That was fast: Gov. Newsom wants new tax on drinking water

Newsom not wasting any time in quickly creating new taxes for Californians.

Elections have consequences.

As reported by SF Gate: In order to help disadvantaged communities obtain safe and affordable drinking water, California Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing a new statewide water tax.

In the newly-released 2019-20 budget, Newsom calls for the creation of a “safe and affordable drinking water fund” that would “enable the State Water Resources Control Board to assist communities, particularly disadvantaged communities, in paying for the short-term and long-term costs of obtaining access to safe and affordable drinking water.”

A McClatchy investigation from 2018 found that 6 million Californians rely on water providers that violated state standards at some point in the last six years. According to the report, the majority of Californians that lack safe drinking water live in the Southern San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert.

The details of the proposed tax are unknown, but a similar proposal was abandoned by then-Governor Jerry Brown last year after failing to garner enough support in the legislature. California residents would have been taxed 95 cents a month, or $11.40 a year, under that plan.

On Friday, Newsom took his Cabinet on a trip to the Central Valley to hear from residents who lack clean drinking water. “We met with residents who cannot drink or bathe with the water in their homes — while paying more for it than those in Beverly Hills,” the governor tweeted.

The Association of California Water Agencies, a group that represents more than 400 water suppliers across the state, announced its opposition to the latest proposed water tax from Newsom.

“The vast majority of the state’s residents have access to safe drinking water, but a small percentage of the population does not,” the association said in a statement. “This unacceptable reality is a social issue for the State of California. ACWA believes that making access to safe drinking water for all Californians should be a top priority for the State. However, a statewide water tax is highly problematic and is not necessary when alternative funding solutions exist and the state has a huge budget surplus.”

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Charles H Slate
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Charles H Slate

California has a budget surplus ? ? ?

Grif
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The next thing this jackass might try to tax is air. What about requiring an occupancy permit for walking on a public sidewalk? How did this nitwit get elected? More to the point, why do Californians put up with this B.S.?

Jackie Puppet
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Jackie Puppet

And just how many illegals are in California? Get rid of the illegals, there’s enough safe drinking water for everybody legal.

Desalinization plants also work. Expensive, but not as expensive as the illegals are to California’s economy.

Dan
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Dan

They don’t come any sleazier than this flunky for California’s billionaire leftists, essentially paranoid control freaks who use gimmicks like this to weaponize the poor against middle class reprisals seeking claw-back of their unmerited and ill-gotten wealth. He’s a front man for organized crime families who belong on the scaffold and not running California and the rest of this country. We’ve been duped all along to associate these crime families with a free-enterprise meritocracy and insanely call their depredations the American Dream no less, suicidally believing that only evil commies oppose such wealth and power in the hands of a… Read more »

marble
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marble

If CA would stop draining rivers into the Pacific, there would be an abundance of water. Unfortunately, so that those evil and in command can deprive all the rest of humanity of basic resources created by God for all mankind, those in power seek to deprive us of them to gain even more power. Global robbery. Miss GCD, would the lady like a little more H2O in her fluoride?

Carmen
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Carmen

Yeap, grab the money where ever you can find it. Tax us for breathing.

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

Be ready-if it can be measured,it’ll be taxed into oblivion. Socialism at its finest….

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Unless people want to live behind the new “iron curtain”, they’d better get out now. Sewage, AIDS and taxation, oh my! What’s not to love?

Hawkmoon
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Hawkmoon

Liberal lunacy at its finest. Tax to “conserve” water while allowing in millions and millions of water using invaders!

This also applies to those evil Globull Warming Green House Gases that Liberal lunatics want to reduce and pass State & Federal laws to lower. More invaders= more green house gases, pollution, and less open spaces/wildlife habitat. Liberals need to be deprogrammed on a massive scale

Steven Broiles
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The politics of water has bedeviled California for over 100 years now. Gov. Newsome has just demonstrated what a GANGSTER he really is. “By their fruits Ye shall know them.” So let’s wait and watch what happens, Shall We? Yes, let us wait. The tax will never go away. The tax will never decrease. The politics of water distribution will continue, even more fiercer than ever. The availability of good clean safe potable water will DECREASE. People in California will continue to leave the State in even greater numbers, and those people will bring their POISONED LEFTIST MINDS with them… Read more »

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Alma
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Alma

I suggest to the governor to setup urine collection stations for processing into clean water, triple tax for collection and processing and dispensing, sounds like a winner!