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