California to tax drinking water in latest insane tax-the-poor desperate effort to slow the financial hemorrhaging of the left-wing bureaucracy

Thursday, April 18, 2019
By Paul Martin

by: Lance D Johnson
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Up to 60 percent of the human body is made of water. Water is life. If California Democrats get their way, drinking water will be taxed. That’s right, not even hydrogen and oxygen atoms are safe from liberal tax proposals. California’s new tax on drinking water is the latest absurdity in a string of liberal tax proposals that will inevitably bankrupt the state and drive a mass exodus.

According to the California Tax Foundation, California lawmakers have proposed more than $6.2 billion in tax increases this year. Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a $209 billion budget that will continue to drive people into homelessness and into tent cities. According to the California Assembly Appropriations Committee, the new drinking water tax may cost residents upwards of $100 million annually. Of course, Democrats have many people convinced that the Democratic Party is all about helping the poor, but the results are never there. City streets in California are riddled with hypodermic needles, human feces, and trash.

Governor Newsom supports the new drinking water tax, and he is selling it under the guise of providing “safe drinking water for all Californians.” The bill would establish “the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund” in the State Treasury. The new tax scheme would impose a “fee” on municipal water supplies, charging California residents anywhere from $1 to $10 every month on their water bills. Most new taxes require support from two-thirds of lawmakers. This bill will only require a simple majority to pass.

The new multi-million dollar revenue stream would enable the State Water Resources Control Board to set up new programs to provide safe drinking water for all Californians. John Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association writes, “California has passed several statewide bonds that have allocated hundreds of millions of dollars for clean water infrastructure improvements.” Why aren’t they being used? Coupal also points out that these water system improvements are a onetime cost that does not require a permanent source of revenue. Lawmakers are basically preying on the problem. According to the Office of the Legislative Analyst, California has budget reserves exceeding $18 billion — more than enough to fix the water infrastructure problem that they have ignored for too long.

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