California has one of the highest income tax rates in the nation. It also has some of the nation’s worst roads. Meanwhile, the state government routinely diverts gas tax money from road maintenance for general spending purposes. (Thanks to ZeroHedge for the links.)
However, that hasn’t stopped the New Venezuela Party, I mean the Democrats, from pushing for an increase in gas taxes and vehicle license fee, to the tune of about $52 billion. And while a majority of Californians reject the proposal, that hasn’t stopped Governor Jerry Brown from describing Republican lawmakers as “freeloaders”.
While criticizing a Republican plan to fund road maintenance, Brown said:
“The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them,” Brown said, adding that the approved tax and fee hikes bring those charges to the level they were 30 years ago if adjusted for inflation. “They have a president that doesn’t tell the truth and they’re following suit.”
It’s fascinating that a man whose career consists mainly in holding public office would have the audacity to call anyone else a freeloader.
Project much, Governor Brown?
Brown’s 2018 budget called for $179.5 billion in spending, a 53% increase since just 2010. With such a large budget, a strong argument can be made that the state ought to prioritize how much should be spent. However, Brown wants to hear none of that, and instead demonizes the state’s taxbase.
However, the state risks losing that very taxbase because it keeps losing residents. In 2014, the state lost 129,000 net residents. After all, why should productive people stay in the state when all they do is keep paying more taxes and get nothing in return?
At some point, California’s destructive policies will come back to haunt its residents. Until then, responsible Californians will be forced to suffer through Governor Brown’s prudish outbursts.