Do or Don’t Get Paid: Budget Deadline Looms As GOP Stays Loyal to their Owners

Yesterday we had the reports of an impending gimmicky budget, but today we get a few more details:

Here’s some of what’s on the table without a bipartisan budget deal:

• Raising the state sales tax by one-quarter cent.

• Raising vehicle registration fees by $12 a vehicle.

• Adopting the so-called “Amazon” tax requiring online retailers to collect sales taxes.

• Adopting firefighting fee for rural homeowners.

• Cutting the budgets for the University of California and California State University systems by another $150 million each.(SacBee)

Now, some of these items aren’t entirely bad.  In fact, I’ve written a couple  of times in support of some of these measures, the Amazon tax fairness thing especially.  However, each of these items should get a full hearing on its own merits, not a rushed process shoved into the budget fight.  And of course, the additional cuts to UC and CSU continue to mock the long-dead dream of a California Master Plan for higher education.  Sorry Pat Brown!

But, really, this is  what we get with a bloc of legislators that won’t do anything other than complain about taxation.  The fight today is really something of a bizarro world.  It is like the 80’s Me-firsters decided that they were totally not down with helping anybody else.  And they wanted all of their own damn money.  And along the way they helped the super-rich game the system.  As Robert Reich describes in the video, the top 1% of earners take home 20% of the nation’s income, twice what they did in 1980.  Yet at the same time, they pay lower taxes than ever before, as the capital gains cuts have lowered their taxation down to the mid-teens.  Meanwhile, as a nation we are only at 15% of income coming through to taxation nationwide.  This is an astonishingly low figure considering our many military endeavors. In fact, it is the lowest rate in over 60 years.

Today we’ll get some sort of Frankenstein budget, but Brown will keep pressing in his Sisyphean task of getting some additional revenue into the system.  At this point, I’m really past the point of surprise, all news is old news in Sacramento.  In the end, it is hard to put this in anything but a class struggle construct.  The rich are dominating governments the world over as they seek to increase their share.  We can’t even protect our food supply anymore, and yet the rich still want tax cuts?

Amazing isn’t it?

One thought on “Do or Don’t Get Paid: Budget Deadline Looms As GOP Stays Loyal to their Owners”

  1. where does the new measure allowing counties to set their own taxes play into this?

    I know the chamber of commerce hates this because its up the paperwork – thereby costs – of running anything bigger than a single store.

    But really I think its a good idea but i’d add one feature:

    – if you ar a single location (mom & pop) then you come under the city’s tax rules

    – more than one location in the same county you come under the county rules

    – if you operate in multiple counties (even if its one shop in one county and one in another0 then you come under state rules/taxes

    i think this would be a great way to allow our rural counties that are geographically and demographically similar to nevada & arizona to compete better against those states without forcing investment there across the border because of Sacramento’s rules.

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