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 July 18, 2012

Put a Progressive Business Tax on the Nov Ballot!

Make SF's biggest corporations pay their fair share! 

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• Take Action to Support a Progressive Business Tax!
Links to the Supe's Business Tax Measure + Factsheet
• Some Context: The “Filthy 52"
Thurs 7/26: Demand Affordable Housing for Families!

Call, Email, and Speak out in Favor of Progressive Business Tax!
Coleman Advocates, as part of the Progressive Revenue Coalition, along with Jobs with Justice and other allies, have developed an alternative business tax structure; one that is fair and revenue generating; protects small business and targets the highest grossing corporations.  

Thank you to Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Jane Kim, Eric Mar and Christina Olague for co-sponsoring this measure! 
This Wednesday, July 18th, the Board of Supervisors' Budget and Finance Committee will hold a hearing to consider placing this business tax measure on the November ballot. At the same meeting, the committee will also consider a rival proposal developed by Mayor Lee, which, in contrast to our proposal, would be "revenue neutral" and not require San Francisco's biggest corporations to pay their fair share in taxes.  Both measures include $13 million of new revenue for affordable housing.
Call or email the Board of Supervisors TODAY with the message below*
(click here for the Supervisors’ phone numbers and emails)

And show your support during public comment TOMORROW at the Board of Supes hearing:
When: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 11:00am 

Where: Budget & Finance Committee, City Hall, room 250 (Legislative Chamber)
*Message for the Supervisors:  Thank you for considering changing the City's business tax structure. [And for Supervisors Avalos, Campos, Kim, Mar and Olague: thank you for co-sponsoring the community-driven business tax reform proposal] Since the City's 2001 settlement with 52 corporations that sued to overturn our hybrid gross receipts/payroll business tax system, the City has lost tens of millions of general fund revenue each year--leading to devastating cuts to public services and widespread fee increases.  Mayor Lee's proposal doesn't recover this lost revenue or require the most profitable corporations to pay their fair share.  I urge you to support placing the “revenue positive” Avalos business tax measure on the November ballot.
Click here to read the proposed business tax measure in its entirety 
Click here to download the Progressive Revenue Coalition’s fact sheet on the proposed measure.

Some context: The “Filthy 52”

In the late 1990s, fifty-two of San Francisco’s biggest corporations (the "Filthy 52") sued the City. They wanted to pay fewer taxes--and they succeeded, to the tune of $30 million a year since the lawsuit was settled in 2001. As a result, San Francisco's safety net and essential public services have been slashed to the bone and the 1% and opportunistic politicians have made public sector workers the scapegoats for the City’s annual “budget crisis”.
Click here to read more about the legacy of the “filthy 52”

For more info, contact:
Christina Canaveral, Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, 415-239-0161 ext.12
Gordon Mar, Jobs with Justice, (415) 994-2496,

Demand Affordable Housing for Our Families! 
Stand up for Families that are being evicted and forced out of SF because of increasing rent!

Who/What: YMAC members, along with other youth from Communities United for Health and Justice, are organizing a rally to demand MTA Director Ed Reiskin turn over the Balboa Park Upper Yard Parking Lot to the Mayor’s Office of Housing in order to build affordable housing for our families.

When: Thursday July 26th 1pm to 3:30
Where: Van Ness Ave and Market Street in front of SFMTA

For more info: Call PODER at 415-431-4210 or email

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