If insanity is defined No RX Norvasc, as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, then the California Legislature is indeed an "institution" in more than one sense of the word. Any notion that, because of the recession and related budget crisis, 100mg Norvasc, the Legislature would finally "get it" and become fiscally prudent and transparent, Norvasc ebay, is dashed on the rocks of political reality.
For example, a fair amount of legislative effort this year was expended on bills that have been vetoed in previous years, 150mg Norvasc. Unless there has been a change in the Governor's office (or in his predisposition), Norvasc coupon, taxpayers can rightfully wonder why many of these bills are being advanced yet again. Of the numerous veto requests from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to Governor Schwarzenegger, at least six have been vetoed in previous years, Norvasc us.
Repetitive bills and meaningless bills -- think Blueberry Commission -- are bad enough, No RX Norvasc. But add to that the blatant disregard for transparency that permeates the end-of-session madness and you have a real problem. 30mg Norvasc, HJTA opposed three bills this year that were "gutted and amended" in the final week. This is a process whereby the entire contents of a bill is replaced and then jammed through the Legislature, often with little public scrutiny, 750mg Norvasc. In Capitol circles, Norvasc japan, these are called "mushroom bills" for their ability to grow in the dead of night. No RX Norvasc, Just one example of this is Senate Bill 83 by State Senator Loni Hancock which would authorize a "county transportation planning agency" by majority voter approval, to impose an annual fee of up to $10 per car to administer a program to manage traffic congestion and pollution. We oppose SB 83 because it purports to authorize special taxes that should require two-thirds voter approval under Proposition 13.
SB 83 was originally SB 205, 200mg Norvasc. This version of the bill was killed quietly in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 10mg Norvasc, Not content to let her bill die for the year, Senator Hancock moved the entire contents of SB 205 into SB 83 on September 4th, a week before the session ended, Norvasc australia. The bill then passed off the Assembly Floor on September 9th, the Senate on September 10th, and has now gone to the Governor, No RX Norvasc. There were no committee hearings on this bill, 40mg Norvasc, and no opportunity for public testimony. A process that would normally take months occurred in one week.
This is but one example demonstrating that, Norvasc india, while California continues its fiscal death spiral, 1000mg Norvasc, it is business as usual in the Legislature. And this institutional dysfunction has particularly disturbing consequences for taxpayers. No RX Norvasc, With this in mind, we briefly present our remaining Taxpayer Traps for 2009.
AB 267 by Assemblyman Tom Torlakson: Allows school districts to join together to form an 'Education Finance District, 250mg Norvasc,' making it easier to impose and increase parcel taxes. Norvasc craiglist, Parcel taxes avoid Proposition 13's one percent cap and are highly regressive. The owner of a mansion pays the same tax as someone living in a bungalow.
AB 286 by Assemblywoman Mary Salas: Extends the sunset date from January 1, Norvasc uk, 2010 to January 1, Norvasc mexico, 2018 allowing some counties to impose a $1-2 annual vehicle registration fee to fund programs that increase public safety funding. While this "fee" is already authorized by previous legislation, any extension of those fees should also require a two-thirds vote under provisions of Proposition 13, No RX Norvasc. Again, the vote is required because these are taxes and not true user fees which would otherwise exempt them from voter approval requirements, 500mg Norvasc.
SB 34 by State Senator Ellen Corbett: This bill would make it a criminal offense for initiative petition signature gatherers to be paid on a per signature basis. Norvasc usa, This bill is another example of the Legislature's obsessive hostility toward the initiative process. If the Legislature would like fewer initiatives, perhaps they should start doing their jobs, 20mg Norvasc. No RX Norvasc, In addition to being bad policy, we doubt the courts will allow this unwarranted attack on the initiative process to stand.
SB 406 by Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier: Allows a municipal planning organization or council of governments to adopt a resolution to impose a $1-2 VLF surcharge on vehicles registered within that jurisdiction to fund regional blueprint plan creation. Norvasc canada, Beyond assessing this VLF tax without any apparent vote of the people, the measure also violates Proposition 13 because there is absolutely no connection or nexus between vehicle fees and local land use planning. Thus, 50mg Norvasc, it cannot be termed a fee. Norvasc paypal, Since it is a tax for a special purpose, it should require a 2/3rds local voter approval.
The phrase "fiddling while Rome burned" has been used so many times to describe California's governance, Norvasc overseas, it has become its own cliché. But the Governor has a brief opportunity in the next several days to start to extinguish the fire by vetoing bad, anti-taxpayer legislation. We hope he does so.
copyright 2009 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest taxpayer organization with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento..
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