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John Campbell (R-Irvine) is a California State Senator representing the 35th District in Orange County. He represents the cities of Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and Cypress. He can be reached through his Senate website and through the website for his California Senate campaign. [go to Campbell index]

Toilet Paper Tax, Pensions And Education
More liberal lunacies...
[John Campbell] 3/21/05

What will they think of next?

I normally tell you about California political developments. But this week, a story out of Florida takes the proverbial cake. You may remember those lyrics in an old Beatles song about the "tax man". "If you try to drive I'll tax the street; if you take a walk I'll tax your feet; if you go to sit I'll tax your seat; if you get too cold I'll tax the heat". Well, Florida State Senator Al Lawson has proposed a $.02 per-roll tax on toilet paper. The lawmaker says this is needed to pay for wastewater treatment and sewer upgrades. When it was pointed out that a tax on toilet paper might result in people using less of it, Florida Governor Jeb Bush remarked, "That's not necessarily a good thing.” When combined with California's notorious proposed "diaper tax,” it seems that even the most elemental of bodily functions is not immune from Democrats’ taxing ways. If you can't even go to the restroom without being taxed, what can you do? What is next, a tax for breathing?

AB 310

Last week, I told you about Assemblyman Tom Umberg's (D-Santa Ana) proposal to increase non-teacher school employee pensions by 25%. This bill shows what the unions really want to do with the additional money they claim is for schools. After I wrote about this, and two newspapers wrote editorials against it last week, the bill was abruptly dropped. The sponsors said that it was just a "spot bill" and they never intended to move forward with it. Uh-huh, sure. The truth is, it exposed them for what they are really trying to do and they didn't like that. We can now see the man behind the fiscal curtain and what his next move is. But they cannot unscramble that egg. We know. If schools get more money, they do not want it to benefit kids. They want it to line their pockets further. Remember, it is not how much money we spend on schools, it is how we spend what we have.

More Education Stuff

Recently, Don Perata (D-Oakland), who is President Pro Tempore of the Senate, stated that he could work with Governor Schwarzenegger on education reform including performance pay and changing the Proposition 98 funding mechanism which he described as "an escalator without pause.” He was recently quoted in the Sacramento Bee as saying "We need to demonstrate that the money we are spending per child is being spent well. Right now, we're in a pitched battle over the wrong thing". But the teacher's union doesn't like to hear this sort of thing, especially from a Democrat. They punished him by sending mailers to every household in his district criticizing his position. Of course, Oakland, in his district, has some of the highest-funded and lowest-performing schools in the state. The mail campaign attacking him was the thanks he got for telling it straight. Oh, by the way, Senator Perata is a former teacher. CRO



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