05/19/2012 1 Comment
Details at Watts Up With That!
Monitoring the political pulse for 2012 and anything else that tickles my interest.
05/19/2012 1 Comment
While AB-32 Global Warming Solutions act was sold to the public as way to to save the planet from CO2 emissions, it has now pivoted into another method to fleece citizens of $50 to $100 Billion dollars over ten years. Creating an AB-32 slush fund that has politicians pulses pounding as they devise methods of take control of this slush funds distribution. CalWatchDog has more details:
Cap and Trade Fund Distribution Bills
Assembly Bill 1532, sponsored by Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, would deposit Cap and Trade pollution permit monies into a new Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account to be controlled by the California Air Resources Board.
Senate Bill 535, sponsored by State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, would divert some of the Cap and Trade auction funds to disadvantaged communities, affordable housing, hospitals and schools.
Senate Bill 1572, the AB 32 Revenue Investment Plan, sponsored by State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Los Angeles, devises a strategic investment plant to distribute Cap and Trade proceeds.
AB 2404, the Local Emissions Reduction Fund, sponsored by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes. D-Arleta, would delegate the award of Cap and Trade monies to the Strategic Growth Council — a six person cabinet level committee under the Governor’s Office.
What is the Strategic Growth Council?
The Strategic Growth Council was authorized under Senate Bill 732 in 2008, sponsored by State Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento. It creates a cabinet-level committee to serve as a clearinghouse for the distribution of Cap and Trade funds. According to the Strategic Growth Council website, a laundry list of activities can be funded: “to improve air quality, protect natural resources, increase the availability of affordable housing, promote public health, improve transportation, encourage greater infill and compact development, revitalize community and urban centers, and assist state and local entities in the planning of sustainable communities.” But this may be a wish list more than what Cap and Trade auction proceeds can be legally spent on.
Who is on the Strategic Growth Council?
The Strategic Growth Council is composed of six members. Five are the heads of state agencies and a sixth member is from the public.
Current Council members include:
Ken Alex, secretary of the Office of Planning and Research;
John Laird, secretary of California Natural Resources Agency;
Diana Dooley, secretaru of California Health and Human Services;
Brian Kelly, acting secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency;
Matt Rodriguez, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection;
Bob Fisher, public member, president of the Mendocino Redwood Corporation and a member of the National Resources
Now the real question is why should California citizens vote for an $8.5 billion sales and income tax increase in November 2012 if Cap and Trade is going to raise $50 billion to $100 billion for state discretionary spending? That’s $6.25 billion to $12.5 billion per year from 2012 to 2020.
Vote NO on any initiative to raise taxes. Period.