The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association threw down the gauntlet today and entered the Ballot Initiative fight to stop California’s massive “Energy Tax.”
This is a game-changer in the race to Suspend AB 32.
Up until now, the effort has been critiqued for enjoying the support of Valero energy company, giving firepower to its enemies who suggest this is only an effort being fought by the oil companies.
They couldn’t be more wrong.
With HJTA entering the fight, this changes everything.
You may recall it was HJTA who lead the fight against the Governor and his political machine during last year’s Prop. 1A fight — you rememeber – the $16 billion tax on the people. The opposition effort to the Governor and the Legislature’s proposed tax increases were hardly organized by Sacramento standards – until they got involved. At the end of the day, even though they were outspent 20-to-1 by the Governor, the Democrats, and the Unions, Prop. 1A was defeated by a very healthy 2-to-1 landslide.
Expect them to do the same with the effort to Suspend AB 32. Expect them to bring to bear the power of their grassroots networks, Tea Party movement, and other Taxpayer groups to the effort. Expect radio ads to run. Expect that if Jarvis is in it, then they intend to win it.
This could get interesting.
With $180 Billion in “Energy Taxes” at stake, it had better be.