A young Betty Yee worked in her immigrant parents’ laundry and dry cleaning business, where she dealt with customers, and with money.
After graduating from the University of California, Yee held jobs in which she was responsible for analyzing and collecting billions of dollars, including senior fiscal positions for the state Legislature.
Gov. Davis tapped Yee to serve as the chief deputy director for budget in the Department of Finance, where she helped prepare the budget.
Voters elected Yee to the Board of Equalization in 2006. For the last eight years she has represented 9 million people on the nation’s only elected tax commission.
Yee has supported public education, backing Proposition 30 to bring new revenue into the system. As state controller, Yee would sit on the governing boards of CalSTRS and CalPERS.
Yee’s opponent has a very different history. As mayor of Fresno, Ashley Swearengin has presided over a city with a troubled fiscal record. She sought to balance the budget by privatizing municipal garbage collection, a misguided idea that was rejected by voters.
Betty Yee is clearly the better choice.
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