Californian’s Vote Down A Whole Bunch Of New Taxes

Seriously, how dare they! Aren’t they super progressive and want to help the less fortunate and save the planet? Oh, right, right, they’re good with Other People getting taxed out the wahoo

Had enough? Californians turn down higher taxes, debt

Everyone knows that living in California comes with a price: Its residents pay some of the nation’s highest taxes on the money they earn, the gas they pump and the clothes they wear. But for the moment, at least, it appears voters have had enough.

The defeat Tuesday of the largest borrowing proposal in the history of California schools — $15 billion for repairs — has opened the question of whether voters put a temporary halt to the growth of government debt because of the unsettled political scene, or because they are on the cusp of a tax revolt akin to one in the 1970s that brought landmark changes to property taxes.

By itself, the crash of the question on the March 3 primary ballot was striking — it’s been a generation since a state school bond failed and there was no telling moment prior to the election indicating voters had soured on it.

But it didn’t stop there. Voters rejected more than half of the 237 local tax and bond measures on that ballot, with several dozen contests still undecided as California authorities wade through hundreds of thousands of uncounted ballots, according to a tally by the California Taxpayers Association.

This was a wide range of taxes, things like school bonds, cannabis taxes, parcel taxes, sales tax, transient occupancy taxes (which will increase costs for hotels and other things), and even a vacancy tax on unused 1st floors in San Francisco

A final tally of votes remains incomplete, but there is agreement on both sides that no single reason explains the downfall of the big bond. It looks like a mix of factors, not the least of which was jitters over the staggering stock market, the presidential race and the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe.

There also was confusion over precisely what the proposal would do and uncertain voters tend to vote no. Polling also shows voters believe taxes are too high.

Additionally, there is widespread anger over soaring housing costs, a troubled and vastly over-budget high-speed rail project and a homelessness crisis in the state’s major cities.

“There is a sense that California isn’t working,” Claremont McKenna College political scientist Jack Pitney said. When a fresh request came from Sacramento for billions in new debt, voters said: “We’ve been taxed enough.”

Yet, the same people will keep voting in state, county, and local lawmakers who will keep costs and taxes high. So, don’t feel bad for them.

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4 Responses to “Californian’s Vote Down A Whole Bunch Of New Taxes”

  1. formwiz says:

    Looks like the Lefties are the ones who left.

  2. taminator013 says:

    It doesn’t really matter if the taxes get voted down. Politicians in CA can always find a way around the voters and implement them anyway………..

  3. It doesn’t matter at all. Everyone knows that every judge in California has the veto power over all votes. All it takes is one judge to declare the vote invalid because Californians have a moral obligation to pay their debts, even debts they specifically said NO to.

  4. alanstorm says:

    Maintenance needs to be a line item on every budget, not an emergency expense. Of course, doing your job an a legislator instead of chasing headlines won’t get you re-elected.

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