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Prop 26 – what’s in a name?

Oct 22, 2010

It’s a tax, it’s a fee, it’s a tax, it’s a fee, it’s a tax, it’s a… having a “Chinatown” moment yet? Proposition 26 would broaden the definition of “tax” to include many payments that are currently considered fees. What’s in a name? Fees don’t have to have the approval of a supermajority to pass. Yep, we are back to talking about the supermajority. Environmental groups oppose 26 saying that it will let oil, tobacco, alcohol corporations and the like get off without paying for the damages their products have on society. Proponents of 26 argue that hidden taxes are getting through disguised as fees and those fees have a direct and negative impact on businesses big and small, saying that we need to call a spade a spade. Are you voting against hidden taxes or against the environment? It is ever that simple?

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