August 2011 archive

Aug 29 2011

Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform: Vote NO on AB 155


Here is Grover Norquist’s letter to California Legislators.

Americans for Tax Reform sent the following letter this morning to all members of the California legislature, urging their opposition to AB 155, legislation which seeks to prevent California voters from having a say on the job-killing online sales tax signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in June:

Note well:

I strongly urge you to oppose the re-enactment of a tax on Internet and remote sales with the sole purpose of circumventing Californians’ ability to vote this tax down at the ballot box.  Assembly Bill 155, under a recently outlined plan, would repeal and then re-enact recently passed legislation that dissolved the physical presence standard for tax collection, attempting to force out-of-state retailers to collect and remit sales tax.

For lawmakers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a vote in favor of this plan is a violation of your commitment to constituents to “oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

I am positive John and Ken on KFI Radio will have something to say about this end run legislation, AB 155 this afternoon.


Aug 29 2011

Americans For Tax Reform Says Voting for AB 155 to “End Run” California Internet Sales Tax Referendum Would Be a Pledge Violation


Thanks to Jon Fleischman for bringing this to everyone’s attention.

This just in from Patrick Gleason & Kelly W. Cobb over at Americans for Tax Reform…

The latest exhibit of this unfortunate fact is Assembly Bill 155, legislation that, if Democrat lawmakers have their way, would “gut-and-amend” an existing bill to re-enact a sales tax on out-of-state and online purchases signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in June. The end goal of this legislation, pushed by the often misguided and incorrect Sen. Loni Hancock, is simply to block California voters from deciding the fate of the controversial online sales tax on the ballot. Gov. Brown has been stressing the need for job creation lately, yet let’s not forget that the application of his signature to that legislation cut off a vital source of income for many Californians, with 25,000 Golden State advertisers losing some or all of their business as a direct result.

Sacramento’s latest Internet tax plan is nothing more than an end-run around the will of the people and an effort to enshrine the enactment of an economically destructive tax increase into law. Fortunately this measure is subject to a two-thirds vote requirement, and as such, Republican lawmakers can block it if they keep their commitment to their constituents.

This morning ATR sent a letter to all California legislators making clear that AB 155 is a violation of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, and strongly urging opposition to this ill-advised legislation. For a copy of the letter, click here.

Remember from the earlier post.

Call, e-mail and fax the “SQUISHY” California Republican State Senators.


Aug 29 2011

Will ANY California Republican State Senators Support Online Sales Tax Proponents to Invalidate Sponsored Online Sales Tax Referendum?


It is difficult to say at this time, but my Sacramento sources tell me that the California GOP Senators that Jerry Brown worked over the State Budget debacle (to obtain a 2/3’rds vote and political cover) are in the cross hairs of Wal-Mart, plus California Democrats, who want to screw over and California taxpayers. Remember when the original Amazon Tax Bill came through the California Legislature NOT one Republican Legislator voted for it in the Senate.

So, who are these GOP Senators who might FLIP?

One who is mentioned is outgoing Senate Republican Caucus leader Bob Huff. He has said he “could be open to supporting the measure.”

How about giving this California Legislator a few phone calls, e-mails and faxes telling him that we California voters do NOT want this tax increase. His contact information is here.

Senator Huff is finishing his first term as a California State Senator, having served previously in the California Assembly. Huff will be up for re-election in 2012 and all Senate districts have been reapportioned this year.

Let your voice be heard Californians. Tell Senator Bob Huff to just say NO to this end around by left-wing Democrats and Wal-Mart.

The other California GOP Senators that are “SQUISHY” or are being lobbied to FLIP on the Amazon Tax are:

  1. Senator Tom Berryhill
  2. Senator Sam Blakeslee
  3. Senator Anthony Cannella
  4. Senator Bill Emmerson – Senator Emmerson is also an orthodontist.
  5. Senator Tom Harman

So, light up the phones of these California Legislators. Tell them to just vote NO on internet sales taxes. Tell them no more supporting the games of left-wing Democrats and Jerry Brown.

Remember Wal-Mart and the Democrats will need three (3) GOP Republican senators to FLIP in order to pass this last minute legislation. And, two (2) in the California Assembly. The Senate vote is first and will likely be tomorrow.

Light up the phones, Californians.


Aug 28 2011

California Internet Sales Taxes – The Week to Come

Share is certainly willing to put its money where its principles are.

More than nine months before a proposed June 2012 referendum asking that California’s new Internet sales tax law be overturned, Amazon, the Seattle-based online retailer, has already spent $5.25 million, state records show, more than any company has spent in California this far from a vote in at least a decade.

“The initiative and referendum process have been hijacked,” said Loni Hancock, a state senator from Berkeley, who wrote the law Amazon is trying to overturn and who is now pushing legislation that could block Amazon’s referendum effort.

Even by California’s expensive campaign standards, the company’s early contributions are causing observers to take note.

For example, the company’s $5.25 million investment dwarfs the $1.5 million that Pacific Gas and Electric spent nine months ahead of the vote on Proposition 16, a June 2010 initiative that would have made it more difficult for local governments to get into the electricity business.

P.G.& E. ultimately spent $46 million on that campaign. Political observers say that by spending more, earlier, Amazon is showing potential opponents that its ultimate campaign spending could soar even higher.

“These types of sums can send a very strong discouraging signal to potential opponents,” said Dan Schnur, a veteran Republican political strategist who is now director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California.

While Wal-Mart and other deep-pocketed retailers have lined up in favor of the tax law, they may decide to forgo financing the opposition to Amazon’s referendum if they feel it faces long odds, Mr. Schnur said.

Early polling has suggested that a vote would be close. A Los Angeles Times-University of Southern California poll released last month found 46 percent of voters favoring an online sales tax, with 49 percent opposed.

Ned Wigglesworth, a political consultant coordinating the Amazon-financed More Jobs Not Taxes campaign, said he did not see “any significance” in the company’s historic giving and dismissed the notion that Wal-Mart could be scared away by $5 million in campaign contributions.

Neither Amazon nor Wal-Mart representatives responded to calls and e-mails seeking comment.

Meanwhile, in Sacramento, Ms. Hancock has begun a quixotic quest to keep California voters from weighing in on whether online retailers should be required to collect sales tax. On Thursday, she pushed a new bill through a legislative committee that election law experts said could prevent Amazon from putting a referendum on tax collection before the voters.

I understand there will be a vote on Tuesday in the California Assembly on this new legislation and the lobbying this weekend has been intense on “SQUISHY” Republicans who will be needed to push this forward (two thirs vote required).

Now, Wal-Mart spends a lot on campaign donations to California Legislators and, of course, has a physical presence in the state. They will try to leverage their political muscle to derail and recapture some of their California market.

Nothing personal – it is just business.

Plus, the Democrats who love to bash Wal-Mart about the fact they are not a union shop, perhaps have agreed to lighten up on the mega-store, if they help against

Oh the POLS, they will tax anything, anywhere and anyway they can.

When I am able to identify the “SQUISHY” Republicans, I will post up their names/contact information and I will be sure that they hear about the issue from California VOTERS.


Aug 28 2011

Dilbert August 28, 2011 – Honest Opinion


Dilbert by Scott Adams

Best not to try….