Fullerton legislators Quirk-Silva and Newman both vote for massive $52 billion tax increase

It didn’t take long for the public employee unions’ investments in the campaigns of Assembly Member Sharon Quirk Silva and state Senator Josh Newman to pay off bigtime. Both voted in lockstep with their fellow Democrats last night to pass SB 1 — a tax increase of more than $5 billion a year for ten years. The measure raises gas taxes by 12 cents per gallon. Vehicle fees will rise between $25 and $175 depending on the value of the vehicle.

Instead of thinking of this as a new transportation tax, however, columnist Steve Greenhut correctly points out that we should see it as a pension tax, given that this extra money will plug a hole caused by growing pension payments to public employees.

Here’s a solid report on the vote in the Orange County Register.

To see how all of California’s legislators voted, click here.

Here’s how CBS Los Angeles reported on the late-night vote:

 

 

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One Response to Fullerton legislators Quirk-Silva and Newman both vote for massive $52 billion tax increase

  1. Barry Levinson says:

    The fact that both Quirk-Silva and Newman voted for this huge tax increase should come to no surprise to anyone.

    As long as the far left Democrats control the statehouse, the economy of California will always be much less than it could and should be.

    I hope the Trump tax cuts eliminate the state and local itemized deductions. It is time that the overspending by states such as California and New York not be subsidized by the rest of the nation. It would be a huge wake up call to Sacramento and Albany, respectively.