California Governor wants to tax drinking water
California is the land of the carbon tax, which is essentially a tax on air. So why not a tax on drinking water? If people need it to survive there's no better source of revenue for government. Fuel for your car so you can get to work? Taxed. Roof over your head? Taxed. Your job? Taxed. Now your drinking water. TAXED.
The governor says he wants to take the drinking water tax money and then use it to fund water projects in areas where water resources are challenged. Of course it's not like California is taxed to death already.
Likely this is a veiled effort to make plastic bottles unviable economically in the state and less about drinking water in Mojave hamlets.
"The vast majority of the state's residents have access to safe drinking water, but a small percentage of the population does not," the association said in a statement. "This unacceptable reality is a social issue for the State of California. ACWA believes that making access to safe drinking water for all Californians should be a top priority for the State.
However, a statewide water tax is highly problematic and is not necessary when alternative funding solutions exist and the state has a huge budget surplus."
Orange County Republican Travis Allen, who ran for governor in 2018, took to Twitter to blast the new tax.
"In one of his first official acts @GavinNewsom wants to TAX YOUR WATER," Allen tweeted. "There is no limit to what @TheDemocrats will tax or excuses they'll make to TAKE YOUR MONEY. It's time Republicans start fighting and TAKE BACK CALIFORNIA!!"
Now is the time for Republicans to "start fighting"?