Gov. Brown Raises Taxes on CA Residents, Sick of ‘Freeloaders’

Like it needed to be any more expensive to live in California.

California Gov. Jerry Brown let his residents know exactly how he feels about them after raising their taxes by calling them “freeloaders.” The Democratic governor pushed a $52 billion road-improvement plan that include several transportation tax increases and was approved by a two-thirds legislative majority, The Orange County Register reports. Republicans and taxpayers were opposed to the increase and a petition has been launched to recall state Sen. Josh Newman, whose narrow election gave Democrats the supermajority needed to approve the tax hike.

“Roads require money to fix,” Brown said in defense. “Republicans say there’s a magic source of money — it doesn’t exist. … You want to borrow money and pay double? Or do nothing? Or take money from universities?”

Beginning on November 1, California residents will start paying 12-cents more per gallon of gas and will also pay an average of $50 more in vehicle license fees starting January 2018. Republicans wanted to slash the state budget instead of increasing taxes on working families. But Brown isn’t concerned about them in the least:

“The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them. They have a president that doesn’t tell the truth and they’re following suit.”

Brown also assured that efforts to oust Newman will be unsuccessful and promised, “He’ll have whatever he needs.”

The Orange County Register noted, “Brown’s pay-as-you-go program has been endorsed by the California Chamber of Commerce and the Orange County Business Council. But while 61 percent of Californians say more money should be spent on road maintenance, 54 percent opposed an earlier, similar version of the plan, according to a January survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.”

Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) has launched an effort to repeal the transportation taxes but faces an uphill battle in doing so. However, he remains confident this is what taxpayers want:

“Californians have a long history of demanding accountability from their state government, including Proposition 13 and the 2003 recall of (Gov.) Gray Davis when he tripled the car registration fee.”

But a defiant Brown went Dirty Harry in his pointed response: “Go for it. Make my day. Maybe people like gravel roads, but I don’t think so.”

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