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Republican GOTV to Change in 2018 with Voters Choice Act

San Mateo and Napa Counties Among First to Implement New Law

The Voters Choice Act was passed by the California Legislature in 2016, calling for major changes to the way Californians cast their vote and resulting in a need to adjust traditional Get-Out-The-Vote efforts. This new voting model is being implemented by 5 counties in the 2018 election cycle, including the two Bay Area counties of San Mateo and Napa.

Under the new law, voters will receive their ballots in the mail 28 days before the election. Ballots can be mailed in, or dropped off at sites determined by each county. To encourage early voting, events can be organized where voters bring their completed ballots to be turned in by the GOTV organizer. Regional Vote Centers will be open 10 days before election day to allow county residents to register to vote and cast their ballot in person. Since Election Day polling places will no longer be available in each precinct, and voters can vote anywhere in the county, GOTV efforts must include communications with your target voters to confirm ballots have been mailed in or dropped off. County GOTV teams must sign up to access voting data from the county elections office as it comes in over the 28 days of this new voting cycle.

San Mateo GOP Chair John Boyle says his team has already had relevant experience, during the 2015 local elections when the county tested an all-mail-ballot election.  On their recommendation mailer they explained the various voting methods to voters.

In supporting Republican candidates, he says “There are lots of ways that we, as the SMGOP Central Committee, can and will evolve our support to help these local candidates including training, postal mailers, multiple email blasts, phone-banking, social networking support, and other forms of assistance.”

Each county will implement the Voters Choice Act with the help of community input. County parties may want to contact the county elections office to suggest the locations of drop off boxes and vote centers. County parties and volunteer groups can also request a mobile vote center to be available at a rally or event that they organize.

Visit the County Elections websites to learn more about implementation of the Voters Choice Act in San Mateo and Napa Counties.

If you would like to assist with GOTV in your county, feel free to contact your local Republican Central Committee.

 

Gas Tax Repeal Update: Time to Collect Signatures

Two ballot measures to repeal the recent increase in gas, diesel and vehicle registration taxes have been cleared for circulation by the Secretary of State, and signature collection has started on one of them. 
 
Carl DeMaio and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association are promoting a constitutional amendment that would not only repeal SB 1, the tax increase bill, but also require future increases in the gas, diesel and vehicle taxes to be approved by a vote of the people. While an unfair title and summary was written by the Attorney General for this measure, the sponsors have decided to begin signature collection immediately since they will need 585,407 valid signatures to qualify.  
 
Assemblyman Travis Allen’s initiative would simply repeal SB 1. Because of an unfair title and summary written by Jerry Brown’s appointed Attorney General, Assemblyman Allen has launched a legal challenge that includes an appeal to the California Supreme Court, thus delaying the signature gathering campaign.  Because it only changes the law, it needs 365,880 valid signatures.
 
Senate Bill 1 was signed by the governor in April, despite his previous pledge to send new tax increases to the voters.  The increase at the pumps was effective on November 1.  The new law increases the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon, the diesel fuel tax by 20 cents per gallon, and vehicle fees by $25 to $175 per year, depending on the vehicle’s value.
 
 
Here’s How You Can Help!
 
1. Visit the Repeal the Gas Tax page on BayAreaGOP.com and learn more about the status of both measures. We will be updating this page as more details become available.
 
2. Download a petition that you and one other person can sign – and mail it in using the instructions provided ASAP! They want this first round of signed petitions by January 10th.
 
3. Request petitions that allow for multiple signatures and start circulating to your friends, family, and colleagues. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully so that the signatures can be validated. For example, be sure that signers are all registered to vote in the same county. If they are not sure where or if they are registered, they can check their voter status at this link. Make certain you fill in the circulator information as well.
 
4. Plan an event to collect signatures and publicize the repeal campaign.  You could have a rally, a streetside event, or collect signatures at a regularly scheduled political meeting.
 

 

GOP IN THE NEWS


California Democrats temporarily lose Assembly supermajority

By Kathleen Ronayne
AP News
December 11, 2017

California Democrats will be without a supermajority in the Assembly for months and risk losing the two-thirds edge needed to pass tax and fee increases in the Senate.

When lawmakers return in January, they will have two vacant Assembly seats that won’t be filled until at least April after Los Angeles members resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations. In the Senate, a member in a competitive district is facing a recall over his support for a gas tax increase and another could face pressure to resign depending on the results of a misconduct allegation.

“It will certainly affect votes,” said Democratic Assemblyman Ken Cooley, chairman of the rules committee.

Supermajorities were needed this year to pass the gas tax increase and reauthorize the cap-and-trade program. Passing a budget only requires a simple majority.

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In Defense of the Proposed Tax Bill

By Cristina Osmena
December 6, 2017

I find a lot of press comments about the tax bill misleading and unfair.  It is being billed as a cut for the wealthy and a tax hike for low earners.  The truth is that all levels of income stand to benefit. Individuals who will see higher taxes are 1) high earners in high tax states and 2) owners of high value real estate.

Major news sources irresponsibly refer to the temporary nature of the individual tax cuts which sunset after 10 years.  However, this was tactically necessary—the Senate wanted to pass the bill with a simple majority and in order to achieve that, the bill could not cause a deficit 10 years hence.  And so the individual tax cuts are temporary to accommodate Senate rules, not because they are meant to expire.  During some future Congress, when the expiration of this “temporary” reduction on individual taxes nears, it should be a popular enough policy to extend the tax cuts.

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Other Revenue Sources Should Be as “Devastating” as Prop 13

By Joel Fox
Fox & Hounds
November 22, 2017

You’ve heard the complaints and criticisms for four decades now on how Proposition 13 severally cut government finances. Yet, once again a report from a government agency itself says that just isn’t so.

As part of the Legislative Analyst’s Office recent report on California’s Fiscal Outlook for 2018-2019, a chapter on property taxes is titled “Property Taxes Exceed Budget Expectations.”

I would add the word “again.”

Under Proposition 13, property taxes continue to exceed expectations and outgrow population and inflation growth. Property tax revenue has grown more than 1000-percent since Prop 13 passed.

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GOP IN THE NEWS


California Democrats temporarily lose Assembly supermajority

By Kathleen Ronayne
AP News
December 11, 2017

California Democrats will be without a supermajority in the Assembly for months and risk losing the two-thirds edge needed to pass tax and fee increases in the Senate.

When lawmakers return in January, they will have two vacant Assembly seats that won’t be filled until at least April after Los Angeles members resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations. In the Senate, a member in a competitive district is facing a recall over his support for a gas tax increase and another could face pressure to resign depending on the results of a misconduct allegation.

“It will certainly affect votes,” said Democratic Assemblyman Ken Cooley, chairman of the rules committee.

Supermajorities were needed this year to pass the gas tax increase and reauthorize the cap-and-trade program. Passing a budget only requires a simple majority.

Read More


Ready to Repeal the Gas & Vehicle Tax Increase?

Learn the latest news about two measures that have qualified for signature gathering in California.

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Republican GOTV to Change in 2018 with Voters Choice Act

San Mateo and Napa Counties Among First to Implement New Law

The Voters Choice Act was passed by the California Legislature in 2016, calling for major changes to the way Californians cast their vote and resulting in a need to adjust traditional Get-Out-The-Vote efforts. This new voting model is being implemented by 5 counties in the 2018 election cycle, including the two Bay Area counties of San Mateo and Napa.

Under the new law, voters will receive their ballots in the mail 28 days before the election. Ballots can be mailed in, or dropped off at sites determined by each county. To encourage early voting, events can be organized where voters bring their completed ballots to be turned in by the GOTV organizer. Regional Vote Centers will be open 10 days before election day to allow county residents to register to vote and cast their ballot in person. Since Election Day polling places will no longer be available in each precinct, and voters can vote anywhere in the county, GOTV efforts must include communications with your target voters to confirm ballots have been mailed in or dropped off. County GOTV teams must sign up to access voting data from the county elections office as it comes in over the 28 days of this new voting cycle.

San Mateo GOP Chair John Boyle says his team has already had relevant experience, during the 2015 local elections when the county tested an all-mail-ballot election.  On their recommendation mailer they explained the various voting methods to voters.

In supporting Republican candidates, he says “There are lots of ways that we, as the SMGOP Central Committee, can and will evolve our support to help these local candidates including training, postal mailers, multiple email blasts, phone-banking, social networking support, and other forms of assistance.”

Each county will implement the Voters Choice Act with the help of community input. County parties may want to contact the county elections office to suggest the locations of drop off boxes and vote centers. County parties and volunteer groups can also request a mobile vote center to be available at a rally or event that they organize.

Visit the County Elections websites to learn more about implementation of the Voters Choice Act in San Mateo and Napa Counties.

If you would like to assist with GOTV in your county, feel free to contact your local Republican Central Committee.

Gas Tax Repeal Update: Time to Collect Signatures

Two ballot measures to repeal the recent increase in gas, diesel and vehicle registration taxes have been cleared for circulation by the Secretary of State, and signature collection has started on one of them. 
 
Carl DeMaio and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association are promoting a constitutional amendment that would not only repeal SB 1, the tax increase bill, but also require future increases in the gas, diesel and vehicle taxes to be approved by a vote of the people. While an unfair title and summary was written by the Attorney General for this measure, the sponsors have decided to begin signature collection immediately since they will need 585,407 valid signatures to qualify.  
 
Assemblyman Travis Allen’s initiative would simply repeal SB 1. Because of an unfair title and summary written by Jerry Brown’s appointed Attorney General, Assemblyman Allen has launched a legal challenge that includes an appeal to the California Supreme Court, thus delaying the signature gathering campaign.  Because it only changes the law, it needs 365,880 valid signatures.
 
Senate Bill 1 was signed by the governor in April, despite his previous pledge to send new tax increases to the voters.  The increase at the pumps was effective on November 1.  The new law increases the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon, the diesel fuel tax by 20 cents per gallon, and vehicle fees by $25 to $175 per year, depending on the vehicle’s value.
  

Here’s How You Can Help!

 
1. Visit the Repeal the Gas Tax page on BayAreaGOP.com and learn more about the status of both measures. We will be updating this page as more details become available.
 
2. Download a petition that you and one other person can sign – and mail it in using the instructions provided ASAP! They want this first round of signed petitions by January 10th.
 
3. Request petitions that allow for multiple signatures and start circulating to your friends, family, and colleagues. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully so that the signatures can be validated. For example, be sure that signers are all registered to vote in the same county. If they are not sure where or if they are registered, they can check their voter status at this link. Make certain you fill in the circulator information as well.
 
4. Plan an event to collect signatures and publicize the repeal campaign.  You could have a rally, a streetside event, or collect signatures at a regularly scheduled political meeting. 

Collect Signatures to Repeal the Gas Tax!

GOP IN THE NEWS (cont.)


 

In Defense of the Proposed Tax Bill

By Cristina Osmena
December 6, 2017

I find a lot of press comments about the tax bill misleading and unfair.  It is being billed as a cut for the wealthy and a tax hike for low earners.  The truth is that all levels of income stand to benefit. Individuals who will see higher taxes are 1) high earners in high tax states and 2) owners of high value real estate.

Major news sources irresponsibly refer to the temporary nature of the individual tax cuts which sunset after 10 years. However, this was tactically necessary—the Senate wanted to pass the bill with a simple majority and in order to achieve that, the bill could not cause a deficit 10 years hence.  And so the individual tax cuts are temporary to accommodate Senate rules, not because they are meant to expire.  During some future Congress, when the expiration of this “temporary” reduction on individual taxes nears, it should be a popular enough policy to extend the tax cuts.

Read More

 

 

Other Revenue Sources Should Be as “Devastating” as Prop 13

By Joel Fox
Fox & Hounds
November 22, 2017

You’ve heard the complaints and criticisms for four decades now on how Proposition 13 severally cut government finances. Yet, once again a report from a government agency itself says that just isn’t so.

As part of the Legislative Analyst’s Office recent report on California’s Fiscal Outlook for 2018-2019, a chapter on property taxes is titled “Property Taxes Exceed Budget Expectations.”

I would add the word “again.”

Under Proposition 13, property taxes continue to exceed expectations and outgrow population and inflation growth. Property tax revenue has grown more than 1000-percent since Prop 13 passed.

Read More

 

How did CalPERS dig a $153 billion pension hole?

By Dan Pellissier
The Mercury News
November 13, 2017

During the next five weeks, the CalPERS board, custodian of $326 billion in assets needed to fulfill retirement promises for 1.8 million California public employees and beneficiaries, will make decisions affecting government budgets for decades to come.

The problem is, despite their fiduciary duty under the state Constitution to “protect the competency of the assets” under their absolute control, CalPERS is roughly $153 billion short of fully funding the retirement promises earned to date.

How did CalPERS dig this huge hole?  During the last decade, they manipulated actuarial assumptions and methods to keep employer and employee contribution rates low in the short term.

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