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Prop 6 & California’s Mini-Tax Revolt Hangs in Balance as Election Nears, Update from Active Auto Body of Anaheim
Al & Rosie Namdar, Active Auto Body Al & Rosie Namdar, Active Auto Body
Marina Den Rey , CA
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Prop 6, California's Mini-Tax Revolt to Repeal Gas Tax & Vehicle Fee Increases, Hangs in Balance as Election Nears

In the wake of the October 24 KFI Radio John & Ken/Active Auto Body remote broadcast in favor of Proposition 6, to repeal 2017 gas tax and vehicle license fee increases, the polls indicate that the ballot measure's outcome is too close to call or may very well fail. While polls have been discredited in recent elections, the forces brought to bear on the No side are well-funded and aggressively running ads from a variety of front groups; municipal and state governments up and down the state oppose the measure as budgets are stretched to the limit with unfunded public employee pension obligations which hang-fire over all spending considerations.

California has gone from the land of new beginnings where dreams can be realized to the land of dead ends where nightmares start and ensue. A range of social and economic problems, most inspired by well-meaning but misguided politicians and government bureaucrats, plague the state from top to bottom. Yes on Prop 6 not only rolls back 2017 tax and vehicle fee increases but restricts further increases to voter approval and not the desire of the state legislatures to fill budget gaps. 

Al & Rosie Namdar, who founded and have run Active Auto Body since 1983, declared their public support for Proposition 6 by hosting the KFI John and Ken remote broadcast and voiced that support while interviewed during the proceedings. Al Namdar noted that he is in favor of a few taxes as possible within the framework that allows citizens safety and a productive infrastructure to operate within. In recent decades it has become ever more difficult for small businesses and large enterprises to start and run in the Golden State, this in concert with aging roads, bridges, dams and energy generation plants.

It has become virtually impossible to build new oil refineries, power plants, drill for oil or natural gas while much needed water for Central Valley agricultural production has been highly restricted to vital farms. Central Valley farming constitutes a major part of California's GDP and millions of acres of farmland in the Valley have turned to dust as water from the north is diverted to the sea by over zealous environmental bureaucrats.

When combining federal, state and local taxes and regulations, California ranks among the highest taxed states and least favorable to do business in because of that and burdensome regulations; money, businesses and productive citizens have been fleeing the state for years and if this trend continues it will prove dire to the state and the country. The Butcher's Bill will have to be paid, as it will in states with similar situations like New York, Illinois, Connecticut and New Jersey.

In order to free up more productive capital, taxes must be lowered and the burdens of regulations lifted, and that is why Al & Rosie Namdar hosted the Yes on Prop 6 KFI John & Ken remote radio broadcast. Located in Orange County, just south of Los Angeles, Active Auto Body has earned a place of respect in the local community and county and the owners views and opinions come not from a political talking points but experience and hard work building a successful and thriving enterprise that employs citizens and pays taxes according to the law.  

Active Auto Body urges voters to say Yes to Prop 6 in the upcoming elections on November 6, 2018.

Here is the podcast of the full KFI John & Ken/Active Auto Body remote broadcast from October 24, 2018:

Here are details of why Prop. 6 should be passed:

California Proposition 6, the Voter Approval for Future Gas and Vehicle Taxes and 2017 Tax Repeal Initiative, is on the ballot in California as an initiated constitutional amendment on November 6, 2018. The ballot initiative would repeal the gas and diesel tax increases and vehicle fees that were enacted in 2017 and require voter approval for fuel tax and vehicle fee increases in the future.[1]

A yes vote supports this initiative to:

--repeal fuel tax increases and vehicle fees that were enacted in 2017, including the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (RRAA) and

--require voter approval (via ballot propositions) for the California State Legislature to impose, increase, or extend fuel taxes or vehicle fees in the future.

A no vote opposes this initiative, thus:

--keeping the fuel tax increases and vehicle fees that were enacted in 2017, including the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (RRAA), in place and

--allowing the state legislature to continue to impose, increase, or extend fuel taxes or vehicle fees through a two-thirds vote of each chamber and without voter approval.


How would this ballot initiative impact taxes and fees?

As of 2018, increasing a tax in California requires a two-thirds vote of each state legislative chamber and the governor's signature. Proposition 6 would create the additional step of voter approval (via ballot propositions), along with legislative passage and the governor's signature, to impose, increase, or extend fuel taxes or vehicle fees. The requirement that tax increases receive voter approval would affect taxes and tax rates enacted after January 1, 2017, meaning fuel taxes and vehicle fees that were created or increased in 2017 or 2018 would be repealed. This would have the effect of repealing the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017(RRAA), which the state legislature approved along party lines in April 2017.

What is the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017?

The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (RRAA), also known as Senate Bill 1, was enacted into law on April 28, 2017. The RRAA increased the gas tax by $0.12 per gallon, increased the diesel fuel tax by $0.20 per gallon, increased the sales tax on diesel fuels by an additional 4 percentage points, created an annual transportation improvement fee, and created an annual zero-emission vehicles fee. The RRAA was designed to dedicate the revenue to transportation infrastructure. The increased taxes went into effect on November 1, 2017, one fee went into effect in 2018, and the second fee will go into effect in 2020.

According to the state Senate Appropriations Committee, the RRAA is expected to generate an estimated $52.4 billion between 2017 and 2027.[3] In the California State Legislature, the RRAA had the support of most Democrats (two legislators voted "no"). Most Republicans voted against the RRAA (one legislator voted "yes"). Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the legislation into law.[4] In June 2018, voters approved Proposition 69, which created a constitutional mandate for the legislature to spend RRAA revenue on transportation-related purposes. The RRAA could have a notable impact on state politics in 2018.

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