Thank you for the privilege and opportunity to serve as State Controller, California’s independent fiscal watchdog. I am proud of the accomplishments of my office during my first term to safeguard our tax dollars: expertly managing the State’s cash, avoiding any external borrowing to pay the bills for California; diligently uncovering close to $4 billion in public funds directed towards unallowed uses during state and local agency audits; aggressively improving state and local government financial reporting for increased transparency; and successfully reforming the State Board of Equalization to ensure uniform application of state tax laws and protecting taxpayer rights. With respect to my policy work on numerous boards and commissions, I am focused on providing retirement security for public and private sector workers and environmental stewardship to protect access to public trust lands and beaches and to address community impacts from port air quality and sea level rise. Looking ahead, I will continue to prepare California for the next economic downturn as well as serve as a leading voice on the economic effects to Californians of the changing nature of work and global climate change. I am grateful for the support of California’s educators, women’s organizations, environmental community, the women and men of the building and construction trades and law enforcement, and more who recognize the need for my 35 years of state and local finance experience, reputation for fairness, commitment to accountability, and tough-minded discipline in the office of State Controller. I would be honored to earn your vote.
The Controller's office doesn’t think you pay enough taxes. They want to tax your doctor's visit, childcare, home and vehicle repairs, haircut, you name it they want to tax it. The result, you will pay hundreds if not thousands more a year in taxes. No on a Service and Labor Tax. We can't afford it. As Controller, I will fight to make California affordable, not seeking new ways to tax you. Yes on Prop 6: Politicians waste billions and only use 20% of gas tax funds towards road repairs. We pay four times more to fix a road than Texas. We have the money. As Controller, I will expose and stop the corrupt political backroom deals and end the waste, fraud, and abuse. Defund the High-Speed Rail: As Controller, I will Audit and Defund HSR on day-one. Environmentally Smart Policies: Don't waste billions of gallons of water and refuse to capture it and then look to tax us for using more than 55-gallons of water a day for our entire family. I will focus on solutions, not tax increases. Since the Controller is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of California, doesn’t it makes sense to have a CFO and visionary businessman that understands economics, fiscal responsibility, and balancing a budget as your next Controller? It’s time for a principled independent-minded Controller with no union, corporate, or special interest money. Vote to make California affordable. Vote for solutions, not tax increases. Vote Konstantinos Roditis for Controller.
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