Reform California collected 200,000 signatures against “text tax” in 72 hours

21 Dec

I know people were mad about the “text tax” proposed by the California Public Utilities Commission to pay for “low-income” and transients to have free cell phones, but I’d long ago begun to believe the California Establishment doesn’t care what the taxpayers think. 

And then I checked my e-mail and found this from Carl Demaio, of Reform California.

Dated December 17, he says, “After an outpouring of public outrage, the crazy Text Tax proposal from Sacramento politicians has been withdrawn – for now…

A rare success for California taxpayers!

How did it happen? With YOUR support, Reform California mounted an immediate counter-campaign that included a digital ad buy, an online Stop the Text Tax petition that was signed by over 200,000 individuals in 72 hours, and aggressive outreach to the media to ensure they saw this bizarre proposal. You know an idea is extreme when even the liberal national media mocks it!”

Wow, 200,000 signatures in 72 hours!  Thanks Carl! I was afraid the defeat of Prop 6 would send Demaio back to his corner, but I see he’s come out swinging.

Carl Demaio is the man who almost single-handedly funded the “Yes on Prop 6” campaign, the measure that would have repealed SB1, a gas tax increase that was enacted last January by the state legislature. Demaio still believes, and I agree – Prop 6 suffered a narrow defeat largely because California Attorney General Xavier Becerra used misleading language in writing the ballot measure. State agencies like Cal Trans used taxpayer money to mount a misinformation campaign. Of course the media was no help, telling people the state would have no money for road work if Prop 6 passed. It was a marvel of propaganda.

Demaio warns us, “Because the Text Tax was only tabled for now, please continue to forward the “Stop The Text Tax” Petition to your friends: here’s the link.

I signed it, I’ll ask you to sign it too. Here’s a good reason – despite the threats to cut off road maintenance if we passed Prop 6, crying they have no funding, directly after the election, on November 18, the Legislative Analyst’s Office announced California will have a “significant surplus” of $15 billion by June 30, 2020. Right now there’s about a $9 billion surplus. That’s BILLION, Honey.

While I haven’t heard any plans to remount a gas tax repeal for 2020, I do expect to hear more taxpayer outrage at the polls in two years. 

Oh, by the way, if you want to join French, Portuguese, Spanish, and other patriots in tax protest, get your yellow vest! Over 4500 people have been arrested in protests in those countries, I’ll ask, what the fuck is wrong with Californians? Too much ganja? 

Harbor Freight Tools in North Chico has good yellow vests for under $5 – I love that, make a bold statement for less than five bucks. And be safer on your bike!

Harbor Freight is located at 130 W. East Avenue, Suite A, across the road from Raleys. If you sign up for their catalog you get coupons in every issue – for Christmas we got a 20 percent off coupon.

Like Carl Demaio says, “While we celebrate, we know it is only a matter of time before they cook up another crazy and extreme tax hike — and we’ll be ready to fight it with your help!”


5 Responses to “Reform California collected 200,000 signatures against “text tax” in 72 hours”

  1. bob December 22, 2018 at 10:50 am #

    Doug Casey said Americans are whipped dogs. And he’s right. They let their politicians roll them again and again. And the people of California are the worst. They won’t even repeal the outrageous fuel and car registration tax increases. People like Demaio did the heavy lifting. All the damned people had to do was check a box on a piece of paper.

    Well, next year the gas tax goes up another 7 cents. And the gas, diesel and car registration taxes will go up automatically every year as they are indexed to inflation. This state currently has the second highest gas tax in the country and when you factor in the Cap And Trade tax on gas which no one ever mentions, this state has by far the highest gas taxes in the country.

    Do you know most of the country pays a dollar less a gallon then this state? Did you know many areas of the country are currently paying LESS than $2 a gallon? And here we pay around 3.50 a gallon.

    • Juanita Sumner December 22, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

      I read an article on the Reform California website about the unbelievable waste, and, really, FRAUD, with SB 1 funding. Everything from overspending on various questionable projects to lavish parties – with massages? – for management.

      And thanks for the link you sent – we need to turn up the lobster pot!

      • bob December 22, 2018 at 7:27 pm #

        And that article doesn’t even get into the job security aspect. It’s nearly imposable to get rid of a government employee while private sector employees have no job security.

      • Juanita Sumner December 23, 2018 at 6:57 am #

        Did you happen to see the notice about the work shop regarding Janus vs ACSME? I’ll try to post that later.

  2. bob December 22, 2018 at 11:26 am #

    Here is an article that explains part of the reason why the tax increases will keep coming. It will make your blood boil..

    Overpaid public-sector employees

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