“In order to strengthen and restore California’s economic freedom and prosperity, and to maintain its healthy environment, CABPRO works for lower fees and taxes, less government regulation, and preservation of property rights for all residents, and business, property, and resource owners.”
Our natural resources are valuable assets and they must be used wisely. As a fourth generation farmer, I recognize the value of good stewardship of our resources and the bountiful harvest that nature provides again and again. From my position as Vice Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Agriculture, I fought to protect the vital uses of our natural resources from those who would deny human beings the benefit of this blessed land in which we live.
Increasing California's Water Supply = Preparing for Our Future - California's future prosperity is clearly linked to a safe and abundant supply of water to meet the demands of agriculture, industry, environmental, health and safety and residential concerns. Throughout our history, California has struggled to achieve a balance among the competing interests staking their claims on a static water supply. Protecting our water rights and increasing California's water storage are essential to our future.
We must strongly oppose environmental extremism that thwarts the development of water storage projects to meet our growing human needs. We must also proactively support those alternatives that would allow California's coastal communities to utilize new technologies to develop their own water supply from the ocean.
Fire Protection through Healthy Forest Management – In 2004, I authored the Forest Fire Protection Act, AB 2420 to make it easier and less costly for owners of forest land to thin trees without filing a burdensome Timber Harvest Plan (THP). The recent, devastating forest fires in each of our northern counties were a grim reminder of the catastrophe that awaits if we don’t begin a serious effort to thin trees and remove fuels from our forest lands. The benefits of adopting this economically balanced approach are many. Promoting policies that will make our rural communities safer, preserve our wilderness areas, save wildlife habitat and create jobs will continue to be a priority for me as your representative.
Promoting Agriculture and Our Farm Economy - Agriculture is the backbone of our northern California economy and I will continue to provide a strong voice for our vital farming industries. We must work tirelessly to protect our rural way of life, so that future generations of Californians can benefit from the security of a dependable, sustainable and safe food supply. California helps to feed the world, and we must continue the fight for fair trade throughout the world so that our products - the best quality in the world - will be available to every person who wants them.
Doug LaMalfa is the State Senator (R-Richvale) representing the Fourth District.
I support this week’s (September 23) Republican “You Cut” proposal to reduce the federal work force to its pre-Obama level by phasing out 188,000 new Obama bureaucrats.
This spending isn’t stimulating the economy. It’s stimulating government at the expense of the economy.
Before government can create a job by spending money, it must first take that money out of the productive sector, destroying the very jobs that create wealth and replacing them with government jobs that merely consume it.
In 1946, Harry Truman slashed federal spending from $85 billion to $30 billion and fired ten million federal employees. It was called “War Demobilization.” The Keynesians predicted catastrophic unemployment. Instead, he produced the post-war economic boom.
We know how to revive an economy because we’ve done it before by reducing the burdens government has placed on productivity. All we lack is the political will. Perhaps the American people can help with that.
Congressman Tom McClintock represents California's 4th Congressional District.
In California, we spend more money a year on taxes than most spend on food, clothing, and shelter combined. As Californians we also pay some of the highest taxes in the nation, including the highest sales and income taxes. Yet Sacramento Democrats are scheming to take away even more of your hard-earned dollars to compensate for their over-spending despite a staggering $12.5 billion tax increase imposed just last year! With the highest sales tax and second highest income tax in the country, Democrats are planning again to raise billions of dollars in new taxes. Here are just some of the measures that they have proposed:
· $14 Billion in a New Income Tax Increase over 5 years.
· $1.4 Billion Tax on Oil- Californians already pay 63.9 cents/gallon, the highest in the nation.
· 4.8% Tax Increase on New Home Insurance Policies- another hit on home and property owners.
· Tax on the Miles you Drive- a "pilot program" that will lead to taxing Californians on the number of miles they drive each year.
· 25 Cents Per Bag Grocery Store Tax- a "green" bag fee of at least 25 cents on each bag for groceries.
· 10 Cents Per Soda- taxing the soda you drink based on sugar content.
· $3 Tax on Traffic Tickets- a tax increase of $3 per ticket.
· Tax on Parking- workers that receive free or subsidized parking will now be taxed for it as income.
To make matters worse, Californians are facing hundreds of billions in increases for employers, ratepayers, property owners, and local taxpayers from recently enacted policies:
· $210 Billion in New Health Care Taxes- taxes on employers to fund a new government-run health care plan.
· $146 Billion in New Global Warming Taxes- AB 32 related cap and trade could result in $146 billion in new costs being passed on to consumers.
· $420 Million Lost by Repealing Job Creating Tax Incentives- California's unemployment rate is currently 12.5% and growing, but businesses are treated like enemies.
· Potentially Billions in New Local Tax Increases- Democrats are paving the way for authorizing cities and counties to establish local income taxes and car taxes.
· Potentially Billions in a Split Roll Property Tax- will increase taxes on property owned by businesses that create jobs in California.
It seems to me that my colleagues across the aisle refuse to hear the voice of the people. We already live in a state that is ranked last in the nation for business, with some of the strictest regulations and highest taxes around. Voters across our great state spoke loud and clear last May when they voted two to one against tax increases. All the same, they continue to push for more. Our weakened economy is merely the tip of the iceberg, with worse to come if we continue down this path.
The economic troubles currently facing Greece should serve as a wake up call to us all. A country that was once ranked amongst the thirty largest economies in the world is now in the midst of a full blown economic meltdown. How did they get there you ask? Simple; they continued to spend and borrow until credit dried up and their looming deficits reached a point of no return. California is currently treading in eerily similar waters. If Greece foreshadows what is in store, I am all the more convinced that we must put a stop to our practices now. As you can clearly see, over-spending and senseless taxation is not a long term solution. Let the majority party know that you will no longer finance their pet projects and out of control spending by allowing them to take away your hard earned dollars. If government continues to "kick" taxpayers like skunks, they should stick around for the smell.
You spoke loud and clear in the last election, and you told Sacramento no new taxes. Call your legislators, and remind them - once and for all - who they work for. Together, we can win this fight.
Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Linda, represents the 3rd Assembly District in the California Legislature. He is vice-chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy, and Chairman of the Assembly Republican Task Force on Jobs and the Economy.