More Taxes Coming Up
The Orange County Register takes a look at two ballot initiatives Californians will vote on this November, giving both the slam they deserve.
It's always frightening from a libertarian point of view to see things like this on the ballot in California. They might well pass. But, voters rejected the last two initiatives, and one, that universal preschool initiative that targeted wealthy people, should have been a fairly easy one to pass. Californians are just like everyone else in being willing to pass a tax that doesn't apply to them.
It will be interesting to see if the NO trend continues with these two. If the proposed tobacco tax loses, I'd say that might well be the sign of a new trend among California voters. Then again, I think you'd have to look at it in the context of all the initiatives that pass or fail this November to try and establish a trend.
As for me, I'll certainly be voting NO on both the tobacco and gas taxes. Not just for the money but as a matter of principle.