Sen. Ted Lieu’s vehicle tax plan: Let’s hope it gets on ballot

Nov. 16, 2012

By Chris Reed

State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Redondo Beach, is launching a push for a 2014 constitutional amendment that would more than triple the vehicle license fee, also known as the car tax. Here’s hoping it makes the ballot. I still have plenty of faith that voters won’t just go along with giving Sacramento billions with no truly binding strings attached.

Instead, it takes precisely focused blackmail like Prop. 30 to bully California voters into line. It may have been dishonorable to sell a tax-hike prop with a specific warning that schoolkids would suffer unless it passed, but it was effective.

Before 30’s approval, one has to go all the way back to 1990 to see state voters approve a tax hike that hit everyone. And as recently as June, voters rejected a specific tax hike on smokers, which is striking, given how often smokers are treated like pariahs.

So instead of being leery of Lieu’s looming larcenous lunge, let’s welcome it. A lopsided voter rejection of a tripling of the car tax would be a great reminder to Sacramento that taxpayers still don’t trust them.


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  1. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 16 November, 2012, 08:44

    I predict a major loss for Teddy Lieu’s pension tax 🙂

    I wonder if this teddy is OUR teddy ????

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  2. Bill Hough
    Bill Hough 16 November, 2012, 09:00

    After last week’s results, I have no hope that California voters will reject this tax. In addition to 30 and 39, idiot voters approved countless tax/fee increases at the local level. Look for accelerated departures of productive taxpayers.

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  3. Mntngoat
    Mntngoat 16 November, 2012, 09:08

    i hope it passes I want to see CA go pass the tipping point, go BK and hopefully the people will finally get fed up with the crazies and kick them to the curb

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  4. Michael
    Michael 16 November, 2012, 09:29

    Some thoughts…
    First, Sacramento pols and the unions do this every year. Why do you think teacher’s contracts have a clause that calls for layoff notices in March?
    Second, the CTA and other unions will pour $25 to $40 million into this as well. I can see the ads now, “Vote for the car tax or your streets will crumble and you won’t be able to drive to work.” And then there’s the second ad, “It’s only the rich that will really pay. Don’t you think they should pay just a little more to keep their Rolls and Bentley’s.”
    Third, the only answer is to really begin governing from the ballot box. We started with Prop 13, now it’s time to do the same thing and limit Sacramento’s take. Say we eliminate the sales and property taxes and institute a 6% flat rate income tax.

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  5. Bill Hough
    Bill Hough 16 November, 2012, 10:36

    Problem is, as taxes and spending go through the roof, normal and productive citizens will simply up and leave, allowing the State’s downward spiral to continue.

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  6. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 16 November, 2012, 11:25

    “I predict a major loss for Teddy Lieu’s pension tax”

    Rex, you are either a hopeless optimist or a glutton for punishment. The well known flakiness and ignorance of Crazyfornia voters makes these things hard to predict. Voters in this state are highly erratic and tend toward the irrational.

    As an indication of how far things have deteriorated here, wasn’t it just a decade ago that Governor Gumby got booted out office in part for jacking up the car registration tax? Now his superannuated former boss is running the state and his party has been given a mandate to do as it pleases. Maybe this is because the demographic tipping point has been reached and what used to outrage a majority of taxpayers is now deemed acceptable by a new majority of tax takers. This seems also to be the case at the Federal level to a lesser extent.

    The new paradigm bodes ill for the minority who are net taxpayers. Maybe it’s time for all of us to get on the gravy train and see what’s behind door #3. What does the lovely Carol Merrill have for us today? If we dress up funny and make a fool of ourselves maybe Governor Monty Hall will give us a free Frigidaire or an Amana Radar Range. If we really hit the jackpot we could win an all expense paid trip on the Not So High Speed Train to Nowhere and end up in MortgageBailoutWorld, FreeCollegeEducationWorld or FreeHealthcareWorld!

    Get on the dole folks and get what you can while you can before we get reabsorbed by Mexico and have to start paying a gringo invader tax too.

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  7. Alan
    Alan 16 November, 2012, 19:24

    Sure glad I am retiring in 7 months and leaving this moronic state. Good luck to you who remain.

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  8. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 16 November, 2012, 23:01

    First, Sacramento pols and the unions do this every year. Why do you think teacher’s contracts have a clause that calls for layoff notices in March?

    Federal law covers teachers under The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)reaqires 60 days notice.

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  9. joel strom
    joel strom 17 November, 2012, 08:16

    Agree totally. Part of a new GOP has to be that we play chess, not checkers. The Dems never miss a chance to help us self-destruct so we should return the favor. Get this on the ballot and see what happens if we can then get our candidates to oppose it! I will help in any way I can to help.

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  10. Bubba
    Bubba 18 November, 2012, 09:07

    Any bunch of people dumb enough to elect Jerry Brown for a third term and vote for massive tax increases such as Prop 30 deserve to have their VLF trippled!

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