Dear Readers: This is my last post before I head up to Sacramento for the Aug.28th March on Sacramento — Saving California from Big Government Eco-Regulation. The “event” is formally slated for noon – 5 pm at the Capitol’s steps, but festivities are beginning today as truck convoys roll in.
The focus of this MARCH is the onerous environmental regulations killing our state’s prosperity (e.g., AB32, California’s version of Cap and Trade). Details are at the formal website, SAC828. However, I think we will give some attention to the fact that our power aristocrats in Sacramento have, once again, reached into the pockets of California citizens to prop up their prestige and assist their special interests groups. This is from Hot Air: Tax hikes coming for Californians anyway
While Californians are still feeling the sting of income and sales tax hikes signed into law earlier this year, now comes news that state tax authorities plan to take a little more from their pockets.
For only the second time in 30 years, the tax board is lowering the point where each tax bracket begins, bumping many people into a higher category. At the same time, officials are cutting back some deductions. Everyone will pay more, even people whose bracket or income doesn’t change.
The extra sums will total as much as $140 per family, on top of the increases previously enacted.
The unmitigated gall displayed by these legislators is astounding, and they will see that their antics will no longer go unnoticed by the average citizen. Our tea party groups throughout the state mounted a successful effort to thwart misleading, tax-raising propositions in May — and this news will do nothing more than inspire us to clean house and promote propositions to create a part time legislature. My fellow Californians now plainly see that we cannot rely on any one party to protect or liberties, freedoms, and free enterprise system, and must push back to dismantle the power aristocracy that has flourished as we went on with our private lives diligently. We cannot rely on the traditional media, either. I urge all Californians to become acquainted with the part-time legislature petition effort by following the links below (links to petition forms can be found via these sites):
MUT’s money quote from the petition is as follows:
PART -TIME LEGISLATURE . INITIAT IVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Reduces the total amount of time the Legislature is in session each year to no more than ninety-five days. Directs the Legislature to convene in early January for up to thirty days and again in early May for up to sixty days. Allows the Legislature to reconvene for up to five additional days to reconsider bills vetoed by Governor. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential annual state savings of tens of millions of dollars. Actual savings would depend on future actions of the California Citizens Compensation Commission, the Legislature, and the Governor. (09-0013.)
Ecosense9 has been traveling through the Central Valley, detailing how enforcement of AB32 and the federal Endangered Species Act is creating a California Dust Bowl. His post recent posting, with great photographs, is HERE. Check back on his site, Fight for California, for videotaped accounts from affected farmers.
I also recommend interested readers who will not be in Sacramento tomorrow follow the reports that will be prepared by our friend and Capitalist Hero Kimberly Dvorak of the San Diego County Political Buzz Examiner. Click HERE through the day tomorrow for her preliminary reports, as I will be calling into her regularly in a coordinated information effort.
Interested readers can review the regulations and the affects of their unintended consequences by reviewing my detailed posts below.
MUT’s Money Links: