leader in water technology, infrastructure and distribution.
Here is a press release from Tom Del Beccarro. For more information, visit www.delbeccaroforsenate.com
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (Apr. 24, 2015) – Tom Del Beccaro, former Chairman of the California Republican Party, today announced the launch of his campaign for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) seat in 2016. Del Beccaro who has toured California extensive over the last decade promises a vigorous campaign.
“As a candidate for U.S. Senate, I will advocate for bold changes for California and the nation so that prosperity is not limited to the well-connected,” said Del Beccaro. “I support a flat tax nationwide, the repeal of California’s high speed rail bond and a comprehensive water infrastructure and acquisition program for California. California, which historically has been a hi-tech leader, should be the world leader in water technology to meet the challenges of tomorrow and we need a new generation of leaders who will champion the policies necessary to foster that.
“Californians deserve to have a tax system that favors everyone, not just the rich. For years, the Democrats in Congress and the California Legislature have cut deals that they claim will bring jobs to our economy, when, in reality, for many our economic growth remains stagnant and many citizens live paycheck-to-paycheck.”
Del Beccaro concluded that “It is time to return to an era of economic growth and away from political division, which arises when government picks winners and losers instead ensuring prosperity for all.”
About Tom Del Beccaro
Tom Del Beccaro is a business and real estate lawyer, the former Chairman of the California Republican Party and a Contributor for Forbes. Tom is Publisher of PoliticalVanguard.com, author of The New Conservative Paradigm and the upcoming book The Divided Era, set for release in May, which provides solutions to the growing division in American politics today. Tom has spent over 15 years in politics, where he also held positions such as Vice Chairman of the California Republican Party and three terms as Chairman of the Contra Costa County Republican Party.
Tom is a frequent talk radio and television commentator across the country. His Op-Eds have appeared in places like The Washington Times, Investors Business Daily, The Weekly Standard, Politico, The Daily Caller, Human Events, The Sacramento Bee, The Modesto Bee, The Press Enterprise, The Orange County Register and The San Francisco Chronicle.
In the last 14 years, Tom has made over 1,100 speeches/panel appearances throughout California for community groups and at places like the San Francisco Commonwealth Club, Western C-PAC and the University of California at Berkeley.
CA & The Nation Deserves Tax Reform Fact Sheet on California Tax Problems & Democrat Support For Tax Reductions to Create Jobs
Crony Capitalism in California:
- SacBee Columnist Dan Walters: “The movie industry and Space X situations exemplify an attitude in the Capitol that goes something like this: If you are a politically incorrect business, your taxes should be raised, but if you are trendy, like space or travel, our your executives contribute heavily to Democratic campaigns, like the film industry, you should get tax breaks.” Sacramento Bee, 4.23.14
- California Assembly Appropriations Committee Chairman Mike Gatto, D Los Angeles: “I don’t believe in chasing individual companies. That looks too much like crony capitalism and extortion.” Dan Morain, Sacramento Bee, 9.17.2014
California’s Volatile Tax System:
- “Mr. Brown, in one of his saner moments earlier this year, said that relying on millionaires to pay the bills causes ‘more volatility’ in revenue collections.” Wall Street Journal, Governor 13.3%, Jerry Brown’s Latest California Accomplishment. 3.27.12
- Dan Walters: “California’s volatile tax revenue still a problem” Modesto Bee, 3.25.12
- Revenue Uncertainty – Unsustainable California: The Top 10 Issues Facing the Golden State, Autumn Carter, CACS.org, 6.11.14
The California Competes Program to promote economic growth:
- “The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to business that want to come to California or stay and grow in California.” Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
Tax Cuts for Hollywood (AB 1839):
- “This law will make key improvements in our film and television tax credit program and put thousands of Californians to work,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement.
- “Hopefully we will create thousands and tens of thousands of jobs … That’s what we’re investing in. Yes, it’s taxpayers’ money, but it’s taxpayers’ money to build the jobs of the future.” Gov. Jerry Brown.
- “This is a crown-jewel industry that provides jobs and opportunity for middle-class families in every region of our Golden State. We’re sending a powerful signal today that we are 100% committed to keeping the cameras rolling and the bright lights shining in our state for years to come,” said Calif. Senate President Pro-Tem-elect Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles).
- California Senate committee approves quadrupling the tax incentives for film and TV production, The Washington Post, Aug. 14, 2014
- “I’ve heard from so many people over the past year who have told me about their family being torn apart because production left the state,” said Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D), a bill co-sponsor, said in statement. “This proactive effort ensures well-paying jobs stay in California and families remain together.”
Tax Cuts for Tesla:
- Gov. Brown burned by timing of Tesla decision in gubernatorial debate, The Washington Times, Sept. 5, 2014
- “California is a land of opportunity. This is the place of Google, this is the place of dreams, of the best agriculture in the whole country,” said Brown. “I know we’re hearing California run down and how bad it is and poverty and no jobs – that’s not the picture of California that I know and love. I love this state and I know it works, and I can tell you this, the last four years, we haven’t solved all the problems, but boy, what momentum we have.”
- “I’m pleased we could take this action to encourage Tesla to expand its electric vehicle production in California, which will create green jobs and improve our air quality.” Bill Lockyer.
Tax Cuts for Space Flight Industry:
- “This tax credit is exactly what the aerospace industry needs to remain competitive for the next decade,” Assemblyman Steve Fox, D-Palmdale, author of Assembly Bill 2389
- “The space commercialization industry is not only developing some of the most advanced space vehicles in the world,” stated Assembly member Al Muratsuchi, “but is also creating thousands of local, high-paying manufacturing jobs.”
Jerry Brown Used To Understand the Problems With The Federal tax Code
- In 1992, Jerry Brown promoted a flat tax of 13% when running for President. He called the federal tax code “a wet blanket, a ball and chain on the economy of this country.”
There is Broad Support For a Flat Tax:
- In 1992, when Brown his Dr. Art Laffer inspired tax reform, the New York Times supported a single rate of 19% in conjunction with the removal of exemptions, NY Times: Mr. Brown’s Flat Tax, 3.27.92
- “62 Percent of Americans Say They Favor a Flat Tax” Reason-Rupe Poll, 4.15.2014
For more information, visit www.delbeccaroforsenate.com