The Buck Stops Here – sign the gas tax petition

11 Feb

I printed out a copy of the gas tax repeal petition, signed it, and mailed it in Thursday, I hope you will do same.

I am not contributing money to the effort but figure two more signatures – including my husband’s – will not hurt. 

Reform California is trying to get the tax measure onto the November ballot. Of course that’s a crap-shoot – what if the voters, heavily bent with public employees, pass it? Ever wonder what proportion of our population is public workers who  benefit from tax increases? Just ask Google!

This data is from the 2014 Census figures. Read the intro – education employees are separated out, the first number you see – 883,408 – is just state, county, and city workers. Scroll down to “Public Employment by Job Classification” to see school workers by state – select California. That’s another 633,301 for a total of over 1.5 million full time, pensioned public workers. 

Also according to the US Census Bureau, the population of California was between 37 and 39 million in 2014, and about 23 percent of those people were under 18, unable to vote. Last year the LA Times reported 18.2 million registered voters in California.

So, 1.5 million voters in that pool does not sound like much, until you take into account – how many voting dependents/relatives do these people have? 

It’s hard trying to predict what the voters will do. Will they even vote, is the question. 

I hate sitting back and waiting, so I try to act. Signing the petition made me feel empowered, as if I was doing something. I think others will act too, if they feel the effort will lead to something bigger. Overturning the gas tax is not only good for our wallets, it’s a strike against the outrageous and dangerous overspending that has become Business as Usual for California and much of the nation. 

My dad had a hat he liked to wear – it said, “The Buck Stops Here.” 



7 Responses to “The Buck Stops Here – sign the gas tax petition”

  1. bob February 11, 2018 at 11:02 am #

    I went to that Web site. After I entered the info it displayed a pdf form that I can print and then fill out. I saved the form just in case I messed up filling it out.

    Also, did you see this article in the Bee? The local politicians in Sucramento want the voters to renew that half cent tax increase AND increase it another half cent! Just goes to show you that whatever they demand is NEVER enough. And guess what? That full cent tax increase pretty much matches the short term pension deficit. It’s all about the pensions.

    It’s interesting the Bee let Walters go but now they run an article from him that he wrote for and it’s about Sacramento City taxes and pensions.

    “Cities should fess up about taxes and pensions. Sacramento, that means you”
    Read more here:

    About the pensions! The same is true for the Chico Chamber of Commerce demanding a tax increase! The city is paying Katie Simmons (who runs the Chamber) her salary and getting the Chamber to do the bidding of the city government’s special interests! People really should be outraged about that.

    • Juanita Sumner February 11, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

      Thanks for the heads up about the sales tax – I knew when they passed this they would not let it go, ever.

      And thanks Dan Walters – at least we know we are not alone.

      Get a load of this article Dude sent from zerohedge – redacting salary information that is supposed to be public.

      When he was still posing as a human, David Little told me it’s a fight every year when he asks the city and the county for their salary information.

      It’s going to get ugly.

  2. bob February 11, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

    Also, they want you to write the name of the county on the top of the petition form you send in.

    And you should have separate forms for people registered to vote in different counties. Probably not an issue as there’s only fields for two registered voters on that form, but they both would have to be registered to vote in the same county otherwise you would need a separate form for each voter.

  3. bib February 11, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    Also, the petitions need to be received by Feb 28.

  4. bob February 11, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    Hah, bib…no, bob. But with the Democrats drooling tax increases all over me I do feel like a bib! 🙂

  5. bob February 11, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

    And it looks CalPERs is going to need a much larger annual return than 7% because their numbers are based on gimmicks…

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