Solano County

Statewide education group honors Wolk

By From page A9 | May 21, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The California County Boards of Education on Sunday presented state Sen. Lois Wolk with its legislator of the year award for her ongoing support of public education.

This is the first time the award has been bestowed in years, due to historic budget cuts to education during the state’s economic recession.

Heidi Weiland, California County Boards of Education president, praised Wolk’s efforts on behalf of the Local Control Funding Formula, the Local Control and Accountability Plan and Common Core state standards.

Weiland said the award is reserved for legislators who have an ongoing track record of supporting public education and have worked on legislation to promote better educational opportunities for California children and communities.

“This is a great honor,” said Wolk, D-Davis, in a press release.

Wolk previously taught seventh through 12th grades in both public and private schools.

The California County Boards of Education advocates for the state’s 58 county boards of education and public schools.

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 20, 2014 - 5:24 am

    Wolk also has the worst voting record in the state on small business issues. That trend continues with Wolk's SB1021 that would subject commercial property to large tax increases, raising rents to small businesses statewide.

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  • Rick WoodMay 20, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    Maybe if we fixed the property tax we could eliminate the state's corporate income tax.

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 20, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    Rick, I don't believe one has anything to do with the other. Eliminating the corporate tax can stand on its own, particularly if we did it incrementally over a number of years. I don't believe the property tax system in California's broken. What are you suggesting?

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  • Rick WoodMay 20, 2014 - 3:56 pm

    I'm suggesting actually doing something instead of talking about it. That means compromise. Abandon the corporate income tax in exchange for a split role property tax where commercial property is reappraised more often than just upon resale.

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 20, 2014 - 4:25 pm

    Rick, that isn't compromised. That just moves tax dollars from one bucket to another. If you respect small business and want to really get the economy growing again, get rid of the corporate tax code and leave prop 13 alone.

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  • Rick WoodMay 20, 2014 - 6:56 pm

    Have you noticed you're uncompromising? I have. Hence we're stuck. The difference is the tax moves from economic activity to wealth. In addition, it's not a one-to-one trade. Then compare what other states do with property taxes for a more stable source of government income. We're way out of kilter. Your bucket analogy is too simplistic.

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 20, 2014 - 7:03 pm

    Rick, removing commercial property from prop 14, or tax it unequally as Wolk currently proposes, will cost jobs, increase rents and slow down economic recovery. On that I am proudly uncompromising. Wolk is a mixed bag and over all has done more damage than good.

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  • Rick WoodMay 20, 2014 - 7:44 pm

    OK, so we keep the corporate income tax. We tax economic activity and not underutilized property, and we get what we deserve.

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 20, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    Underutilized property?

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 20, 2014 - 8:03 pm

    Rick, you keep going back to the concept that if we did get rid of the corporate tax code, that we would need to generate tax revenue somewhere else. Again, that can stand on its own and would generate more tax revenue in the long run. Wolk's bill will die like every other attempt to take property out from Prop 13 protection. I can think of a number of seniors here in the area that are on fixed incomes and commercial rents are what keeps them going. Wolk's bill would raise rents for small business. I'm not sure if you realize how many of those businesses are already on the brink of closing. Wolk's bill, the paid sick leave bills, Steinberg and Leno's new minimum wage bill, new gas taxes and the oil extraction tax proposal are threatening any chance of economic recovery in California. Thankfully, Governor Brown is pushing back on these issues.

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  • Rick WoodMay 20, 2014 - 8:19 pm

    And you keep going back the cases that make bad law, seniors and struggling businesses, when we need to fix the property tax. Prop 13 doesn't "protect" commercial property as much as it deprives the government that serves everyone of needed revenue. Other states depend much more on property taxes and thrive. What our system does is subsidize underutilized commercial property. Slumlords love it because it gives them more profit. When McGinnis Corner sold in downtown Fairfield, the new owner had to put in some businesses that would give a return on the investment, including the higher property taxes. He's managed it and downtown got some revitalization. Enough of the old-time owners who pay practically nothing in property taxes. Encourage them to sell or upgrade by stopping the property tax subsidy. So, you see, that stands alone too. But I'm willing to support a compromise.

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  • Rick WoodMay 20, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    Congratulations, Lois. Keep working on those funding formulas for low income districts like FSUSD.

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  • Rich GiddensMay 20, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    Yeah, right----let Lois shovel even more money at the public screwels without any improvement in test scores or graduation rates.

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