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CA Sec. of State Voter Guide: Controller Candidate Statements

by Jeff Powers, published

California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla has released the 2018 Voter Guide. The guide contains all relevant information related to the various propositions and candidate races voters will be asked to weigh in on this June.

This article will focus on the race for Controller and publish the statements that have been provided to the Secretary of State’s office.


With extensive finance experience, a reputation for fairness, and a commitment to the highest degree of transparency and accountability, State Controller Betty Yee serves as California’s independent fiscal watchdog with tough-minded discipline She has safeguarded our tax dollars, uncovering with her auditing authority close to $4 billion directed towards unallowed uses and wasteful spending. Her rigor in cash management has enabled the state’s bills to be paid without any external borrowing. Betty Yee has cracked down on the underground economy where unscrupulous businesses harm law-abiding taxpayers. She led the reform of the State Board of Equalization to uphold taxpayers’ rights for individuals and businesses. Administering one of state’s largest consumer protection programs, Betty Yee diligently works to return hundreds of dollars of lost or abandoned properties each day to their rightful owners under the Unclaimed Property Program. In her policy role on numerous boards and commissions, Betty Yee is an environmental champion, protecting access to our public trust lands and beaches, working with our ports on air quality and sea level rise, and insisting on reduced energyintensive operations on state lands to minimize natural resource and ocean health risks. She also is focused on providing retirement security for public and private sector workers, essential to economic health. Extraordinarily experienced and well qualified, Betty Yee is proudly endorsed by California’s educators, law enforcement community, the Sierra Club, and the State Building and Construction Trades. Keep Betty Yee as Controller who will continue fighting for California’s families. For more information:

Konstantinos Roditis | REPUBLICAN

The job of the Controller is to Protect, Advocate, and Promote policies that benefit hardworking taxpayers and should be void of partisan politics. For too long, the Controller’s office has remained silent, resulting in wasted taxpayer dollars. As your Controller, I promise to be vocal and put your interests first. I will Protect taxpayers by auditing projects such as the California High-Speed Rail System. Runaway waste, fraud, and abuse must end! I will Advocate policies that promote fiscal responsibility. We should always ask, “Are we spending your money as effectively and efficiently as possible?” Repeal the Gas Tax: Only 20% of gas tax funds are actually spent on road repairs; forty-one states fix roads better and cheaper than California! Don’t raise taxes, maximize each dollar and spend wisely. Stop Reckless Spending! I will Promote new common sense plans and tax policies like Trickle-up-Taxation. My plan will break the stranglehold of centralized government by moving decision-making authority from Sacramento to the local level. To learn more about Trickle-up-Taxation, Repealing the Gas Tax, and our campaign, visit


Use taxes wisely providing for people’s needs instead of subsidizing wealthy corporations wasting billions of dollars.

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