Eric Moren, 41, worked his way through the California State University system over a 15-year period, with both student jobs and time off for full-time jobs. Like many working-class Californians born in the 1970s, he has worked a broad variety of jobs, and has a deep personal understanding of the difficulties faced by so many people making their way through an economic system that cares nothing for working people. Before earning his degree in Economics in 2007, he worked in retail stores, as a baker’s assistant, in a stockbroker’s office, as a housing coordinator for the disabled, and in stagecraft, specializing in laser effects. He has been a member of the Retail Clerks (now United Food and Commercial Workers) and of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. “I’m proud to be a third-generation union man,” Eric says.
Starting at San Diego State University, then studying at San Francisco State University, Eric completed his Economics degree at California State University Los Angeles. Year after year, higher education in California became less and less affordable, as student fee increases sharply outpaced the rate of inflation. “The promise of a free public education through university level that was adopted by our state in 1960 has been broken, and then broken again,” says Eric. “We need to put California on a quick course back toward free high-quality public education, from preschool through the university. And those most able to pay, the very rich who benefit most from our economic system, must be made to pay for it, as they did in 1960.”
Eric Moren is a candidate for election to the State Board of Equalization (the state tax board) because he thinks working people should be represented on that board. He says “Right now, whether Republicans or Democrats, the Board members really represent the privileged few, not the majority of Californians. When wealthy corporations request tax exemptions and tax breaks, the Board is far too willing to grant them. Every tax cut for the rich increases the burden on those least able to pay, and helps impoverish working people. We need a member of the Board of Equalization who will ask the hard questions, be skeptical of those who want to favor the rich, and make sure that those best able to pay their taxes actually pay them.”