Today in the Assembly Transportation Committee will be the first appearance in the lower chamber this session of a car tax bill, A.B. 8 (Perea) that, if ultimately signed into law by Governor Brown, would hit every car owner in the Golden State with 9 years of additional car taxes totaling over $2.3 billion.
In the strongest possible turns, I urge all legislators in the Assembly Transportation Committee to oppose this bad bill. But I especially want to emphasize to Republicans what a terrible piece of legislation this happens to be — A.B. 8 is bad public policy and it is bad politics for Republicans.
A.B. 8 – Very Bad Public Policy
Californians are amongst the highest taxes people in America. After the new taxes implemented after the passage of Proposition 30 last November, virtually no other people in America are burdened more by their state government than the people of California. In 2007 the legislature passed what were at-the-time characterized as “temporary fees” on car owners (a whole assortment of them) — which are due to expire at the end of… Read More