By Jon Coupal | In football, defensive coaches tell their players that the best way to avoid missing a tackle is to keep their eye on the ball carrier’s belly button.
The runner may duck, weave, or spin but the belly button is always at the center.
This is a fitting metaphor for the annual Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association legislative scorecard.
Politicians will try all the dance moves they know in an effort to get to the tax-and-spend end zone, but report cards like ours hold them accountable to the people who matter most: the taxpayers who elected them.
In 2019, many taxes were stopped short of the goal line.
Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1 (ACA 1) would have lowered the two-thirds vote for bonds and parcel taxes to 55 percent and thus fundamentally altered Proposition 13 in the process.
Had it been approved, it would have resulted in billions of dollars of additional property tax increases, above and beyond the one percent cap established by Proposition 13.
Thankfully, it fell ten votes short of passage and was therefore defeated.
Other taxes that were tackled in the 2019 session included taxes on handguns and ammunition, water, soda, a sales tax on services, and a severance tax on oil, taxing it as it comes out of the ground.
However, victories in the Capitol are always short-lived.
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