Prop. 1A - Don’t kid yourself. It won’t curb spending!
February 27th, 2009, posted by Mark Landsbaum, Editorial Writer for the Orange County Register
Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. says Prop. 1A’s “spending limit is a phony.”
“It is a trap to get voters to approve allowing the state to impose the highest taxes in the nation for an extra two years,” he says. He’s right.
But he’s not only correct, the advocates of this scam have not-so-subtly kept any mention of the two-year extension and additional $16 billion in taxes from appearing in the ballot arguments, either for or against Prop. 1A. (See our editorial Sunday) Perish the thought that voters might actually be informed about how much more in taxes this reform will cost them.
Also, “1A’s fine print actually encourages tax increases by allowing the governor and Legislature to spend the proceeds of new tax increases without regard to 1A’s spending limits,” say the folks whose words are allowed on the ballot argument.
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