Earlier this year, Governor Jerry Brown introduced the Timber Hard Plan Reform package as part a budget trailer bill. Gov. Brown’s Democratic Administration says that these reforms will support the struggling California timber industry, in part by creating a lumber retail sales tax. This tax would shift the financial burden of funding state regulatory agencies from timber companies to the consumer. Consumers would be forced to pay this tax whenever lumber is purchased at a local hardware store.
No matter how they try and spin it, this proposal is to increase taxes on hard-working Californians who are struggling to emerge from the recession. Taxing consumers because the state over regulates the lumber industry just doesn’t make sense to me.
Democrats can describe this Lumber Retail Sales Tax as something aimed at supporting our local timber industry, but it is still a tax – and this would be a new tax. It would be wiser to examine the extreme amount of regulations placed on the California timber industry, which is far more regulated than other states in the region. Improving the efficiency of the Department of Fish and Game, Department of… Read More