Want to extend Prop. 30 tax increases?

Want to extend Prop. 30 tax increases?

Prop. 30You probably saw this one coming. Just two years ago Gov. Jerry Brown and his union allies hoodwinked voters into passing Proposition 30, $7 billion in tax increases. Most of the taxes hit “millionaires,” which in California New Math means anyone making more than $250,000 a year — still the middle-class in mega-expensive California, albeit at the higher end.

The tax was promised to be “temporary.” Now Democrats are seeking to extend it, the Bee reported:

“The issue, arising now in interviews, candidate questionnaires and debates, is likely to become a major point of controversy in Sacramento in the run-up to 2016.”

Here’s the actual title of Prop. 30, as prepared by Attorney General Kamala Harris:

“Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.”

The Argument in Favor  in the official guide sent to state voters was written by:

“JENNIFER A. WAGGONER, PresidentLeague of Women Voters of California
“DEAN E. VOGEL, PresidentCalifornia Teachers Association
“KEITH ROYAL, President California State Sheriffs’ Association.”

They solemnly promised us:

“To protect schools and safety, Prop. 30 temporarily increases….Prop. 30’s taxes are temporary…. Prop. 30 asks those who earn the most to temporarily … All new revenue is temporary: Prop. 30’s taxes are temporary….”

Yep, they used “temporary” four times in their argument.

And as we predicted here on CalWatchDog.com, Prop. 30 revenues ended up being eaten by state pension payments, with only a trickle going to the kids in the schoolrooms.

My guess is the extension will pass. If the economy is doing well, they’ll credit Prop. 30 with stabilizing the state’s finances and laying the foundation of growth. If the economy has tanked, they’ll use the same arguments as in 2012, that Prop. 30 is needed to prevent massive cuts in education.

No matter that Prop. 30 remains part of a high-tax, anti-business, jobs-killing machine that has imposed on Californians the nation’s highest poverty rate.

As the great Nobel Prize economist Milton Friedman quipped, “Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program” — especially a “temporary” tax.




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  1. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 7 October, 2014, 23:07

    LOL, there is NO such thing as a “temporary tax” in CA, and never will be. No one with a brain believes anyone who claims otherwise. The Golden Gate and Bay Bridges had “temporary tolls” when they opened in 36 and 37, almost a century ago, still have the tolls. The “temporary” half cent sales tax from the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 is still here, a quarter of a century later.

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  2. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 8 October, 2014, 07:08

    The moron voters in Cali will certainly pass it just like they did in 2012 by a 10% margin. In 2012 the thieving pols told us that unless Prop 30 passed the sky would fall. Now that the State is collecting more revenue than ever, they can’t use that lame excuse any longer. Now their rationale changes to “to stablize finances” and “to allow for more growth”. LOL! Naturally the cops and the teachers who collect the largest pensions are the primary cheerleaders! As election day approaches you will be asked ‘to save the children’ and ‘to protect your safety’ by voting ‘yes’ on Prop 30. And the moron voters will pass it again because it primarily taxes the fat cats. It’s like the old joke that describes a ‘democracy’: 5 wolves and a sheep voting what to eat for lunch. The fat cats will either consult with their CPA’s and legally shelter their money or just hide it in offshore banks like so many of them already do. Most fat cats didn’t get fat by being stupid.

    I assume that this temporary tax extension will go for another 2 years. My guess is that in 2016 the proposed extension will be for 4 years or even longer. Those unfunded cop and teacher pension liabilities are getting bigger and bigger. Somebody’s got to pay.

    And what’s up with the Women’s League of Voters? Have they sold out to the trough feeders too?

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    • bob
      bob 8 October, 2014, 08:37

      You’re right. The little people will be [email protected] on again. As someone here once said the average person voting for DemoNcrats is like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders.

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  3. bob
    bob 8 October, 2014, 08:35

    I’m sure the DemoNcrat maggots who infest this blog will deem us doomers for no wanting this temporary tax to be permanent.

    In their eyes no tax is a bad tax and there are never enough taxes and taxes are never high enough.

    And of course, nothing is too good for our government masters and their minions.

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 8 October, 2014, 16:30

    Bob relax….move…we can help……it’s easy……all our customers love the ride to Redneck Utopia…..we provide free bottled LA City water too!

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 8 October, 2014, 16:31

    Poodle we missed you…..how was your summer prospecting in Randsburg?

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  6. TruthandtheAmericanWay
    TruthandtheAmericanWay 8 October, 2014, 18:19

    Once again, liberals screwed the taxpayers with straightforward lies using words like temporary, short time or the best one yet – it has a sunset clause. Lost count on the last one on how many are still in play after the sunset expiration date either as a tax or as fee (another new word for tax along with a blatant avoidance of the rule of law).

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  7. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 9 October, 2014, 00:48

    Most doomers pay little taxes….relax….have a breakfast burrito at Pepe’s and enjoy the gorgeous fall weather.

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  8. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 9 October, 2014, 20:33

    Since the Prop. 30 taxes don’t expire until 2019, isn’t it a little early to discuss an extension? The temporary taxes that GAS passed expired as scheduled. Wait until 2017 to see what the state’s economic situation will be and whether or not the taxes should be extended.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 10 October, 2014, 12:39

      You’re wrong, seesaw. The quarter-percent sales tax increase in Prop 30 expires in 2016.
      And if you think it’s “a little early to discuss an extension” then you should write liberal dem legislator Mark Leno a letter and tell him to keep his mouth shut about it. He’s the one making the biggest fuss about the tax money disappearing.

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  9. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 10 October, 2014, 20:08

    Sorry–I stand corrected. I thought that all the increases expired in 7 years. So, of course, it is not too early to discuss an extension. If I had my druthers, there would have been no expiration, unless the State were to pile up more reserves than needed.

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    • bob
      bob 11 October, 2014, 19:39

      Of course it would never expire if trough feeders like you have their way. No tax is ever too high and no tax is ever temporary and of course there are never enough taxes.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 12 October, 2014, 14:11

      seesaw, if you had your druthers California would probably have a 15% sales tax and an air tax calculated based on individual lung capacity to cover the escalating pension costs! lol. 🙂

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