CA Controller predicts Prop. 30 extension will be passed

Betty YeeAt last Friday’s California Economic Summit sponsored by California Forward and the California Stewardship Network, state Controller Betty Yee predicted that a Proposition 30 extension and a cigarette tax will be on the 2016 ballot and both would pass. It was a prediction — not a desire. Yee said tax reform is imperative but it should be accomplished after deeper conversations rather than relying on the initiative process.

The Legislature is interested in the fact that Prop. 30 will end, Yee said, and she preferred that a tax reform discussion take place within the halls of the Legislature. However, Yee admitted she did not know how to slow down the initiative process to conduct a long-term conversation. Because voters are familiar with Prop. 30, she said, and if the final initiative presented to the voters has a “temporary” tag on it, she predicted the measure would pass.

The Economic Summit is an ongoing program dedicated to creating a roadmap to build economic prosperity in California. This particular session was dedicated to finding keys to develop more skilled workers, more water and more housing in California.

How to fund California’s future was the subject of the panel Yee participated on along with Ana Motosantos, former California Director of Finance. She is now associated with Tom Steyer’s Fair Shake Commission. The moderator was California Forward’s Lenny Mendonca. Motosantos concurred with Yee’s predictions on the tax measures.

The Controller has put together an advisory group working on tax reform. She argued that while California’s economy is doing well, now is the time to move on reform. However, she acknowledged that a big education program is needed. It is a matter of how to talk about tax reform to legislators and to the public, she said. Yee suggested discussing comprehensive tax reform not in ways of who might be winners or losers in a changed tax system, but in the terms of economic opportunity for all.

Yee’s tax reform group will deliver its report in March.

Motosantos said the Fair Shake Commission would consider taxes in February. The Commission, set up to consider answers to income inequality, is the brain-child of billionaire Tom Steyer. Critics claim the Commission is an effort by Steyer to broaden his credentials on a number of issues in consideration of a gubernatorial run. In that respect, the Commission’s take on tax reform could prove informative.


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  1. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 17 November, 2015, 16:58

    She is coming for you doomers-

    Frankly, even Uly, hard working hauling small business guy, getting tired of crack pots painting lasers on our backs.

    This is insanity!

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  2. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 17 November, 2015, 18:35

    She’s right, the Prop. 30 extension will pass. Of course, any tax on tobacco will pass given this states puritanical health Nazi culture.

    If I remember correctly, George “I love Moonbeam” Skelton wrote articles ridiculing anyone who pointed out the likelihood of Prop. 30 becoming permanent. What a fatuous jerk!

    “The Commission, set up to consider answers to income inequality, is the brain-child of billionaire Tom Steyer.”

    You just can’t make this stuff up. Bazzillionaire Tom Steyer has his knickers in a bunch over income inequality. Hey Tom, why not put your money where your hypocritical libtard mouth is and give it all away to the poor.

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  3. Michael
    Michael 18 November, 2015, 10:25

    Come on Uly, its for the kids…….

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