Surprise! Unions, Legislature admit taxes kill jobs, then cut taxes

Aug. 17, 2012

By John Seiler

The Democrats in the Legislature are backing Gov. Jerry Brown’s $8.5 billion tax increase, Proposition 30 on the November ballot. They’re saying it’ll increase jobs by “investing” in California’s future.

But they’re also saying that tax increases kill jobs and that tax cuts are needed to promote jobs — for the powerful Hollywood film industry, whose leftist producers, directors and actors give big Spacebucks to Democats. What a coincidence.

The story:

“The California Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill that would preserve funding for the state’s film and television tax credit.

“The Assembly voted 70-4 in favor of the bill, which extends funding for the program another two years. California allocates $100 million annually toward tax credits, which are doled out by lottery because of limited funds. Funding was due to expire next year.

“The film industry had been pressing for a five-year extension to show the state’s commitment to the industry, which is being lured away by other states with strong incentives. But that proved a tall order in light of the state’s budget woes.”

The left-wing Directors Guild of America, left-wing Teamsters union, and left-wing SAG-AFTRA (screenwriters) union said in a statement:

“Without the extension, the State of California will have no chance of competing with more than 40 states and many foreign countries that offer generous incentive programs to retain and attract qualified motion pictures and television programs, resulting in the loss of tens of thousands of middle class jobs and all the ancillary economic benefits that a thriving entertainment industry brings to the economy.”

What these left-wingers really are saying is: “Cut our taxes and pay for it by raising taxes on everybody else, including the sales-tax increase in Prop. 30.”

But if tax cuts are good for left-wing Hollywood, then what the rest of us need is tax cuts — not the Prop. 30 or other tax increases.


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  1. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 17 August, 2012, 11:35

    It’s how liberals do everything–they just start exempting their friends from the burdensome regulations and job killing taxes.


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  2. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 17 August, 2012, 11:49

    It’s how liberals do everything–they just start exempting their friends from the burdensome regulations and job killing taxes.

    Except it is not just liberals,it is all who are in power, pulling strings for family and friends.

    I was just watching a video on RT 2 days ago that talking about the lack of criminal prosecutions on Wall Street, I thought specifically Goldman Sucks and MF Global, and how these people should be in prison. But they’re not, they are connected in. Jon Corzine is not being prosecuted after a $1.6 BILLION fraud-it boggles the mind;

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  3. marie
    marie 17 August, 2012, 11:51

    Govenor Brown is just doing to California – what obama is doing to the country…tearing it down piece by piece! He spends our money foolishly and doesnt give a crap about what he spends it on! We sure have 9 billion dollars to spend on a useless high speed rail from no where! Like all of their projects, it will be half built, and they will run out of money..Thats how the democrats work! The democrats have destroyed the once great state of California…and they cant say otherwise, cause they have been running California for the past 25 years.They keep raising taxes and people are moving out of this sucked up stated faster than his speed rail! I cant wait to move out of this state…

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  4. Queeg
    Queeg 17 August, 2012, 12:23

    That’s right just be grumpy and miserable for not being fortitious and grabbing on some of the many feedbags. Sitting in your singlewide moaning the blues on gloom and doom web sites only nets you a recurring baloney sandwich and a can of Old Milwaukee for dinner!

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  5. Bob
    Bob 17 August, 2012, 14:01

    DemoNcrats are some of the very worst hypocrites.

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  6. Bob
    Bob 17 August, 2012, 14:01

    But I’m sure the Stealy one can explain all this.

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  7. Queeg
    Queeg 17 August, 2012, 19:15

    We are realists….rolled over long ago….we are sucessful forecasters…invested in Keyenes not that trickle down voodoo economics fairy tale…..better than hedge funds!

    There still may be time to join us.

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  8. sidewinderaz
    sidewinderaz 18 August, 2012, 05:35

    To Queeg,
    Keyenesian economic policies are nothing but pipe dreams. There isn’t enough money in the world to support their government controlled economic idealism.
    The cold hard facts are that no matter what you do there will always be the poor. What we have created, starting with LBJ’s “Great Society” is four generations of dependents on handouts from the government. Before the government became the “nanny” there were churches and charitable organizations that would help those in need get on their feet so they could live the “American Dream” instead of waiting for the next handout from “Uncle Sugar”. The same holds true for FDR and Social (in)Security.
    The fact is the Keyenesian policies you mention are part of the reason this country is spending more than it takes in and is following the path of Greece.

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  9. Joe
    Joe 18 August, 2012, 15:18

    This article supports a theory I have had for a long time, that the California government/government unions (they are now one and the same) clearly understand what kills jobs, and intentionally support laws and regulations to kill jobs held by those who will usually vote Republican.

    Since the natural resource industries and manufacturing (except for the mostly discredited “green” energy industry) have been under attack, the workers who lost their jobs have had to move out of the state to support their families. I think this accounts for the current huge difference in Democratic vs. Republican voters in California.

    An article on 12/13/10 by Bill Watkins in says “since 1990, according to the U.S. Census, 3,642,490 people, net, have left California.” That is a lot of voters. I am guessing most of these who were adults would vote Republican, but I have no data to support this other than the large majorities the democrats have established since the Pete Wilson years.

    NOTE TO CALWATCHDOG: Please do not give my name other than my first name; my daughter is applying to colleges this year and my comments would be held against her.

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  10. Queeg
    Queeg 18 August, 2012, 16:00

    Then why are Democrats always in control?

    Your Voodoo economics is great for slave master globalists….

    Queeg keeps you grounded!

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