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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:00 am

The greatest threats to California are the cost of public employees’ pension plans and statewide efforts to combat carbon dioxide emissions, according to an advocate for limited government, lower taxation and free-market principles.

Pension plans for public employees and new regulations regarding climate change will destroy California’s economy, said David Spady, state director for Americans for Prosperity in California. Spady was the guest speaker at Monday night’s Lodi Citizens in Action meeting, the community’s Tea Party Patriots affiliate.

Regarding pension plans for public employees, Spady criticized labor unions that represent government employees for encouraging state and local government agencies to approve pensions for double or more than employees made while they were working.

That practice has allowed state and local government agencies to threaten voters with a loss of vital services if they don’t approve a tax increase, Spady said

The other major threat Spady cited was the state’s plans to carry out the Clean Air Act of 2006. State agencies are in the process of removing individual private property rights and personal liberties to enact mandates from the act, he said.

That includes the state phasing in regulations that cities and counties require a majority of housing be multi-family and within walking or biking distance from stores, Spady said.

Spady told Tea Party supporters that, due to the state’s poor credit rating, it costs Californians $2 for every dollar the state borrows to finance voter-approved bond measures and to pay the cost of legislation state officials approve. At the federal level, each taxpayer owes $148,000 to pay off the federal debt, he added.

It’s like putting your child’s Christmas “gift” under the tree, but instead of a gift, you put a note telling your child that mom and dad bought themselves things they wanted and giving the child the bill, Spady said.

“It’s unconscionable what we’re doing,” Spady said.

Although California has more Republicans than many people think, Spady says that, unfortunately, they have given up hope in enacting change in California, Therefore, many Republicans don’t bother to vote, and they tend to send more campaign contributions to candidates and causes in other states because they feel their campaign money won’t be wasted, he said.

For more information on Lodi’s Tea Party Patriots affiliate, visit www.lodicitizensinaction.com.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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