Stateline Story

Delegates Speak: California on Federal Funding

Wed. Aug. 28, 2008, 9:00 a.m. EDT

Q. What serious issue in your state would you like the next president to address?

During the last eight years, we've seen the federal government abandon states like California with huge urban populations. When you look at the rate of return of tax dollars generated in California, it's been an abysmal rate of return, especially when you compare it to the previous eight years under the Clinton administration.

I believe under an Obama administration, you'd have a better coordination of services between the federal and state level. You'd actually have the federal government funding the programs that they mandate. You'd have government integration that works in a much more meaningful way."

-California delegate John Perez, 38, of Los Angeles, representative of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, interviewed by Pamela M. Prah, Stateline.org.