Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Hates Cannibis Tax Break Says “No Budget Cuts” Proposed

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
(Last Updated On: December 11, 2019)

Note: “Let us be clear – Mayor Schaaf and her administration oppose ANY cuts to the budget at this time. That’s why we oppose the Council’s proposed $4 million tax break for the highest-grossing cannabis businesses in . The City Council asked us to identify the least-impactful cuts needed to maintain a balanced budget IF the tax-break is approved. Our response to the Council’s request is to freeze new positions that have never been filled, as well as delay recently approved increases to services that have yet to be enacted.”

Justin Berton, Spokesperson for Mayor

, CA – On Friday, December 6, 2019, Mayor sent the following message to residents regarding City Council’s proposed $4 million a year tax-break to ’s largest cannabis businesses.

A message from Mayor :

This Tuesday December 10th, our City Council is poised to give a massive $4 million a year tax-break to ’s largest cannabis businesses. I urge you to call your councilmembers to oppose this reckless give-away.

Last Spring, the City Council already reduced taxes for the smallest 150 of the 195 registered cannabis businesses in . Tuesday’s proposed action will benefit the largest businesses — with most of it going to a handful of businesses that gross more than $1.5 million a year!

And IF the City Council approves this irresponsible tax-break, insist they are transparent and responsible by specifying the services they will cut to pay for it. By law, the City Council must maintain a balanced budget.

A tax break for the wealthiest cannabis businesses is a bad deal for ers. Our city faces urgent challenges and is under-resourced to solve them. Even though we are spending historic amounts of resources to combat our homelessness crisis and build more affordable housing, we are still deeply under-funded in those critical areas.

How can we justify a massive tax break for big cannabis right now?

I urge you to contact your City Councilmember today and ask them to vote “no” on the big cannabis tax-break.



ACTION REQUEST: Call your Councilmember at 238-700[your district #] or Email all Councilmembers to express your concerns at [email protected]. At Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan’s office can be reached at 238-7008.

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