While California Republicans were fighting – Democrats were plotting to tax you even more.

I had a wonderful time this past weekend at the California Republican Party State Convention in Sacramento. I made many new memories, friendships were strengthened, and new friendships were formed.

Not everyone I wanted to win won, but such is life. My appointed delegates didn’t vote exactly the way that I did, and I didn’t ask them to either. They needed to vote their conscience and vote for whom they thought was the best candidate for each position. They are brilliant and capable. That is why I picked them not because they would do whatever I say. 

So the day after the convention I was back on conference calls working and fighting back against Gov. Gavin Newsom and his spend and tax allies in the legislature. While some people wanted to continue the infighting here is what California Democrats were doing according to the Sacramento Bee:

Firearms Excise Tax: AB 18 “Would express the intent of the Legislature” to impose an excise tax on the sale of handguns and semiautomatic rifles.

Soda Tax: Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D – Santa Monica is at it again with his “beverage tax.” He has not yet a proposed fee, but previously he argued for a 2-cents-per-fluid-ounce tax. Just to put that in perspective a 12-pack of soda would cost you an additional $2.88 in new taxes.

Tire Change Fee: Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena wants to raise the tire change fee from $1.75 to $3.25 per tire.

Water Tax: Even though we have some of the highest water bills in the nation and we have billions to pay for clean and safe water the Governor thinks that living in a state with the highest poverty rate in the nation and one of the highest cost-of-living in the nation isn’t expensive enough. So he wants a new tax for residential water customers, as well as fees for dairy producers, feedlot owners, and fertilizer production. Trust me; once they get this tax, they will look to tax anything that uses water.

Oil and Gas Severance Tax: Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, is the author of Senate Bill 246, which would impose a tax of 10 percent of the average price per barrel of oil or unit of gas. This tax will be on top of the new SB1 gas and car tax increase (Yes on 6 tried to repeal this tax) which will increase once again in July making California the highest gas tax states in the nation. Automatic gas tax increases each year isn’t enough for them; they want to want another 10 percent tax imposed on oil and gas.

I don’t know about you, but I will not be forced to leave this state or get out of the fight because of high-poverty, high cost-of-living, high taxes, or because of infighting within our ranks.

I’m not giving up and either should you. Join me in my fight to take back our state and make it affordable to everyone once again. That is what Carl DeMaio and I are doing at Reform California.

Let us united, and our first step is to focus on stopping Gov. Newsom and his Water Tax. Reform California has targeted these Democrat “Water Tax Weaklings” to stop this tax dead in its track. We need your help targeting these legislators:

Targeted Members of the Assembly
Brian Maienschein
Sharon Quirk-Silva
Sabrina Cervantes
Tasha Horvath
Cottie Petrie-Norris
Jacqui Irwin
Christy Smith
James Ramos

Targeted State Senators
Richard Roth
Tom Umberg
Melissa Hurtado
Anna Caballero

These 12 legislators are seen as the most vulnerable members of the state legislature – and more importantly, if 3 State Senators or 7 Members of the Assembly announce their opposition to the Water Tax, it would effectively be killed as any tax hike requires a two-thirds vote in BOTH chambers to pass.

The Water Tax Weakling campaign will include 30-second ads, Facebook ads, text messaging and phone outreach, and storefront canvassing to reach more than 1.5 million high-propensity voters in each of the 12 districts held by the targeted legislators.

Voters will be informed of their representative’s unacceptable position on the Water Tax and will be asked to sign a petition to oppose the Water Tax. Links to all campaign creative materials and the Water Tax Petition is at StopTheWaterTax.com

So, to my fellow grassroots conservative Republicans join me and use that passion, drive, and energy to stop Gov. Newsom and his spend and tax allies and let’s Reform California and make it Affordable for Every Californian.