Year End Victory for Tyranny
Article by: Ginny Rapini, State of Jefferson Citizen Volunteer
Each year, California legislators introduce more than 2,000 new bills. Of those, 700-900 new laws are passed each year. This year was no exception. California’s legislative session was completed last Saturday and was one of the more divisive sessions ever, from a partisan standpoint.
Here is a rundown of some of them. In April, lawmakers passed a controversial 12-cents-a-gallon tax by a razor-thin margin but nevertheless, it passed. The law also increased vehicle-license fees. Isn’t that why we recalled Gray Davis?
In July, they passed a 10-year extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program, with the help of several Republican legislators who try to tell us that they caved so that they could get something from the Dems in the future. Really? Does anyone really believe that? With the passage of this legislation, the Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates the measure could increase gas prices as much as 63 cents a gallon by 2021.
In the final hours of the session the housing package worked out between Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders snuck past the finish line. The package includes three bills.
One (Senate Bill 35) would streamline the approval process for high-density affordable housing projects, but requires contractors to pay union-based prevailing wage rates on those subsidized projects in return.
The other two parts of the deal have a bigger tax-and-spend element to them. SB2 imposes new fees of $75 to $225 on various real-estate transactions to help fund subsidized high-density housing projects.
SB3 will place before voters on the November 2018 ballot a $3 BILLION state housing bond that likewise will fund the construction of low-income housing units.
This doesn’t even mention new gun restrictions and efforts to thwart our 2nd Amendment rights! This doesn’t talk about the limitations on free speech and religious liberty.
When looking for content to send you regarding the state of the State, there’s no end to what I can publish. These items are just a few of the nearly 800 new bills sent to the governor’s desk for signature.
Do you want to live in a state like this? I don’t, and I know that those reading this don’t either.