California is known to be the most Leftist state in the country. It also has the highest taxes in the nation. And now, California has decided to go crazier by taxing drinking water.
Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom recently submitted a $209 billion budget that would set aside nearly $20 billion in a reserve fund. The state legislature of California has proposed more than $6.2 billion worth of tax increases to help with the Governor’s budget.
Governor Newsom says it is a “disgrace” that California does not have access to clean drinking water.
The new bill in the state legislature would create “the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund in the State Treasury, and is expected to be amended to include a tax-like ‘fee’ on drinking water to raise funds for State Water Resources Control Board to administer programs intended to provide safe drinking water for all Californians,” the CTF reported. The Foundation added that in 2018, a similar bill “was estimated to cost taxpayers $100 million annually, according to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.”
This new tax bill in California does not need support from two-thirds of lawmakers; it only needs a simple majority to get passed.
If the bill is passed, Californians should expect $1 to $10 a month on their water bills. And while this might sound like a small amount of money, it is the motive that counts. California wants to keep collecting money from citizens for projects that can be funded using other sources.
According to the Daily Wire, the water systems improvement project in California only requires $150 million. The government can easily raise this money at once. Instead, they choose to levy taxes on citizens, and those taxes would remain forever. This new tax is California’s way of generating a new constant supply of revenue for the government.
The new tax bill is expected to pass in the legislature.