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California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) wants to tax the state’s drinking water, a move he says will allow poor people access to safe and affordable water.

Newsom’s proposed 2019-20 budget includes the creation a “safe and affordable drinking water fund,” to “enable the State Water Resources Control Board to assist communities, particularly disadvantaged communities, in paying for the short-term and long-term costs of obtaining access to safe and affordable drinking water,” SFgate.com reported.

The Association of California Water Agencies, which represents more than 400 water suppliers across the state, swiftly rebuked the idea of a water tax. In a statement, the association said it would be “highly problematic” and not necessary due to what it calls the state’s ample budget surplus.

“The vast majority of the state’s residents have access to safe drinking water, but a small percentage of the population does not,” the association stated.

“This unacceptable reality is a social issue for the State of California. ACWA believes that making access to safe drinking water for all Californians should be a top priority for the State. However, a statewide water tax is highly problematic and is not necessary when alternative funding solutions exist and the state has a huge budget surplus.”

Orange County Republican Travis Allen, who ran for governor in 2018, also blasted the idea.

“In one of his first official acts @GavinNewsom wants to TAX YOUR WATER,” Allen tweeted. “There is no limit to what @TheDemocrats will tax or excuses they’ll make to TAKE YOUR MONEY. It’s time Republicans start fighting and TAKE BACK CALIFORNIA!!”

Specifics on exactly how the water tax would work are not yet known, but Newsom on Friday began pushing the plan as he travelled with members of his cabinet to the Central Valley, to talk with residents who lack clean drinking water.

“…We met with residents who cannot drink or bathe with the water in their homes — while paying more for it than those in Beverly Hills,” he wrote on Twitter.

Former Governor Jerry Brown attempted to tax California’s water under a plan that failed in the state legislature. His proposal would have taxed California residents 95 cents a month or $11.40 a year.

An estimated 6 million Californians rely on water providers that violated state standards at some point in the last six years, according to a 2018 investigation by McClatchy News. The news outlet’s report found that the majority of Californians without safe drinking water live in the Southern San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert.

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. John R. PylesIII

    January 14, 2019 at 1:37 am

    newsome’s a douche looking for a bag

  2. Michael Markham

    January 14, 2019 at 1:59 am

    We should check the roles of all these elections because he’s probably won by having illegal aliens vote and or dead people who are still on the roll maybe we should have a reelection again or have a recall like we did last time on Gray Davis got rid of his butt in a heartbeat

    • Wilson

      January 14, 2019 at 2:27 am

      Judaical Watch has already won a case against a county in LA that proves their voter registration needs cleaning.

  3. John Isbell

    January 14, 2019 at 2:38 am

    That’s just what those people in California need….another tax.Wow why didn’t Moon Beam think of that!!!

  4. Linda

    January 14, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Pretty soon a tax on breathing air, having a birthday party, riding a bike, not speaking 2 languages, thinking for yourself, not being a registered Democrat, voting conservative, wearing clean clothes (makes those who don’t, feel bad), using the bathroom, ironing, having more than one child, etc. Holy smokes. The sky is the limit!!! How long after taking office did this clown want to impose a new tax??? California, you elected him. Let us know how it’s going in a few months.

  5. James Kelly

    January 14, 2019 at 3:36 am

    liberal = idiot

  6. Donna

    January 14, 2019 at 4:02 am

    My water bill is already too high and I do what I can to keep it as low as possible.
    I don’t need more taxes to help others when I’m barely making it as it is.
    Dems are ridiculous.

  7. coachpan

    January 14, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Why are liberals so stupid?

    • Donald

      January 14, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      The question of the year!!! And they prove it over and over again!!!!

  8. Rick

    January 14, 2019 at 4:51 am

    WHY DO THEY KEEP VOTING FOR DEMOCRATS ?????????????

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

    • Sharon L

      January 14, 2019 at 5:43 pm

      They keep listening to Hollywood morons!

  9. Rick

    January 14, 2019 at 4:53 am

    “There is no limit to what @TheDemocrats will tax or excuses they’ll make to TAKE YOUR MONEY. It’s time Republicans start fighting and TAKE BACK CALIFORNIA!!”

    There’s too many stupid people in california….

  10. Michael McBride

    January 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

    You idiot liberal voters in Calif got what you voted for, more taxes. Keep voting in these liberals and be prepared to give more and more of you earnings too the politicians to spend as they see fit.

  11. Michael Markham

    January 14, 2019 at 8:50 am

    It seems that’s all the Democrats know how to do is to Tac and let people in for free who won’t be taxed at all because they’re illegals

  12. janice alderson

    January 14, 2019 at 11:22 am

    America had better wake up before it is to late. Talk about rape, who the hell are these people.

  13. James Self

    January 14, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Let them pay the cheap, unskilled, terrified illegal aliens to dig some wells. That’s what they brought them in for, isn’t it? They are basically slaves of the Democrats. Use ’em.

  14. Patriot 1951

    January 18, 2019 at 2:59 am

    Ya’ get whatcha vote for.

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