ICYMI: TAXPORTATION -- Profligate Waste Negates Justification for Transportation Tax Hike

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
By Jon Coupal
May 22, 2016  [Excerpts]

"In the 1950s and ’60s, California had the best transportation agency in the entire world. But all that changed with the election of a new, anti-growth, small-is-beautiful governor by the name of Jerry Brown."

"Fast forward 40 years. Governor Brown, version 2.0, proposes a budget that assumes a big increase in transportation taxes and fees. The California Legislature shouldn’t just say no, it should say hell no. California is already a high tax state with the highest income tax rate and the highest state sales tax in America."

"The high cost to drive in California might be understandable if we were getting value for our tax dollars. But we aren’t. A big problem is that Caltrans is dysfunctional, plain and simple."

"Senator John Moorlach, the only CPA currently serving in the California legislature, reacted saying that 'This audit reinforces the fact that our bad roads are not a result of a lack of funding. They’re a result of a lack of competence at Caltrans.'"

"All this compels the obvious question: Why, for goodness sake, do we want to give these people even more money?".