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Dan Walters: California Democrats searching under every fiscal rock
Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/23/12 | Dan Walters

Posted on 04/23/2012 8:43:11 AM PDT by SmithL

With the state budget mired in deficits, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators, especially his fellow Democrats, are searching under every fiscal rock for money to spend.

That search has spawned an odd syndrome involving what could be three big pots of money – a competition among liberals over how they should be spent if, indeed, they materialize.

The pots:

• What could be several billion dollars a year in "cap-and-trade" fees that industries must pay as part of the state's anti-greenhouse gas crusade.

• Another billion-plus bucks that it's believed would appear were the state to change taxation of multi-state corporations by adopting the so-called "single sales factor."

• A billion-plus dollars in low-income housing funds gathered by local redevelopment agencies before Brown and the Legislature put them out of business.

By law, the cap-and-trade funds must be used for greenhouse gas reduction. But they could be indirectly captured to offset state budget deficits by allocating them to existing state operations tied to carbon reduction, thus freeing up money for other areas facing cuts, such as health and welfare services.

Liberal legislators appear to be leaning in that direction, but Brown has indicated that he wants cap-and-trade money to be the backstop for his pet project, a statewide bullet train system, . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: capandtrade; corruption; democrats; fraud; globalwarminghoax; goldenstate; highspeedrail; pork; rats; smokeandmirrors; taxandspend; taxcheatparty
So, they'll turn over an imaginary rock and find some more imaginary money, and proclaim the budget to be balanced, without cutting any of their favorite programs. Again.
1 posted on 04/23/2012 8:43:15 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

They ought to find lots of friends and relatives under those rocks.


2 posted on 04/23/2012 8:44:29 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: SmithL

Yeah, I’m sure these alternatives will have businesses just flocking to California. /s (will that last company to leave the state please turn out the lights.)


3 posted on 04/23/2012 8:50:46 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: SmithL

All levels of government in this nation, are committing acts of Fiscal High Treason.

Literally.


4 posted on 04/23/2012 8:51:50 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: SmithL

Looking for prosperity in all the wrong places.


5 posted on 04/23/2012 8:52:29 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Nothing is more enlightening than truth. Nothing is darker than mendacity.)
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To: SmithL
With the state budget mired in deficits

To adopt a policy of deficits, a state or local government must be reckless, corrupt, or ignorant to a very high degree.But since libtards are stuck on stupid and just don't get it, they are looking for new ways to finance their insane spending instead of trying to find ways to cut spending.

6 posted on 04/23/2012 8:52:58 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: SmithL

And next year? And the year after that?
LOL, the liberal Democrat assclowns crack me up.


7 posted on 04/23/2012 8:58:27 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: SmithL

If CA pols could just figure out how to get enough money from us, they could solve all our problems.


8 posted on 04/23/2012 8:59:34 AM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: SmithL; celtic gal; Forty-Niner; exit82; sheik yerbouty; mazda77; vette6387; null and void; flat; ..

Do ya think they should be looking “under the table” where they get their bribes and questionable handouts like their Liberal brothers and sisters in DC??? Just wondering.


9 posted on 04/23/2012 9:03:47 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: mjp

California is what happens when the parasites outnumber the hosts, and too many hosts are too stupid to care.
California didn’t get into its present mess because only the parasites voted Democrat.


10 posted on 04/23/2012 9:04:09 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Oh well. The voters of California keep electing liberals year after year. They are getting what they voted for. Conservatives and Republicans should vote with their dollars and feet and get out of their.


11 posted on 04/23/2012 9:06:43 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: Lancey Howard

Oh well. The voters of California keep electing liberals year after year. They are getting what they voted for. Conservatives and Republicans should vote with their dollars and feet and get out of their.


12 posted on 04/23/2012 9:07:20 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: ExTexasRedhead
No, Dear, that would be their money.
They only want to spent our money!
13 posted on 04/23/2012 9:10:42 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1189 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: LeonardFMason

Get out of their what?


14 posted on 04/23/2012 9:12:21 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1189 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: SmithL

Mark my words....these barracudas will find a way to overturn Prop 13.


15 posted on 04/23/2012 9:21:11 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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To: SmithL

They could charge a toll at the border, all illegals would pay a $100 fee. Put a 10 percent tariff on any money sent to Mexico. That could bring in a lot of cash. Of course the California government would just give it away in freebies to the illegals; so stupid are the dem legislators. They need to spend the money on those who produce the big bucks, instead of enticing companies and productive citizens to leave because of neglect and harassment.


16 posted on 04/23/2012 9:26:39 AM PDT by roadcat
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To: SmithL

The magic formula for California Democrats is to find a money source from outside California.


17 posted on 04/23/2012 9:30:14 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: LeonardFMason

California could charge a “departure tax” to everyone leaving the state.


18 posted on 04/23/2012 9:30:17 AM PDT by moovova
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To: umgud

“If CA pols could just figure out how to get enough money from us, they could solve all our problems.”

Some of the rocks they are looking under:

1. They’ve doubled the annual elevator inspection fee and they now come around about every 18 months ( which is actually a good thing because they are shills for the elevator maintenance companies).

2. Now there is an $18 fee for not registering a vehicle (Planned Non-Operation). Used to be $0.


19 posted on 04/23/2012 9:32:16 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: circlecity

“(will that last company to leave the state please turn out the lights.)”

The LAST company to leave will be leaving because the lights are out.


20 posted on 04/23/2012 10:52:26 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: mjp

Amen. Taxes and ripoffs never change in LALA land.


21 posted on 04/23/2012 11:13:58 AM PDT by gakrak ( A man should know his limitations and act accordingly.)
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To: SmithL
By law, the cap-and-trade funds must be used for greenhouse gas reduction. But they could be indirectly captured to offset state budget deficits by allocating them to existing state operations tied to carbon reduction, thus freeing up money for other areas facing cuts, such as health and welfare services.
Out of one side of their mouths, liebrals tell us global warming/climate change/whatever they call it this month not a scam, then we see this. Same old same old - governments always mis-use purpose-driven taxes. Every darned time.

Do they ever stop lying? (Yeah, I know -- it's a rhetorical question.)
22 posted on 04/23/2012 11:57:38 AM PDT by Peet (Cogito ergo dubito.)
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To: SmithL; ExTexasRedhead

Bump for later read ............................... FRegards


23 posted on 04/23/2012 4:13:31 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

“Do ya think they should be looking “under the table””

Absolutely!


24 posted on 04/23/2012 8:37:44 PM PDT by Yehuda (http://jewpoint.blogspot.com)
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