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I admit I am a part of the horrible "Deplorables” as labeled by Hillary Clinton during her presidential election campaign. I am also one of the more recently identified “Freeloaders,” as Governor Jerry Brown labeled those who opposed his 12-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax imposed by SB1 in California.

My label has been earned (or developed) in part as I have considered some of the following listed facts:

California now has the nation’s highest state income tax rate, which is 34 percent higher than second-place Oregon.

At more than 69 cents a gallon, including the recent 12-cents-per-gallon SB1 “Cap and Trade” tax to combat global warming, California has the highest state gasoline tax in the nation. This tax rate is more than twice the national average of just 31.1 cents a gallon.

As a result of Assembly Bill 32 and Senate Bill 32 (California’s solution for global warming act) California has instituted the highest “Cap and Trade” tax in the nation – indeed, the only such tax in the nation. The cap and trade tax increases consumer costs for electricity, gasoline and manufacturing. Even proponents concede that since it was passed over 10 years ago it has had and will have zero measurable impact on global warming. However, some of the billions of dollars collected are being used to fund Jerry Brown's “bullet train.“

A good example of our future benefits is the construction which has started of an initial “bullet train” section, which will surely speed our frequent commutes between Merced and Bakersfield.

Napa County is getting into the Cap and Trade process with its own “Climate Action Plan” (CAP), which I have previously dubbed “Napacare.” A California building industry coalition has estimated that implementing Napa’s CAP will add $58,000 to the cost for each new home constructed in the county. Way to go for affordable housing in Napa.

The median California home cost is already three times that of the average for similar homes in the other 49 states.

Electricity costs 56.1 percent more on average per kilowatt hour in California than the average for the other 49 states. (The Napa CAP will add to these electricity costs.)

California has 12 percent of the nation’s population, but 33 percent of the country’s “Temporary Assistance for Needy Families” welfare recipients – more than the next seven states combined. Additional “temporary” funds in the form of parcel taxes and sales taxes of approximately $2.9 billion have been authorized in four of the nine Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) counties and are actively being promoted in the remaining ABAG counties (including Napa). These measures tax all residents in order to fund housing for the areas low income or homeless.

Sounds kinda socialistic to me.

Jack Gray, Director

Napa County Taxpayers Association

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