California’s absurd war on cars – Orange County Register

If you don’t make enough money to afford a car, the state of California will pay you $1,000 a year for not having a car.

That is the content of Senate Bill 457 by Senator Anthony Portantino, D-Glendale. The bill was passed by the state legislature on the last day of the session and now sits on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk.

“In addition to being a source of climate pollution, single-use vehicles are also a leading cause of death, injuries and health problems,” Portantino said, as quoted in the analysis of the bill being prepared for the legislature.

Some people might say that single-use vehicles are a way to get a job and earn a living, allowing the government to collect taxes from paychecks, as well as turning them into four-person vehicles that take people to school, doctor’s appointments, and travel to spend money on companies in california.

Portantino admits no need for a car in his argument in support of his bill. “SB 457 will spur a massive shift to sustainable transportation by allowing a $1,000 ‘net tax’ credit for every household with no registered vehicles,” he said, according to the bill’s analysis.

To qualify for the tax credit, which could be paid out as a tax refund check to eligible residents, a taxpayer would need an adjusted gross income of $40,000 or less if filing as an individual, $60,000 or less. if filing jointly, as head of household or surviving spouse. Applicants for the credit should self-certify that no one in the household owns a registered vehicle, not even a motorcycle.

To enforce the “no vehicles” qualification, the Department of Motor Vehicles must report tax and vehicle information to the Franchise Tax Board as required.

The bill makes this $1,000 credit available for each of the next five tax years, beginning with 2023.

And according to the author, these payments will prevent death, injuries and health problems.

If you remember, that was the justification for handing out COVID relief checks in 2020. Just stay home, the government said, and we’ll send you money. To keep everyone healthy.

The policy soon changed to repeated financial aid and then old-fashioned vote buying.

In August 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom sent $600 “Golden State Stimulus” checks to taxpayers earning up to $75,000. Taxpayers with dependents received up to $1,100. The checks went out as the recall ballots were sent to voters.

By an absolute total coincidence, this is about to happen again. Another round of checks will go to California taxpayers in October, just as the ballots will be sent out for the November 8 general election, when Newsom is running for reelection.

This new round of election time controls would be the result of the state’s huge, record-breaking surplus, but that isn’t expected to be an annual event, especially if the economy slides into recession. And COVID is declining as an excuse to send free money. What should a politician do?

Can you guess?

Climate change!

Climate change can be stopped by sending your tax money to people who are doing things to stop climate change! Like you don’t have a car!

Climate doom may be the new COVID pandemic, an easy justification for sending free money from the state coffers to targeted voter groups.

Portantino doesn’t say that, of course. He and other lawmakers argue that getting rid of cars is really essential to stop climate change. For this pose, they are rewarded with glowing coverage in the Washington Post. “While Americans love their cars, California has adopted a radical strategy to change its mind, passing a first-of-its-kind bill Wednesday to reward low-income residents who live car-free,” the statement said. Post after SB 457 went. to the governor’s office. The newspaper reported that Newsom is “expected to sign it”.

Even Newsom’s 2020 executive order that sets a “goal” of a total ban on gas-powered car sales in the state by 2035 is paying lip service to the idea that if enough money is spent, Californians won’t need cars at all. will have, and this will save the world from death in an Al Gore documentary.

“Character rail, transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and micro-mobility options are critical components for the state to achieve carbon neutrality and connect communities, requiring coordination of investments and collaboration with all levels of government, including rail and transit agencies to support these mobility options. . ”, declares the implementing decree.

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