CalWatchdog Morning Read – September 14

by CalWatchdog Staff | September 14, 2016 8:35 am

Good morning. Happy Hump Day — happy, unless you were hoping to be able to purchase slightly cheaper tampons and diapers in the near future, in which case it’s not a happy day. 

In fact, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a package of bills on Tuesday that would have eliminated sales tax on tampons and diapers, among other things.

In total, Brown killed seven niche tax cuts totaling around $300 million in revenue, arguing the tax cuts should be done as part of the annual budget discussions, not individually without taking into account the broader implications.  

“As I said last year, tax breaks are the same as new spending — they both cost the general fund money,” Brown wrote in his veto message. “As such, they must be considered during budget deliberations so that all spending proposals are weighed against each other at the same time.”

“This is even more important when the state’s budget remains precariously balanced,” Brown added. Brown has repeatedly cautioned against[1] new spending programs, believing that an economic downturn is near, which many say the state is not well-prepared for[2].

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