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October 05, 2022



For your listening pleasure (circa 1986):


Paloma Ave

Ain't this the truth of which political party? (The one in charge of California.)


Dan Walters at Calmatters.org has a number of additions to the list of Free Stuff that Santa Newsom just passed out:

While Newsom has been unable to create the single-payer health care system he pledged during his 2018 campaign for governor, the budget came very close to universal medical coverage through expansion of the Medi-Cal system to all undocumented immigrants.

The $308 billion budget also moved toward universal prekindergarten care for children, another Newsom goal, extended food assistance to older undocumented immigrants, expanded welfare benefits, helped low-income Californians pay overdue utility bills and, most spectacularly, authorized cash payments, dubbed as tax refunds, to almost everyone who files an income tax return.

However, the more extensive the benefits become, the more expensive they become for the state budget. At some point, the state would no longer be able to depend on just taxing high-income Californians, who now provide the majority of its revenue. California would have to increase taxes on the middle-class, as European governments do through both income taxes and very high taxes on retail sales.


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