As goes California, so goes the nation?
Most of the nation hopes not as the state’s new leader, Gov. Gavin Newsom, seems determined to be the most liberal big-government governor in California history. And he was just sworn into office.
What’s Newsom’s latest proposal? Taxing drinking water.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsom’s 2019-2020 budget includes taxing drinking to bring in money for his “safe and affordable drinking water fund.”
The fund is intended “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."
Whether the proposed drinking water tax will affect just bottled water or other forms of drinkable water is unclear. But the Association of California Water Agencies, which represents water suppliers across the state, isn’t on board with the idea.
"The vast majority of the state's residents have access to safe drinking water, but a small percentage of the population does not," they said. "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."
Newsom’s proposal drew widespread ridicule from across the nation and at home, including from one of his Republican challengers Travis Allen.
In other news, Newsom’s wife has made it clear that she does not want to be referred to as California’s first “lady.”