Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) applauds the demise of two JOB KILLER bills in his Capitol Comment for the Week of June 23rd, 2014.
Senator Huff says the two measures in question, which were both opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce, would have increased taxes and the cost of doing business in California, costing jobs and opportunities.
Senator Huff also touches on the status of water bond negotiations as the Legislature works to strike a deal on a compromise package to be placed on the November ballot.
Here is the script for this week’s Capitol Comment:
I’m Senator Bob Huff and this is my Capitol Comment for the Week of June 23rd. 2014.
There is good news out of the State Capitol this week – as the State Assembly defeated two bills that the California Chamber of Commerce had labeled as JOB KILLERS.
The first – SB 1021 – was a direct assault on Proposition 13. It would have allowed school districts to impose a parcel tax on residential and commercial properties at different rates, in effect creating a split roll property tax.
The measure would have raised rents and costs for businesses, especially small businesses, costing jobs and opportunity. According to the California Taxpayers Association, homeowners would have lost their parcel tax deduction under this measure – and would have faced higher state and federal income taxes.
Also defeated in committee was SB 935, which would have raised the minimum wage to 13 dollars per hour by 2017 and, worse yet, would have been tied to cost of living adjustments. California’s minimum wage will already rise to ten dollars per hour by 2016 under legislation passed last year.
Negotiations are picking up steam, meanwhile, on a water bond that the Governor and the Legislature would like to place on this November’s ballot. Since placing a measure on the ballot requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature – Republicans are playing a role in the crafting of this measure.
Senate Republicans did not support a measure that went down to defeat last week. The proposed $10.5 billion bond didn’t have much of a chance anyway, since the Governor opposed it. While the proposed bond did have some good ideas, Republicans opposed it, as it fell short of many of the agreements Republicans fought for during water bond negotiations in 2009.
The good news is the Governor is now engaged in negotiations. Both the Governor and Republicans agree that any water bond must give equal balance to expanding California water storage, improving the operation of the statewide water system, protecting the environment and helping provide a more reliable and safe water supply for residents.
Doing nothing isn’t going to solve our problem. California’s drought crisis is getting worse, and with the hot summer months upon us public safety officials are warning that the threat of wildfires is even greater.
Will the Legislature act in time to place a measure on the November ballot? Stay tuned.
I’m Senator Bob Huff. Thank you for joining me for my Capitol Comment.
Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Leader and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter @bobhuff99.