Written by Gordon Webster, Jr.
Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, recently wrote an interesting oped for the Orange County Register looking at some of the resolutions the California Legislature has been peddling in its “epic” battle against President Trump.
From establishing a separate immigration policy to complaining about the Electoral College, Coupal argues that “At the beginning of last year’s session, so many days were spent on angry venting that almost no work got done, which for taxpayers may actually have been a good thing.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was a favorite target of Sacramento’s left-of-center elected officials, who insisted it was a gift for the rich that would hurt the poor and middle class. But there’s one resolution that stood out to Coupal — SJR21 by Sen. Jeff Stone (R-Temecula) that would encourage any taxpayer in California who disapproves of the tax cuts to donate their savings to the state’s general fund.
The resolution includes a list of the benefits of tax reform, including a doubling of the federal standard deduction, doubling of the child tax credit and the slimming of individual rates. It also points out how the lowering of the corporate tax rate has resulted in at least one million California workers receiving bonuses as well as benefit and pay increases.
Those are the things that voters will remember as they visit the ballot box later this year. And that’s the kind of resolution — as Coupal points out — that Sacramento won’t pass but really should.