Urban Legends Die a Slow Death

When it comes to taxing and spending, urban legends abound. And despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many budget myths seem to live on (and on, and on). At a budget “townhall” at Berkeley City College last Saturday sponsored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, I examined ten top budget myths and the facts that disprove them. While these are a few of our favorites, I’m sure that all of our readers have some of their own. Email your favorite urban legend about the budget – the one that drives you absolutely crazy – to cbp (at) cbp.org and we’ll take a look at as many of the submissions as we can over the upcoming weeks and months as the Legislature moves into high gear on a spending plan for 2010-11.

— Jean Ross

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