California Governor Gavin Newsom Now Wants To Tax Drinking Water

Taxing the very water you drink - time to take California back!

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Fresh off being elected as the new incoming governor of California, Gavin Newsom is up to Jerry Brown’s old tricks. Newsom is proposing taxing the state’s drinking water. He claims this is socially responsible and would allow poor people access to safe and affordable water. Brown tried a similar move that was shot down even by California liberals.

Newsom’s proposed 2019-20 budget includes the creation of a “safe and affordable drinking water fund,” to “enable the State Water Resources Control Board to assist communities, particularly disadvantaged communities, in paying for the short-term and long-term costs of obtaining access to safe and affordable drinking water,” SFgate.com reported.

The budget, entitled “California for All,” declares drinking water a “fundamental right,” and adds: “The Budget includes short-term measures to bring immediate relief to communities without safe drinking water and also proposes an ongoing sustainable funding source to address this problem into the future.”

The roughly 400 water suppliers in the state of California are represented by the Association of California Water Agencies. Even they slapped back over the proposed water tax. In a statement, the association said it would be “highly problematic” and not necessary due to what it calls the state’s ample budget surplus.

That’s the other thing… California claims to have a surplus but the number of homeless people there and unbridled drug addiction is skyrocketing. Crime is off the charts and the once-beautiful and charming California towns and cities I knew are now more reminiscent of third-world hovels. If there is a surplus, they are right and have a point. Why is Newsom raising taxes on of all things drinking water?

“The vast majority of the state’s residents have access to safe drinking water, but a small percentage of the population does not,” the association stated. “This unacceptable reality is a social issue for the State of California. ACWA believes that making access to safe drinking water for all Californians should be a top priority for the State. However, a statewide water tax is highly problematic and is not necessary when alternative funding solutions exist and the state has a huge budget surplus.”

This particular tax, if I read it right, is combined with taxing fertilizer and dairy products. It’s causing a major outcry by Californians. Orange County Republican Travis Allen, who ran for governor in 2018, also blasted the idea. “In one of his first official acts @GavinNewsom wants to TAX YOUR WATER,” Allen tweeted. “There is no limit to what @TheDemocrats will tax or excuses they’ll make to TAKE YOUR MONEY. It’s time Republicans start fighting and TAKE BACK CALIFORNIA!!”

Very few specifics on the water tax have been released. It sounds like another ‘you have to pass the bill to find out what is in the bill’ ploy. Newson, however, is pushing the move for all he’s worth along with sanctuary cities.

He took members of his cabinet to the Central Valley, to talk with residents who he says lack clean drinking water. That was caused by moves by the EPA and politicians in California by the way. “Our first stop: we met with residents who cannot drink or bathe with the water in their homes — while paying more for it than those in Beverly Hills.,” Newsom wrote on Twitter. Why should taxpayers pay for a problem created by elitists?

When Jerry Brown tried this, he wanted to tax Californians 95 cents a month or $11.40 a year on water consumption. Even at that minor rate, residents nixed the move. An estimated 6 million Californians rely on water providers that have violated state standards at some point in the last six years, according to a 2018 investigation by McClatchy News. The news outlet’s report found that the majority of Californians without safe drinking water live in the Southern San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert.

If I remember correctly, those are areas that leaders in that state cut the water off to. Taxation is not the way to handle that. Use those alleged excess funds for infrastructure and fix it that way. You simply cannot tax your way out of every problem. You eventually run out of other people’s money.

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