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  • Calif. lawmaker may propose tripling vehicle registration fees

    11/15/2012 9:34:50 PM PST · by Schatze · 60 replies
    go.com ^ | Nov. 15, 2012 | Nannette Miranda
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) -- A controversial plan to raise the cost of registering your car in California could soon be in the works in Sacramento. Even with the Democrats' new supermajority, there are doubts lawmakers will be able to push through another tax. In what could be the Democrats' first test in the new supermajority powers in the Legislature, a group called Transportation California has asked St. Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, to introduce legislation to triple the vehicle license fee you pay to register your cars.
  • Latest Steve Jobs Mystery Revealed: How He Drove Without License Plates

    10/27/2011 7:44:06 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 73 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! Autos ^ | Oct 27, 2011 | Justin Hyde
    The multitude of mysteries revealed following the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' death now includes one that puzzled car enthusiasts for years: How did Jobs get away with driving without a license plate? It was common knowledge that Jobs would park his Mercedes SL55 AMG in a handicapped spot at Apple's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, with nothing to identify his vehicle other than the tiny barcode that usually rests behind the rear license plate. According to Walter Isaacson's new biography, Jobs wanted to avoid having a plate for privacy reasons; and yet when having a license-less silver Mercedes became a...
  • Obama floats plan to tax cars by the mile

    05/05/2011 5:42:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 348 replies
    Obama floats plan to tax cars by the mile By Pete Kasperowicz - 05/05/11 07:45 AM ET The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive. The plan is a part of the administration's "Transportation Opportunities Act," an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly. This follows a March Congressional Budget Office report that supported the idea of taxing drivers based on miles driven. Among other things, CBO suggested that a vehicle miles traveled (VMT)...
  • [CA] Vehicle Fee Increase To Further Hurt Struggling Businesses

    02/20/2009 8:42:00 PM PST · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 773+ views
    OCRegister ^ | February 20, 2009
    February 20, 2009 Vehicle fee increase to further hurt struggling businesses Taxi and limo companies as well as businesses that offer delivery services will take the biggest hit, owners say. By DEEPA BHARATH THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Steeper vehicle licensing fees could seriously affect taxicab, limo and delivery service businesses in Orange County that are already struggling to survive in a tough economy, local business owners said. State lawmakers have raised the fee for licensing vehicles in the state from 0.65 percent of the vehicle's value to 1.15 percent, which for a $40,000 car jacks the cost to $460 from...
  • California GOP leader expressed support for vehicle license fee hike, sources say

    12/11/2008 10:46:59 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 8 replies · 1,079+ views
    LA TIMES ^ | 12/12/08 | By Jordan Rau
    Reporting from Sacramento -- In private negotiations over the state's budget crisis, a top Republican legislator has broached the most dreaded idea in GOP circles: taxes. The leader of the Assembly's Republicans, Mike Villines of Clovis, has publicly maintained the GOP's hard line against any tax increases. But last month, he volunteered to other legislative leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that he might support an increase in the vehicle license fee and persuade other GOP lawmakers to go along, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions. Two of the sources were in the budget meeting where Villines spoke,...
  • California GOP leader expressed support for vehicle license fee hike (RECALL!!)

    12/11/2008 8:59:45 PM PST · by CalifScreaming · 14 replies · 632+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 11, 2008 | Jordan Rau
    In private negotiations over the state's budget crisis, a top Republican legislator has broached the most dreaded idea in GOP circles: taxes. The leader of the Assembly's Republicans, Mike Villines of Clovis, has publicly maintained the GOP's hard line against any tax increases. But last month, he volunteered to other legislative leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that he might support an increase in the vehicle license fee and persuade other GOP lawmakers to go along, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions.
  • CALIFORNIA: State grappling with a deficit

    02/29/2008 3:53:35 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 129+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 2/29/8 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    East Bay lawmakers predict a gruesome fight this spring over both the gaping state budget deficit and the rules under which California makes its financial decisions. California's projected $8 billion deficit for the upcoming fiscal year will force some tough choices because less painful options have been exhausted. The Legislature is on a partisan collision course between unpopular cuts and less popular tax increases, including the vehicle license fee. Republicans and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vow "no new taxes" while Democrats, labor unions and advocates for recipients of state-funded services, including schools, seniors and the poor, have called for a mix...
  • CA: Motorist fee increases signed by governor (It's not a TAX, it's a FEE increase. Thx Gubinator!)

    10/15/2007 9:20:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 84 replies · 215+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/15/07 | Patrick McGreevy
    SACRAMENTO — Acting on the last batch of bills from what experts called a disappointing regular legislative year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday signed into law a controversial increase in motorists' fees that is intended to raise millions to develop alternative fuel and clean-air technology. Consumer advocates condemned the bill for putting the costs on the backs of motorists rather than oil companies. Schwarzenegger also signed what became known as the "toxic toys" bill, which makes California the first state to prohibit the use of chemical compounds called phthalates in products designed for children under 3 years old. Making his...
  • CA: Donor-backed bills challenge governor (Perata and Nunez bring back the car tax!)

    10/13/2007 3:35:18 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 2 replies · 62+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 12, 2007 | Evan Halper
    There is a pair of bills on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk that puts him on the spot: They would cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, including a hike in the "car tax" that Schwarzenegger vilified in his first campaign for office. ... The measures as passed were not publicly debated. They received little vetting by policy experts. They were not fully written until the clock had almost run out on lawmakers preparing to adjourn and get out of town last month. And key provisions were shaped by a small group of big campaign contributors. The causes were advanced by...
  • Vote Due On Gas-Guzzler Fees (SUV Owners To Subsidize Hybrid Owners)

    06/07/2007 8:43:38 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 55 replies · 1,508+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Thursday, June 7, 2007 | Chris Bowman
    Vote due on gas-guzzler fees By Chris Bowman - Bee Staff Writer Published 12:00 am PDT Thursday, June 7, 2007 Here's one way to combat global warming: Take $2,500 out of the pockets of new Hummer owners and give it to buyers of the Toyota Prius. That's essentially the proposal set for a vote today or Friday on the Assembly floor of the California Legislature. The same body that passed the nation's first law curbing climate-altering or "greenhouse" tailpipe exhausts is debating a system of fees and rebates to coax some of those emission cuts from new car buyers. The...
  • Editorial: Carbon-reduction plan a step forward

    05/27/2007 12:01:38 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 24 replies · 784+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 5/27/2007 | Anon
    If California wants to achieve its goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 to fight global warming, it must find a way to cut down the biggest source of those pollutants: cars, trucks and other motor vehicles. Even though transportation contributes 41 percent of greenhouse gases, our society is too geographically dispersed and mobile to realistically expect that we can dramatically reduce the number of miles we drive, ride and fly. So that means our vehicles need to become far more fuel-efficient. The less gasoline per mile that a car uses, the less heat-trapping carbon dioxide it spews...
  • Less tax relief for Virginia car owners

    03/01/2006 11:26:54 AM PST · by JZelle · 3 replies · 292+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-1-06 | Christina Bellantoni
    RICHMOND -- Virginia's car-tax relief program is stuck in reverse. Starting next year, taxpayers will be required to pay local governments more money for the privilege of owning their cars. The state currently picks up 70 percent of motorists' car-tax bills, leaving car owners to pay the remaining 30 percent to their locality. However, the state's reimbursement will fall to 68 percent next year and 66 percent in 2008; it will continue to fall to 58 percent in 2013. Two years ago, the Republican-controlled General Assembly approved a $950 million cap on the state's total reimbursement. As more Virginians buy...
  • Virginia: Car-tax relief put on hold

    11/16/2001 1:23:51 PM PST · by cogitator · 21 replies · 336+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 11/16/2001 | Michael Hardy
    <p>A disappointed Gov. Jim Gilmore finally conceded yesterday that the state can't provide full car-tax relief next year, which he'd promised to do when he ran for office.</p> <p>He said the state will have to struggle mightily just to make up an $890 million budget shortfall.</p>
  • 'Independent Republican' Potts Joins Race in Va. (RINO running against GOP)

    02/25/2005 9:46:33 PM PST · by advance_copy · 58 replies · 1,444+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/25/05 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Chris L. Jenkins
    RICHMOND, Feb. 25 -- Sen. H. Russell Potts Jr. (R-Winchester) announced Friday that he is running for Virginia governor as an "independent Republican" and will mount a populist, pro-investment campaign against the two major party candidates. Potts, a senator for 14 years, said that he remains faithful to the principles of his party but that the GOP's rightward drift has put it out of line with the thinking of most Virginians. "I believe that Virginia is a moderate, middle-of-the-road state," said Potts, 65. "That's where I am." He vowed to turn back one of the most popular political promises in...
  • (Virginia) Senate Republicans stop rollback

    02/17/2005 6:25:43 AM PST · by Corin Stormhands · 32 replies · 1,687+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 2/17/05 | Michael Hardy, Jeff Schapiro
    Additional car-tax relief hit a dead end yesterday. House-passed legislation jump-starting the rollback of the local tax on personal motor vehicles was, in effect, defeated for the year in the Senate Finance Committee. The committee, dominated by moderate Republicans who consider the car-tax phaseout a budget-buster, refused to even vote on the bill, sponsored by Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter, R-
  • RINO Virginia Lt. Governor Candidate Sean Connaughton Against Repeal of Car Tax

    01/26/2005 11:11:16 AM PST · by chambley1 · 31 replies · 561+ views
    What else do you expect from a RINO who supported the transportation tax referendum and is himself a Tom Davis clone.
  • Virginia: Speaker Howell Calls for End to Car Tax

    08/12/2004 7:46:51 AM PDT · by cogitator · 10 replies · 448+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 12, 2004 | Christina Bellantoni
    Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell said yesterday he will support efforts to lift the cap on the state's car-tax-relief program in light of a budget surplus he expects could reach as high as $800 million over two years. Mr. Howell, Stafford County Republican, said the car tax on Virginia drivers is "incredibly unpopular" and "unfair." "I'd like to be done with the car tax, and I'd like to see the caps come off," Mr. Howell said during a meeting with editors and reporters at The Washington Times. "It's going to be difficult to take the cap off the car...
  • Virginia: Warner Seeks Complete Car-Tax Repeal; Some GOP Critical of Anti-Tax Phone Campaign

    02/24/2004 9:00:48 AM PST · by cogitator · 11 replies · 269+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | February 24, 2004 | Michael Hardy, Jeff Schapiro, Tyler Whitley
    <p>Gov. Mark R. Warner yesterday challenged lawmakers to make a decision about the popular car-tax-relief program that has stalled because of a soft economy.</p> <p>"Either finish it or change the extent of the obligation," said Warner, whose two-year state budget had proposed finishing the phaseout of the levy by 2008.</p>
  • Berkeley steers toward creating car tax Owners of multiple vehicles would pay more

    02/22/2004 4:29:46 AM PST · by sarcasm · 26 replies · 99+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 22, 2004 | Demian Bulwa
    <p>Berkeley's passionate hate affair with the automobile is heating up.</p> <p>Seeking to squeeze cash out of conspicuous consumers and packrats to help ease its budget crunch, the city of speed bumps and neighborhood traffic barriers is trying to figure out a way to do something unprecedented: tax residents who own multiple cars.</p>
  • California DMV Says Refund Checks (for Davis car tax) Will Be in the Mail Friday

    01/28/2004 1:13:45 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 278+ views
    ABC News 10 ^ | Jan. 28, 2004 | ABC News10
    Vehicle License Fee refund checks will go out Friday, the Department of Motor Vehicles announced this morning. Over the next two months the DMV will send out refunds totaling $4.7 million to Californians who registered their cars in the summer and fall of 2003. Last summer, the state budget deficit triggered an enormously unpopular three-fold increase in the VLF. When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected in October's recall election, the first thing he did when he took office was to repeal the increase. The DMV said this morning the first checks should arrive in mailboxes by early next week. The...
  • Governor's Car Tax Rollback Challenged In Court

    01/21/2004 5:49:54 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 14 replies · 331+ views
    AP via ktvu.com ^ | January 21, 2004 | Associated Press
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's key campaign promise to roll back a tripling of the state's car tax was challenged directly to the California Supreme Court on Wednesday by a coalition of college students and social activists whose members and clients will bear the brunt of his budget cuts. Opponents of the governor's November tax cut, which saves motorists $4 billion a year in annual registration renewal fees, want a majority of the seven high court justices to overturn the pledge, which has deepened the state's deficit, and along with it, the need for cuts to services. The petition...
  • Car sales soar after state license fee cut Schwarzenegger makes good on promise

    01/16/2004 4:09:14 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 8 replies · 185+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 16, 2004 | Chronicle Staff
    <p>Californians have been buying new cars at a breakneck pace since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger repealed an increase in the state's vehicle license fee.</p> <p>New-vehicle retail sales across the state have jumped 19 percent and luxury sales have risen 30 percent, auto industry trade association J.D. Power and Associates said Thursday.</p>
  • Attorneys say governor cannot order payments to cities and counties

    12/23/2003 6:54:47 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 9 replies · 112+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | December 23, 2003 | TOM CHORNEAU
    <p>Attorneys for the Legislature raised a legal cloud Tuesday over Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's controversial decision to declare a fiscal emergency so that payments could be made to cities and counties to make up for the car tax cut.</p> <p>Although the opinion from the legislative analyst's office asserts that the governor did not have the authority to mandate the payments without legislative approval, it was unclear whether Democratic leaders would use the opinion to try to stop the expenditures.</p>
  • Schwarzenegger's shell game

    12/19/2003 7:09:24 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 17 replies · 199+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 19, 2003
    <p>GOV. ARNOLD Schwarzenegger moved Thursday to declare an emergency of his own creation.</p> <p>There is no doubt about the authenticity of the crisis. Cities and counties throughout the state were reeling at the prospect of losing a combined $2.6 billion from the governor's inauguration-day rollback of vehicle license fees.</p>
  • California: Governor looked weak on budget, but back on offense

    12/19/2003 6:06:05 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 10 replies · 206+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 19, 2003 | Dan Walters
    <p>Lexicographers of American slang define "wuss" roughly as "weakling." Some believe that it may have originated in a Welsh word for "servant." Regardless of its origin, it's a word that one would scarcely associate with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the muscular hero of dozens of action films before becoming governor of California. Yet, a high-level Democratic staffer described Schwarzenegger as a "wuss" last week in the aftermath of his political surrender to Democratic legislators on his demand for a state spending limit.</p>
  • CA: Making good on a promise (The Car Tx - and Arnoold )

    12/18/2003 5:13:40 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 191+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | December 18, 2003 | Sacramento Bee Columnist Daniel Weintraub
    <p>In an impressive display of executive leadership if nothing else, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will try to make more than $2.5 billion in disputed payments to local governments despite his failure to win approval of legislation to authorize the appropriation.</p> <p>The money is the amount cities and counties lost when Schwarzenegger rolled back the car tax on his first day in office. The locals say the cash is due them because of an earlier state commitment to make them whole for any money they lost when the tax was cut. Schwarzenegger promised to hold them harmless during the campaign, and after taking office and cutting the car tax he asked the Legislature to help him make good on his pledge. Democrats refused, citing the state´s already overdrawn checkbook. Now the governor says he´ll do it anyway.</p>
  • CA: The $4 billion bulge -- ( The car tax - history )

    12/18/2003 5:08:09 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 133+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | December 17, 2003 | Sacramento Bee Columnist Daniel Weintraub
    <p>Local governments are in an uproar over the car tax cut and the state’s failure to provide the “backfill” that makes cities and counties whole for the lost revenue. Although the locals are describing this as balancing the state budget on the backs of cities and counties, that’s not really what is happening here. The car tax has always been a local revenue source, controlled by the state. If the tax is lowered, as the public seems to have wanted, there is no inherent state obligation to hide the effect of that reduction in revenues by putting it on the state tab. In any case, if the burden is shifted to the state’s books, it will simply force cuts in other programs that people value, or tax increases elsewhere. That $4 billion is becoming like the bulge in the balloon. Budget writers can push on it here, but it simply shows up over there. It won’t go away. Schwarzenegger was foolish to promise in the campaign to make local governments whole even while cutting the tax, as if local government services were somehow more sacred than those provided directly by the state. But now it’s up to him to find a politically acceptable way of doing that or explain why it can’t be done.</p>
  • Schwarzenegger to Use New Emergency Financial Power

    12/18/2003 8:10:18 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 38 replies · 162+ views
    Schwarzenegger to Use New Emergency Financial Power Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will declare a financial emergency and bypass the Legislature to provide millions of dollars to cities and counties who lost funding when the car tax was reduced, according to anonymous sources in the governor's office. The powers Schwarzenegger plans to use were authorized in last year's budget agreement. Specifically, the new power allows the governor to impose cuts of up to five percent on any line item in the budget in order to fund an "emergency deficiency." The official announcement is planned for Thursday. Schwarzenegger's aides say the governor's...
  • L.A. to Sue Calif. Over Lost Car Tax Revenues

    12/17/2003 2:45:35 PM PST · by mac_truck · 12 replies · 197+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 16, 2003 | Reuters
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles City Council and county Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to sue the state of California to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues lost when newly installed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rescinded an unpopular increase in car taxes. The two councils authorized their attorneys to join other municipalities seeking to restore the lost funds, which in Los Angeles County amounts to $2 million a day and is used to pay for fire and police services.
  • CA: Backfill the car tax? Not so fast

    12/07/2003 9:27:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 140+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 12/7/03 | Mark Paul
    <p>Several days after he signed an executive order rolling back the car tax, which funds city and county services, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger met with a group of mayors from around California and told them exactly what they wanted to hear, a special talent of his. The state will not leave them in the lurch, the governor said. It will backfill the $4.2 billion a year he had just snatched away from cities and counties.</p>
  • New car tax will take time to kick in

    11/18/2003 7:05:14 AM PST · by I_Love_My_Husband · 2 replies · 178+ views
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 11/18/03 | Sac Bee
    New car tax will take time to kick inSacramento Bee With Gov. Arnold Schwarz-enegger's executive order, Californians' annual vehicle license fee falls from 2 percent of the vehicle's depreciated value to 0.65 percent. For an average passenger car, the rate would drop from $223 to $73. The change is retroactive. Owners who started paying the higher rate Oct. 1 will get rebates, although the Legislature will have to appropriate the money. It will take time for the rate to be reflected in bills. When the rate went up earlier this year, the change took three months to implement. State law...
  • Governor keeps his promise: Tripling of car tax repealed

    11/18/2003 5:47:51 AM PST · by I_Love_My_Husband · 32 replies · 118+ views
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 11/17/2003 | Barry Witt
    Governor keeps his promise: Tripling of car tax repealed By Barry Witt Mercury News With the stroke of a pen Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rescinded last summer's tripling of car taxes by decreeing that his predecessor simply got it wrong when he said California could no longer afford to forgo the nearly $4 billion a year the tax raised. It was Schwarzenegger's first official act as governor, fulfilling a campaign promise to repeal the reviled tax, the proceeds of which are distributed to city and county governments. ---------------- DMV spokesman Bill Branch said Monday the department hadn't been formally notified...
  • Schwarzenegger Sworn In, Rescinds Car Tax Increase

    11/18/2003 12:32:27 AM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 179+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/18/03 | Peter Nicholas And Joe Mathews
    Shortly after the 45-minute ceremony on the west steps of the Capitol, the new governor delivered on that promise, issuing Executive Order 1, which repealed the $4-billion increase that had been approved by the man he replaced — Gray Davis. It was the first of a series of rapid-fire actions meant to draw a clear contrast with a Davis administration renowned for its caution. Schwarzenegger issued proclamations to convene a trio of special sessions of the Legislature aimed at overturning a new law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, cutting workers' compensation costs and capping state spending. In...
  • Car tax rebate a tough sell

    11/15/2003 6:08:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 240+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | Steve Geissinge
    Revelation a wrinkle in Schwarzenegger's plan to repeal licensing fee hike SACRAMENTO -- Though part of Republican Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger's No. 1 campaign promise, millions of California motorists paying tripled car-tax bills since Oct. 1 won't get rebates -- unless a Democrat-dominated Legislature agrees to them. The first official disclosure of the little-known hitch in Schwar-zenegger's vow to roll back vehicle license fees came in an interview Friday with the Legis-lature's independent, nonpartisan fiscal analyst. The assessment by Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill puts motorists -- and their pocketbooks -- directly in the middle of what's likely to be an imme-...
  • Questions about the proposed car tax repeal

    11/14/2003 4:28:21 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 3 replies · 123+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | November 14, 2003, 3:35 PM | The Associated Press Staff
    <p>A. It likely to take three months for the lower fees to kick in. It will probably take about a month to reprogram Department of Motor Vehicle computers to reflect the change, and the DMV is required to mail VLF bills to motorists at least two months before the payments are due.</p>
  • Thursday, 11-13-03 Petition Rally in Ontario CA

    11/12/2003 12:32:29 PM PST · by LaraCroft · 90+ views
    NA | NA
    This Thursday ,11/13, 3-7pm Ayres Hotel In Ontario 1945 East Holt Blvd. Join the John and Ken show (from KFI640) in a petition rally to repeal the car tax and stop the illegal alien drivers license scheme.
  • Finding it harder to make ends meet, state taxes will more than offset federal cuts

    11/07/2003 5:53:58 PM PST · by ReagansShinyHair · 3 replies · 121+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 8, 2003 | John W. Schoen
    OCEANSIDE, Calif., July 8 — As a single woman in her early 60s living near San Diego, Calif. and making less than $40,000 a year, Nancy Ross is finding it harder to make ends meet these days. So she was hoping the recent federal income tax cut would make life a little easier. But with state and local tax increases more than offsetting her federal tax break, she’s slipping further behind. NANCY ROSS WON’T GET much help from the recently enacted Bush tax cut. She’ll get a small break from the provision that expands the 10 percent bracket to cover...
  • Effort to toss (CA) license law (for illegals) gets help

    11/05/2003 10:35:34 AM PST · by wheelgunguru · 7 replies · 238+ views
    sacramento bee ^ | 11-5-03 | Aurelio Rojas
    <p>Rescue California gathers signatures to repeal permits for illegal immigrants.</p> <p>Rescue California, which provided paid signature gatherers in the effort to recall Gov. Gray Davis, will begin circulating petitions today to repeal a law that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.</p>
  • Arnold Stands Firm On The Car Tax (Take that George Skelton and LA Times!)

    10/31/2003 3:42:28 AM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 132+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/31/03 | Peter Nicholas And Evan Halper
    Various state and local officials want Schwarzenegger to preserve the car tax rate that tripled under Gov. Gray Davis, contending that the money pays for lifesaving fire and emergency services now being marshaled against the wildfires. They are also hoping Schwarzenegger will raise taxes under a caveat that he carved for himself: Such a move would be considered in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster. "I don't believe that it's in the moral fiber of the Legislature or the governor-elect to compound the tragedy experienced by thousands of Californians by reducing the level of public safety on...
  • Fires now being used to argue against cutting CA car tax!

    10/27/2003 1:23:01 PM PST · by Cousin Eddie · 31 replies · 198+ views
    KNX (Los Angeles CBS radio news station)
    Just heard an interview on the radio. They're saying that Arnold always qualified his "no new taxes" pledge by stating that a calamity like a natural disaster would be an exception. Using the typical excuses that the localities need the car tax revenue (supposedly the car tax revenue is funneled to the local jurisdictions) to cover the costs of these disasters. I have no idea if this is being floated by Arnold's people or by the Democrats who are doing everything possible to maintain this confiscatory tax.
  • California: Report: Tripled Vehicle Registration Cost Sends New-Vehicle Sales Plummeting -40%

    10/23/2003 5:35:10 PM PDT · by heleny · 51 replies · 883+ views
    NBC4 ^ | October 23, 2003
    Report: Tripled Vehicle Registration Cost Sends New-Vehicle Sales Plummeting Retail Sales Drop By 40 Percent This Autumn POSTED: 11:48 a.m. PDT October 23, 2003UPDATED: 12:09 p.m. PDT October 23, 2003 LOS ANGELES -- Since California's vehicle registration fee tripled at the start of the month, new-vehicle sales have plummeted, with luxury-vehicle sales hit especially hard, according to J.D. Power and Associates. Based on retail sales through Sunday, luxury vehicle retail sales in the state dropped by 40 percent from September to October, compared to a decline of 19 percent over the same period a year ago. Total industry retail...
  • Schwarzenegger may not be able to keep car tax pledge

    10/09/2003 6:06:46 PM PDT · by Brian S · 46 replies · 200+ views
    <p>Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger won't be able to keep his promise to roll back the tripling of California's car tax without legislative approval -- at least not until the state's budget woes ease, a state attorney said Thursday.</p> <p>"The short answer is he can't do it on his own," said Floyd Shimomura, chief counsel for the state Department of Finance.</p>
  • Schwarzenegger Being Sabatoged By Top Democrats By Accelerating State Contracts & Spending

    10/11/2003 10:43:32 PM PDT · by SierraWasp · 139 replies · 224+ views
    KGO Talk Show Host Bill Wattenburg ^ | 10/11/2003 | Bill Wattenburg
    I Just tuned in KGO, AM 810, to listen to Bill Wattenburg and he started the show by saying he has learned that top Democrats in Sacramento are sabotaging Governor Elect Schwarzenegger to make it impossible for him to balance his budget and to repeal the car tax increase and make a fool out of him. They are pushing NEW contracts through the Governor's Department of General Services at record speed. It is their intent to spend the state government into oblivion in spite of Governor Davis' statement of offering a smooth transition. If you live on the west coast,...
  • Is the Car tax causing the High turnout?

    10/07/2003 6:00:45 PM PDT · by Defendingliberty · 34 replies · 257+ views
    I believe the the triple Car tax is causing this huge voter turnout. I pay $165 for 2 cars a turck ans a trailer here in Florida. If they raised it to $495 there would be...Shock, Riots and then a recall....I think davis sealed his fate with that one act.....
  • DFU SONG: One Tin Soldier (one scumbag governor)

    10/02/2003 8:04:48 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 7 replies · 259+ views
    10-2003 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    ONE TIN SOLDIER Listen, children, to a story all about a governorHe did things that were so outrageous...this man really was quite a whore We would circulate petitions...people gladly rushed to signIt's an earthquake like no other...liberals everywhere would whine Go ahead and triple car tax...go ahead and bleed us dryTell us that our state's not bankrupt...add it to your other liesThe people's outrage had been growing...then came the judgment dayOn the 7th of October, Joe Graham Davis would go away He brought in his fellow scumbags...RATS would speak in his defenseThe Impeached One was quite a showman...those who...
  • McClintock drives anger on car tax

    09/19/2003 9:59:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 255+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 9/19/03 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
    In Southern California -- land of the motel, the drive-in restaurant, the strip mall and other trappings of the car culture -- there's nothing quite so irksome as the car tax. It's the subject of endless scorn on AM talk radio from Los Angeles to San Diego. It crops up in casual conversation at dinner parties. And, thanks largely to state Sen. Tom McClintock, it's a regular on the campaign trail in the Oct. 7 recall. McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, has fashioned his gubernatorial campaign to tap that rich vein of anger, plastering ``Stop the Car Tax'' slogans on every poster,...
  • CA: Repeal the Car Tax! Petition kickoff event Thursday 9/18

    09/16/2003 6:13:19 PM PDT · by concentric circles · 18 replies · 275+ views
    Radio broadcasters John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou have announced a car tax petition signing event to be held in Anaheim at the Ayres Hotel, 2550 E. Katella, right off the 57 freeway, across from The Pond. Map.John and Ken will broadcast their show from the event on Thursday afternoon, 9/18, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Tables will be set up to sign petitions by county of registration. Great props and giveaways are promised as well as TV coverage and an appearance by Tom McClintock during the first hour. McClintock has fought the car tax for many years in California. This...
  • McClintock's Strategy

    09/01/2003 11:58:10 AM PDT · by SteveH · 83 replies · 279+ views
    SteveH | 9/1/03 | SteveH
    Just for the moment, I want to bring attention to a detail which thus far has seemed to escape the attention of Arnold-for-governor enthusiasts and others who claim infallible knowledge that McClintock can never be elected to a statewide office: the car tax initiatives. Please take note that McClintock has two car tax initiatives which were approved by the Secretary of State's office over a week ago. The wording is approved, but the initiative campaigns have not been launched yet. Why? I am not a fly on the wall at McClintock for Governor headquarters, but if I were forced to...
  • (Arnold) Not Good Enough

    08/23/2003 3:44:18 AM PDT · by Creekblood · 2 replies · 221+ views
    Not Good Enough Andrew Bales 8.23.2003 In all likelihood the citizens of California will vote to recall Gray Davis, architect of the fiscal disaster that now plagues California. Of course Davis sees things much differently alleging, as has become the liberal mantra of the hour, that this is a mere ploy by Republicans to thwart the will of the people. If it were not so terribly sad, it would be somewhat comical to listen to him talk about the will of the people. It is his absolute refusal to listen to the people, which has provoked the recall which one...
  • CA: Davis favors car-tax rollback

    08/13/2003 8:01:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 235+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/13/03 | Alexa H. Bluth
    <p>Gov. Gray Davis on Tuesday said he supports an effort by Assembly Democrats to raise personal income taxes and undo the vehicle license fee increase.</p> <p>Lawmakers are crafting legislation that would wipe out the tripling of the car fee that is to go into effect Oct. 1. Instead, the bill would add two new top income tax brackets and bump up taxes on cigarettes.</p>