The Sad State Of California – California Clueless

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Our ruling class:

The Democrats who control the Legislature have fired their opening salvo against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s spending blueprint, which proposed eliminating California’s welfare program and cutting deeply into other state services, by proposing that the state rely instead on billions of dollars in new taxes to balance the budget.

The Assembly’s Democrats detailed a plan Tuesday that would tax oil companies and borrow billions from the nickel-and-dime deposits that consumers make on recyclable bottles and cans. Tax breaks for businesses that are scheduled to take effect soon would be delayed under the plan.

A day earlier, Democrats in the Senate had begun debating a nearly $5-billion tax plan that would delay the same corporate tax breaks and extend both a hike in personal income taxes and a reduced dependent-care credit that are set to expire in December. Vehicle license fees would rise by $1.2 billion. Taxes on alcohol would increase 60%.

Because, you know, we just can’t cut the size and scope of government, not on their watch. I would shake my head in disbelief, but, honestly, I’m not surprised.

1 Comment to “The Sad State Of California – California Clueless”

  1. By Jeff Alberts, May 27, 2010 @ 2:27 am

    Washington State has similar issues. Everyone wants their gov’t programs, but don’t want the taxes. Gov’t legislators say they’ve cut government as much as possible, yet they spend on beautification projects instead of cutting useless crap like that.

    Bill Gates could single-handedly fund any beautification project or charitable program without even batting an eyelash, instead, local businesses have to pool their meager profits to keep traditional events going.

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