Your car taxes will be raised in California unless we mobilize to stop it: Assembly Bill 8 is scheduled for a committee hearing on Monday. The money allegedly will be used to build hydrogen fuel stations, but with a two-thirds vote the legislature can divert all the money to the general fund where it will fall into the black hole of lavish pensions for state workers. While they're on a cruise ship trading stories about pension spiking, you'll be writing checks to Sacramento just to be allowed to drive your own car.
Call: Transportation Committee Chair Bonnie Lowenthal, (916) 319-2070.
Call: Transportation Committee Vice Chair Eric Linder, (916) 319-2060
Call: Assembly Member Bob Blumenfield, (916) 319-2045
From the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association: "AB 8 will result in an extension of vehicle registration, smog abatement, tire fees, etc. imposed on taxpayers for an additional nine years, until the end of 2023. While regulatory relief for the trucking industry has been proposed in the bill, this can be altered in the future by a majority vote. So, the relief may well be only temporary, but the taxes will be very permanent and long-lasting. Further, with a two-thirds vote, nothing stops this money from being moved straight into the General Fund, which has already seen a 6% spending increase over last year."