Millions of Californians may soon face a series of new taxes on everyday items in the coming months, with lawmakers weighing a series of proposals that could prompt higher prices on water, car batteries, lawyers, prescription painkillers, tires, and more.
“But in California under Democrats, it’s tax, tax, tax — a drip and a drop, nickel and a dime — all the time. That’s not a political statement. It’s a fact. Not all taxes are evil. Some are justified. But many are unwarranted. And others are eye-rollers,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
“There are a whole bunch of taxing ideas in the Capitol: on new tires, firearms, water, prescription painkillers, lawyers, car batteries, corporations based on their CEO pay, estates worth more than $3.5 million, oil and gas extraction. The list goes on,” adds the author.
The potential taxes come months after the state government voted to tax drinking water as the region continues to struggle with widespread droughts and forest fires.
Read the full report at the Los Angeles Times.
BLUE STATE BLUES: Liberal Governors to SUE TRUMP ADMIN Over GOP Tax Cuts
New York’s Andrew Cuomo announced his plans Friday to form a coalition of ‘Blue State’ Governors and sue the federal government over the recently passed GOP tax legislation; saying the bill unfairly punishes east coast residents with drastically higher property taxes.
Just three states -New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut- have signed onto Cuomo’s initiative, but the group hopes to expand to California, Illinois, and other left-leaning local governments as the Republican tax cuts take effect in the coming months.
According to Fox News, the coalition blasted the legislation’s State and Local Tax Deduction, also known as SALT provision, which eliminates individual’s abilities to deduct state and local taxes from their federal filings; making people in high-tax states likely to pay more on their annual tax bill.
“The elimination of full state and local deductibility is a blatantly partisan and unlawful attack on New York that uses our hardworking families and tax dollars as a piggy bank to pay for tax cuts for corporations and other states,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This coalition will take the federal government to court to protect our residents from this assault.”
“Capping the State and Local Tax deduction had nothing to do with sound policy,” added New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “It is a clear and politically motivated punishment of blue states — like New Jersey and our neighbors —who already pay far more to the federal government than we receive.”
Cuomo’s lawsuit is the latest instance of Democratic leaders struggling to stop the President’s tax overhaul. Earlier this month, California announced its intention to “seize” half the tax cut revenue of all corporations earning over $1 million.
BLUE STATE BLUES: Liberals REVOLT After Trump Adds ‘Citizenship Status’ to US CENSUS
For the first time in decades the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire will ask American households whether current residents are American citizens; sparking outrage from liberal lawmakers and the mainstream media over fears it would “intimidate” immigrants from submitting the form.
According to ABC News, multiple state attorneys threatened to sue the federal government over the proposed change; saying it might undermine the integrity of the constitutionally-mandated population count.
The data is used by both the federal government and local officials to distribute money, allocate school funds, and even determine the number of Congressional representatives allotted to each state.
“Secretary Ross determined that obtaining complete and accurate information to meet this legitimate government purpose outweighed the limited potential adverse impacts,” the department said in its announcement.
California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra slammed the decision, saying “We’re prepared to do what we must to protect California from a deficient Census.”
“The Constitution requires us to count every person living in the United States, not every citizen,” added Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin.