Prop 23 Update: I told you this would happen
09/20/2012 20 Comments
Joel Anderson, California State Senator, has the details in a Fox and Hounds article:
As Californians have come to learn, promises and assurances don’t seem to matter much under the Capitol Dome.
There was some loose talk a few months ago from Governor Jerry Brown that he’d like to see the anticipated AB 32 fees get diverted to pay for his beloved High Speed Rail system.
But why stop there?
Ignoring the assurances of then-Speaker Fabian Núñez, current Assembly Speaker John Perez has taken Brown’s lead and introduced AB 32 amendments (AB 1532) for the purpose of removing language restricting how AB 32 proceeds are spent.
If the governor signs it into law, the AB 32 monies would simply be dumped into the state treasury and could be used for anything from paying old debts to buying more unused trucks to sit in some CalTrans service yard.
Gone are the promises of using AB 32 fees to fund reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Gone are the hopes of funding new investments in new carbon-reduced energy technologies.
In fact, with fees taken by Perez and AB 1532, all that’s left of AB 32 is the hope that somehow, mandating a massive cut in greenhouse gasses will magically inspire new technologies and innovation, even though no government mandate or regulation, ever, at any time, has led to an economic boon.
AB 32 was delivered with certain set of promises. But in the six years since it passed, efforts to reduce its potential to something that amounts to nothing more than a massive new limitless tax on nearly every aspect of our lives are everywhere.
Plans to use the funds for everything from transportation, housing, and food to job creating industries circle the capitol like vultures. Proceeds from the tax, instead of going to alternative energy research and development, will now be tossed into the bottomless pit of state government spending.
Remember how our local left assured us this would not happen during the Prop 23 debates. Now all we hear is the crickets.