Confused: GOP Assembly Members That VOTED to Raise Taxes—Want to Fight To Stop OTHERS From Raising Taxes

In April Democrat State Senator Josh Newman voted to raise gas taxes by 12 cents a gallon.  Now he is facing a Recall, which has enough signatures.  Then a few weeks ago cap and trade gave us a 63 cent gas tax increase—five times what Newman supported.  This was done with the votes of seven GOP Assembly members—Chad Mayes has already lost he leadership position—and at least one, maybe more are “dead men walking” for re-election in 2018.

“Led by Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley, the lawmakers criticized the state high court for opening up “loopholes” for special interests to place and pass tax measures on local ballots.

Mayes said special interest groups are lining up to take advantage of the court’s 5-2 decision that allows citizens to propose and pass special tax initiatives with a simple majority as opposed to the longstanding two-thirds majority requirement.

“If we don’t get this constitutional amendment passed, there will be a fire that will go all over California with local governments and local special interest groups trying to raise taxes on hard working Californians,” Mayes told reporters.

While still “Leader” for a few more days, Chad Mayes demands a constitutional amendment to stop tax increases.  Mayes led the GOP Assembly members to increase your gas tax by 63 cents.  In the press release, also, Catherine Baker and Devon Mathias are quoted demanding control on taxes.  Maybes, Mathias and Baker all voted to increase your taxes.  Think they have any credibility.  This is the type of action Saturday Night Live would laugh about.  Oh, the fourth Assembly member, Jay Obernolte, did not vote to increase taxes—but was on the Mayes Team to negotiate the cap and trade deal—dropping out at the very end.

GOP credibility—this is a press release that should not have been sent.  Would you use people that voted to increase taxes as spokespeople against local government raising taxes.  Hypocrites.

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California GOP Vows to Fight Lower Threshold for Tax Hikes

NICK CAHILL, Courthousenews,  8/30/17

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – Rebuking a California Supreme Court ruling this week that paves the way for cities to pass new taxes more easily, Assembly Republicans Wednesday announced a constitutional amendment to require two-thirds voter approval of special tax hikes.

Led by Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley, the lawmakers criticized the state high court for opening up “loopholes” for special interests to place and pass tax measures on local ballots.

Mayes said special interest groups are lining up to take advantage of the court’s 5-2 decision that allows citizens to propose and pass special tax initiatives with a simple majority as opposed to the longstanding two-thirds majority requirement.

“If we don’t get this constitutional amendment passed, there will be a fire that will go all over California with local governments and local special interest groups trying to raise taxes on hard working Californians,” Mayes told reporters.

Monday’s ruling roiled state Republicans and prompted a quick response. Their proposal, which hasn’t been finalized or released to the public, would reaffirm and cement language in a 1978 initiative that forces local governments to get two-thirds support for new taxes that fund specific projects like new schools or roads.

Mayes says he hopes the measure will be on the June 2018 statewide ballot, but it will first need two-thirds approval in both state houses. Getting the measure before voters will be an uphill battle for Mayes as Democrats currently hold a supermajority in both the state Senate and Assembly.

The state’s majority party meanwhile applauded the high court’s ruling.

State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, said lowering the threshold for cities to pass special taxes will speed up critical local infrastructure projects.

“It’s hard to overstate how important this ruling is. Communities will now have a much easier time funding schools, transportation and other critical needs,” Wiener said in a statement.

Supporters of the Mayes’ amendment argue that lowering the threshold invites special interests to influence local elections and potentially collude with local governments. The interest groups could simply recruit residents to collect the required 15 percent of voters needed to qualify the initiative and then pass it via simple majority.

Assemblyman Devon Mathis, R-Visalia, said meeting a supermajority threshold forces supporters of tax initiatives to reach out to the entire community and craft a well-rounded proposal.

“Without having that threshold, there’s nothing to get both sides to sit down and come to that common ground and figure out that it’s done right,” Mathis said.

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