Chesbro's Timber Bill
The Times- Standard reports Wes Chesbro was one of the main proponents of the recently passed 1% tax on lumber products.
If I'm reading the story right, most of the money raised will be used for "regulatory oversight". The lumber producers were already paying these fees. The article states, "California producers currently pay six to eight times more regulatory fees than out-of-state producers.".
So, instead of lumber producers paying the regulatory fees, the consumers are now being charged for them via the 1% tax? Now that's legislation that will build the economy and get back California's competitive edge. NOT!
No talk of getting rid of any part of the regulatory oversight that ends up costing California producers much more than the other states. We just charge the consumer instead of the company. The government side of the equation stays the same, or even grows.
So typically Californian, and typically Chesbro.