No more taxes, period. How much more can taxpayers handle? We’ve reached a breaking point. Businesses flee the state. Job creators and some of our best and brightest are leaving. And Sacramento wants to double down on dumb by pushing more and more taxes.
California already has the highest state income tax, highest gas taxes, second-highest auto sales tax, and the ninth-highest state sales tax rate. Yet there have been a slew of looney new tax ideas pushed by Democrats this year:
- A whopping 416% increase in the taxes paid on real estate transactions;
- A new tax on all residential and commercial property insurance policies estimated to be over half a billion dollars a year in new taxes;
- A plan to expand sales tax to services which are currently not taxed. A State Board of Equalization study suggests that could cumulatively amount to a tax increase of over a hundred billion dollars;
- And then there is the per mile driving tax being tested right now that would allow the government to monitor how much you drive, and possibly snoop much more into your personal driving habits.
We need fighters in Sacramento who will stop this nonsense. I’ve fought against unfair taxation for 30 years. In 1998, I was even sued by the city of West Covina because I opposed a multi-million dollar tax increase. I won and the tax proposal failed.
I’ve got a proven record as a tax fighter, and in Sacramento I’ll continue to fight to protect taxpayers.
Protect Homeowners and Prop. 13
Proposition 13 limits annual property tax increases and requires voter approval of any new local taxes. These are important safeguards. By limiting property tax increases to no more than 2% per year, homeowners aren’t surprised by sudden massive increases.
Prior to the passage of Prop 13, some homeowners were being forced from their homes by rapidly increasing property taxes.
Now, there are many that are pushing to change or repeal Prop 13. I won’t stand for that.
I will fight to protect Proposition 13 and the tax savings it brings to all homeowners.
Others talk about fighting illegal immigration, I have actually been in the fight. When Governor Gray Davis signed the bill giving driver’s licenses to illegals, I led the charge with the Save Our License campaign that ultimately forced the legislature to repeal the law. As a member of the West Covina School Board, I fought for the implementation of e-verify in our school district’s hiring practices.
The cost to taxpayers of illegal immigration in California is astounding. A recent study concluded that taxpayers are on the hook for more than $25 billion per year. That’s a little more than $2,700 per household. Think about that! You and your household pay $2,700 more each and every year directly because of illegal immigration.
- Justice and law enforcement costs alone, which include policing, court and incarceration, are more than $4.4 billion.
- Medical services cost taxpayers around $4 billion per year. That includes approximately $388 million associated with the 68,000 births to illegal immigrant mothers.
- Public assistance for illegal aliens has a $792 million price tag each year.
We cannot afford to turn a blind eye. As your Assemblymen, I’ll fight to end the handout of taxpayer benefits to illegal aliens. For more than two decades, I’ve carried the conservative banner on this issue, and I will continue to lead the fight.
Crime is on the rise. Since passage of Proposition 47 there has been an average 10% increase in property crime such as burglaries and motor vehicle thefts in California cities. In the city of Los Angeles, not only have property crimes risen, but violent crime has jumped by over 20%.
Californians were sold a bill of goods by liberal do-gooders, and the result is that we are less safe today.
Not only that, but we’re seeing the consequences in areas such as drug rehabilitation programs. Because of changes in the sentencing guidelines, there is very little incentive for a drug offender to take a court-ordered treatment program that could be 18 to 24 months long. They know they’re only facing a maximum 6-month stint in county jail. In reality, these jail sentences are only a few days (or sometimes even a few hours). Our jails are overcrowded because felons are being transferred to the county jails from state prisons, and one result is that addicts are not getting the treatment they need. Enrollment in programs in L.A. County, for instance, is currently down 60%.
We need to stop the criminals, not coddle them. I’ll fight to protect Californians; to stop criminals before they strike and make sure they do the time (all of it!) for committing the crime.
The “Bullet Train” is a Train Wreck
Governor Jerry Brown’s “bullet train” is a fiscal train wreck. He’s destroying our ability to balance the state’s budget and provide adequate public services like highway construction and maintenance, quality public education and public safety protection.
The current $68 billion cost estimate for the so-called “bullet train” is way too low. Even worse is the recently announced pivot in service away from a central California to southern California route (which includes the 55th Assembly district) and toward a central California to northern California route (to San Francisco). This change conclusively proves that we in southern California will pay for services we will never get should the thing ever be actually built.
I will do everything in my power to kill the bullet train and put the billions in savings into long delayed road maintenance and construction projects.
We need to also get the one billion dollars now siphoned off every year from the transportation budget to pay for legislative welfare projects returned to the transportation budget. This billion dollar down payment on sorely needed road projects can be put to work for taxpayers now.