“If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street, ,If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat,” the Beatles sang. “If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat, If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.”
California is running out of things to tax. You might say it’s experiencing a tax drought. So it’s time to tax the drinking water.
Sacramento is setting its eyes on the latest resource it can tax in California — drinking water.
For the first time in California’s history, lawmakers are proposing a 95-cent per month tax on your water bill. Senate Bill 623 would establish a new water connection tax, fertilizer tax and milk tax to raise about $200 million for a new “Safe and Affordable Water” fund.
While we all can all agree that all Californians should have access to safe and clean drinking water, there are ample general fund resources and many federal grants available to pay for those costs. The answer is to this problem is not imposing a new $200 million annual water tax.
Imposing a tax is California’s only solution to everything. But socialized medicine and a train to nowhere won’t pay for themselves.