Jerry Brown


Saturday, September 6, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

The debate between California Governor Jerry Brown and republican Neel Kashkari, held Thursday night, was somewhat entertaining.

Brown, in his elderly style, routinely patted Kashkari on the head, while Kashkari kept raising Brown’s blood pressure, by poking at him on issues.

What’s interesting is what Brown did not refute or explain.

Let’s say it’s almost and absolute given that Brown, short of dying between now and November, will be handily reelected. Now with this point in mind, let’s take a peek at a couple issues state voters no very little about.

The ‘crazy’ train, you know Brown’s high-speed rail project to essentially nowhere, is already in an early design and construction stage. During the debate, Brown said he’ll still build the rail line, even if he doesn’t get the more than $30 billion in expected, but now in jeopardy, federal funds to pay for half of the currently estimated $65 billion in total construction costs.

Ok! So where is that money going to come from?

California residents won’t wake up on this issue until January 1, 2015, when they go to fill up their gas tanks and wonder what happened.

What a Happy New Year it will be!

In other words, voters are essentially clueless until it hits their pocketbooks. And this one is going to hit everyone!

You see on this date, Gasoline refiners will be subject to the new carbon fuel tax, a cost which will be passed along to consumers by way of adding it to wholesale gas prices. The estimates increase is 15 to 20 cents per gallon initally, growing to roughly 50 cents per gallon over time.

Brown has allocated 25% of the state’s take from this new tax to fund his bullet train construction. A debate point Brown didn’t dispute.

When crude prices (currently $93.45 per barrel as of Friday) return to north of $100 per barrel, which they always do, can anyone answer how they’ll feel about paying $4.50 or more for a gallon of regular unleaded gas next year?

Under Brown’s third term California has become the highest taxed state in the nation. Brown personally doesn’t seem to care that people with assets, and businesses, continue to exit the state.

Midway through Brown’s fourth term will come the expiration of Proposition 30, which provided for temporary increases in sales and personal income taxes. The billions in taxes helped the state get through tough budget times.

Does anyone want to lay odds on Brown returning to voters for a re-up on this one?

The only counter to Brown asking to renew the taxes is if, as he says, the state is doing so great under his rule, then why does he still need the extra dough?

Just this week, Tesla Motors chose Nevada for the site of a new plant after receiving incentives from the neighboring tax-friendly state.