I am formally announcing my candidacy to be the next Governor of the State of California.
If you want to know why I am running, the answer is really quite simple.
Because there are two Californias — the one we have, and the one we could have.
The California we have is in trouble, and we need to do something about it.
We have the highest state income tax in the nation, but today rank dead last in friendliness to business. We have the highest poverty rate in the country. Our unfunded public pension liability has reached the critical stage and we haven’t even begun to fund our huge public retiree health care liability. Our high cost of living, including our regressive taxes are hurting the middle class, with the highest state sales tax, and sky-high gas taxes, traffic fines, and utility rates. The list goes on.
Our state is in trouble, and it’s time we did something about it.
We can begin by repealing Jerry Brown’s massive $52 billion gas tax increase that simply funnels more dollars into CalTrans, one of the most corrupt and inefficient bureaucracies on the planet, without building any new roads.
And on my first day in office, I will act to repeal Jerry Brown’s “Sanctuary State” law to protect our families and communities from violent illegal felons.
There was a time California was the envy of the nation. My mom and most of my family moved here, when we were truly the Golden State. The best schools, best roads and highways, a financially sound public pension system, good and plentiful jobs, affordable housing, and quality health care.
I believe that’s our best hope for putting our state back on the road to financial accountability, to getting government off the backs of the small businesses that create jobs and, and out of the pockets of those who today must often choose between buying groceries or filling their tank to get to work.
There are two Californias, all right. Isn’t it time we chose the one that could be? To restore the promise of a decent life in the Golden State?
The future doesn’t belong to Republicans or to Democrats. It belongs to our children. Let’s leave them a California worthy of their dreams.