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9 CA GOP Legislators Voted for $2 Billion Tax Extension

By on October 5, 2013

This piece was originally posted at JohnHrabe.com

A week ago, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a $2 billion tax extension. Unless you’re a Capitol insider, you probably missed the news. Only the Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee featured short web stories about the issue.

Before you criticize the mainstream media for once again covering for liberal Democrats, realize that 9 Republican legislators voted for the $2 billion tax extension. The tax measure would have failed without the GOP votes.

Senate GOP Leader Bob Huff joined by his colleagues Anthony Cannella, R- Ceres; Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands; Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield; and Andy Vidak, R- Hanford, voted in favor of the multi-billion tax extension. State Senator Mimi Walters, R-Irvine, voted for a companion measure with near identical language, SB 11, in an earlier floor vote, but changed her vote once AB 8 reached the floor.

Although fewer in number, the three votes by Assembly Republicans for a $2 billion tax extension might be even more disheartening. State Assemblymembers Katcho Achadjian, R- San Luis Obispo, Frank Bigelow, R-Madera, and Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, voted for AB 8, giving Speaker John Perez the 54 votes needed to pass the bill. If any of the GOP Assembly members abstained, the bill would have failed.

Assembly Bill 8 by Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, extended the sunset date on various vehicle taxes and fees in order to fund clean-energy programs, including the expansion of hydrogen fueling stations in the state. According to the bill analysis, it extends until January 1, 2024:

  • $8 increase of the smog abatement fee;
  • $0.75 fee increase on tire sales;
  • $3 increase of the annual vehicle registration fee
  • $2 surcharge for local air districts on vehicle registrations;
  • $5 increase of the fee for special identification plates for construction equipment, farm trailers, cotton trailers, logging vehicles and cemetery equipment;
  • $10 and $20 increase for vessel registration.

In January, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association warned that the total bill to taxpayers was $2.3 billion. The additional revenue will go towards programs for the construction of hydrogen fueling stations and the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program, which provides taxpayer-funded grants for businesses to buy new eco-friendly engines and equipment. It also postpones new regulations by the Air Resources Board, a move which is praised by businesses and criticized by environmental groups like the Sierra Cub.

In other words, higher taxes to fund corporate welfare and regulatory relief for big business. Even liberal Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Morain conceded, “The legislation does raise questions about pork barrel spending.”

State Senate Floor Vote on $2 Billion Tax Extension

September 11, 2013: State Senate Floor Vote on AB 8

GOP Votes:

State Assembly Floor Vote on $2 Billion Tax Extension

September 11, 2013: State Assembly Floor Vote#2 on AB 8

GOP Votes

June 27, 2013: State Assembly Floor Vote #1 on AB 8

GOP Votes:

AB 8 Committee Votes

Senate Environmental Quality Committee on 8/21/2013 : Fuller, AYE

Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on 8/21/2013: Cannella, AYE

Assembly Transportation Committee on 4/08/2013: Achadjian, AYE

SB 11 Floor Vote

An internal Senate Republican Caucus bill analysis of SB 11 claimed:

“The continuation of billions of dollars of vehicle registration fees and tire taxes for eight years is a hefty price to pay. This bill would result in fee extensions of $8 in smog abatement, $18 for vehicle registrations, $10 on boat registrations, and $0.75 per tire on consumers annually until the year 2024.

5/29/2013: Senate Floor Vote on SB 11

GOP Votes:

  • GOP Senate Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar
  • Anthony Cannella, R- Ceres
  • Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands
  • Jean Fuller, Bakersfield
  • Mimi Walters, R-Irvine

SB 11 Committee Votes

Senate Appropriations Committee on 5/23/2013: Walters, AYE

Senate Environmental Quality Committee on 8/21/2013 : Fuller, AYE

Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on 4/9/2013: Cannella, AYE

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