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Posted by: thepinetree on 05/15/2021 01:54 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 05/15/2021 01:56 PM
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Newsom Transforms Taxpayer Protection into Welfare ~ By Ted Gaines

Sacramento, CA...California actually has a government spending limit, hard as that may be to believe, and Gavin Newsom is making a mockery of it, just as his predecessor did. In 1979, a year after signing off on the revolutionary Proposition 13, voters passed Proposition 4, implementing the “Gann Limit,” which would peg California’s state spending to the 1978-79 level and only let it grow adjusted for inflation and population. State revenues above the voter-approved limit can be reckoned with several different ways, including refunding half of the excess revenues to taxpayers, with the other half going to schools.





Newsom is choosing the refund path for this year’s massive Gann Limit excess, which is currently estimated at $16 billion dollars. But instead of sending their money back to the taxpayers in relation to how much they paid, giving everyone a slice of the rebate in proportion to their tax contributions, Newsom is turning the program into a giant transfer payment scheme.

Paul Gann, the father of Prop. 13 and the namesake of this taxpayer protection plan, would be dumbfounded by Newsom’s willful misunderstanding and shameless appropriation of his taxpayer-protection initiative.

The wealthiest taxpayers in this state, the top five percent, paid nearly 70-percent of California income taxes last year. Those citizens were also supposed to get relief from the Gann Limit. Instead, they get nothing.

Newsom is sending rebates to the bottom two-thirds of tax filers only. What about the top-third, who paid a whopping 97-percent of the total income taxes in 2018, for example? In Newsom’s redistribution plan these top payers are simply out of luck, even though it’s their payments providing the bulk of the excess. And before you shout, “tax the rich!” understand that in that same tax year, we are talking about people making $60,000 a year.

It’s great that the Governor wants to help taxpayers during the pandemic, even though it was state policy that caused so much of the damage to small businesses and killed so many jobs. If the governor and legislature want to make more direct payments to citizens out of the general fund, after Gann Limit refunds have been fairly distributed, be my guest.

In fact, I challenge Governor Newsom and the legislature to find ways to make the state more affordable and livable for all citizens, starting with lower taxes on personal income, on business income, on gasoline, and by eliminating green energy mandates that have forced our electricity prices up 9-times faster than the national average over the past decade. These steps would help every day of the year, not just on the day he announces his budget.

Getting money back into the hands of job-creators – by lowering costs and equitably rebating the Gann Limit dollars – would actually fuel a California rebound.

But to repurpose a taxpayer protection act, approved by voters, into a new tax and welfare plan, is bad-faith politics and speaks to why Newsom is facing a recall.

Governor Brown’s 2017 budget dodged the Gann Limit by magically reclassifying $22 billion in spending as neither state nor local, as required by the original Proposition, making it disappear, along with the hopes of fiscal conservatives.

Brown would not adhere to the mandates of the 1979 Gann Limit reform; he tricked his way past the law and shafted taxpayers along the way. Apparently, Governor Newsom was watching and learning, waiting for his own opportunity to betray the intent of California’s voters.

Mission accomplished.

Newsom’s plan is ugly political alchemy, where he mutates a rebate program into a new tax on the homeowners, small business owners, teachers, police and other middle-class people who will be paying the taxes they will never get back. He should refund ALL taxpayers according to their tax payments and quit manipulating the Gann Limit for his political needs.

Senator Ted Gaines (Ret.) was elected to represent the Board of Equalization’s First District. He is a leading taxpayer advocate, defender of Prop. 13, and is committed to providing trustworthy and transparent representation for nearly ten million constituents in 30 counties of northern, eastern, and southern California. For more information, visit boe.ca.gov/Gaines.


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Posted on: 2021-05-15 14:38:39   By: Anonymous
 
Biden praised the police and then the next sentence he bashed them. I keep thinking about when all the riots were happening and he didn't ask once for the protestors to protest peacefully, he didn't ask for calm, he didn't say stop looting, he didn't say stop burning businesses. In fact he didn't do anything which even many saw it was like a call to arms. Kamala Harris asked democrats to send money to bailout violent protestors. That's just another reason the military and LEO do not respect out embarrassment of a president, and many millions think Biden is now the worst and weakest President in the History of the Great Nation. He's no better then Missouri Democratic Rep. Cori Bush who would chant, " pigs in a blanket fry 'em like bacon."
Democrat/ Liberals, America's Cult of racist, violent bigots

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    Posted on: 2021-05-15 16:00:24   By: Anonymous
     
    I'm sorry.....You say there's burning and looting of businesses happening. Today? Where?

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      Posted on: 2021-05-15 17:22:42   By: Anonymous
       
      You know exactly what the poster is talking about you jerk!

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        Posted on: 2021-05-15 21:53:31   By: Anonymous
         
        Nope, no idea.

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          Posted on: 2021-05-15 22:21:50   By: Anonymous
           
          Gaines. Another closeted Republican, homosexual.

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        Posted on: 2021-05-16 07:00:22   By: Anonymous
         
        Yes I do know what he's talking about. He's talking about using racist tropes and dog whistles to rally others like him to dismiss and deny others in our society their freedom of speech. Just because your white privilege IS threatened is not a legitimate reason others must stay silent. Get over yourself white boy!

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    Posted on: 2021-05-15 21:52:57   By: Anonymous
     
    I’m old enough to remember when a violent mob overran and desecrated our capital, and Trump wouldn’t intervene for HOURS.



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Posted on: 2021-05-15 14:39:24   By: Anonymous
 

RECALLNEWSOM

Everywhere you look, the failures of Governor Newsom are obvious and appalling to everyone. For this reason, the Recall Gavin 2020 campaign is not conservative or liberal, or right or left, or Republican or Democrat. This is a mass uprising.

Our Recall Gavin campaign is building a grassroots organization with over 80,000 California voters already signed up as volunteers to sign and circulate recall petitions. That number is growing every week. And this is just the beginning.

Are you tired of being locked up, unable to make a living, at the same time as California’s prisons are being emptied? Do you wonder why Gavin Newsom’s cronies are building “supportive housing” for the homeless at a cost of over a half-million dollars per unit, instead of just getting them help in less expensive facilities? Then join the Recall Gavin 2020 movement.

Did you struggle to run a business, even before this lockdown, because of overregulation and the highest taxes in America? Did you lose your livelihood when Gavin Newsom signed AB 5, which made it illegal for many companies to negotiate with independent contractors? Then join the Recall Gavin 2020 movement.

Are you troubled by the growing encroachments on the 1st Amendment; our right to speak our minds, to freely assemble, to congregate whether it’s at church or on the beach? Are you troubled by encroachments on your 2nd Amendment rights, threatening your ability to purchase a firearm to protect yourself, especially now? Then join the Recall Gavin 2020 movement.

Are you ready to take the offensive against the ongoing destruction of our public schools? Have you had it with new laws that make it impossible to hold students or teachers accountable, making many of our schools unsafe? Do you believe you have the right to control what sort of sex education (or indoctrination) your child receives? Then join the Recall Gavin 2020 movement.

Do you wonder how California’s cities, counties, and state agencies will ever pay off their pension debt, or balance their budgets, or stop raising taxes, when Gavin Newsom can’t even cut spending to provide benefits to illegal immigrants, benefits that aren’t even offered to working citizens of California? Then join the Recall Gavin 2020 movement.

We are building an army to recall Gavin Newsom, and if you answered yes to any of these questions, we need you.

Our petitions are available to download now. If you want to do more, contact the coordinator in your county for the Recall Gavin 2020 campaign, and find out how you can circulate petitions. There are many ways to get involved.

Let’s make history! Join Recall Gavin 2020. The path to making California golden again starts right here.

#RECALLNEWSOM


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    Posted on: 2021-05-15 16:05:00   By: Anonymous
     
    Bogus

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      Posted on: 2021-05-15 16:06:38   By: Anonymous
       
      Thanks to Gavin Newsom California is moving forward.

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        Posted on: 2021-05-15 17:23:57   By: Anonymous
         
        Moving forward to an internal war and a free-for-all.

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          Posted on: 2021-05-16 10:30:59   By: Anonymous
           
          Internal war? Are you planning on starting a war? Killing liberals?

          I guess if you cannot win an election, you think a war is all you have left.

          Move to Russia. Traitors like you are welcome there.

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    Posted on: 2021-05-15 18:23:34   By: Anonymous
     
    BLACK LIVES MATTER

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      Posted on: 2021-05-15 21:16:00   By: Anonymous
       

      ALL LIVES MATTER

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Posted on: 2021-05-15 17:54:24   By: Anonymous
 
Does anyone here actually know of anyone in this top 5%? What about the top third? No? They are doing just fine I can guarantee you!

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    Posted on: 2021-05-15 18:24:49   By: Anonymous
     
    BLACK LIVES MATER

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      Posted on: 2021-05-15 21:16:28   By: Anonymous
       


      ALL LIVES MATTER

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    Posted on: 2021-05-15 18:25:29   By: Anonymous
     
    BLACK LIVES MATER

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      Posted on: 2021-05-15 19:11:38   By: Anonymous
       
      Get off the drugs, get some education, thank your mom and dad for all the money it cost to raise you and perhaps find a good friend that can mentor you! Sick and retarded comments only shows your true colors. Beyond repair for most of you, haha.

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      Posted on: 2021-05-15 21:16:57   By: Anonymous
       


      ALL LIVES MATTER

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    Posted on: 2021-05-15 20:46:30   By: Anonymous
     
    Many wealthy people live in the Foothills. Wealthy from working all their lives. If you had a more expensive car than I, should you have to give me one too? If you bought a steak dinner, should you have to buy me one too? I could go on and on. Give the tax money back to the people who paid it, stop judging what they have they worked for and obtained an what you may think they need.

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      Posted on: 2021-05-15 21:55:15   By: Anonymous
       
      Then why have taxes at all?

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    Posted on: 2021-05-16 04:55:56   By: Anonymous
     
    It is still wrong. Is it right to rob a rich man but wrong to rob a poor one. Both are wrong. Thou shalt not steal.

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      Posted on: 2021-05-16 09:12:22   By: Anonymous
       
      Thank you.

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        Posted on: 2021-05-16 10:49:19   By: Anonymous
         
        Wow!! Lol The entire comment section above is a testament to just how brain dead the population is!!

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          Posted on: 2021-05-16 20:07:32   By: Anonymous
           
          brain dead is what liberals are

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Posted on: 2021-05-16 16:35:06   By: Anonymous
 
BLACK LIVES MATTER

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    Posted on: 2021-05-16 19:36:56   By: Anonymous
     
    I rest my case! Lol

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