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Posted: July 6, 2008 7:02 p.m.
Updated: September 7, 2008 5:03 a.m.
Recently former Assemblywoman and current 19th Senate District candidate Hanna-Beth Jackson made her first campaign foray into Santa Clarita and announced at a political rally, “This is the tsunami seat.”
No truer words were ever spoken.

Jackson’s election to the state Senate will mean higher taxes, larger government bureaucracies, more regulation on business, a death blow to any chance at education reform and a roll back to 1960s-style “soft on crime” policies.

Why do I say that? Two reasons:

First, Jackson’s election would put the Democrats on the cusp of having a two-thirds majority in both houses of the state Legislature. This means Democrats would be able to pass a state budget and override Gov. Schwarzenegger’s veto.

In other words, they would be able to implement their liberal agenda unchecked by common sense.
Second, in Jackson’s three terms in the state Assembly her voting record reflected a willingness to raise taxes and grow government.

In other words, Jackson is your classic Massachusetts (or in this case, Santa Barbara) liberal.
For the record, I have never met Hanna-Beth Jackson and I am sure that she is an honorable person who sincerely believes in her cause. However, I believe her world view is out of step with the world view of a majority of Santa Clarita Valley residents.

So during the course of this campaign I plan to document her voting record in the Assembly and contrast it with Republican state Senate candidate and former Assemblyman Tony Strickland’s record, so voters can draw their own conclusions. Jackson’s nickname in the capitol is “Taxin’ Jackson.” I’m going to refrain from using that moniker, but let’s take a brief look at her voting record when it comes to taxes:

AB 1740 — Proposed Amendment #13 by Strickland to the Assembly’s version of the 2000-01 budget would have provided $4 billion in tax relief for working families by increasing the $2.7 billion for unspecified tax relief by $1.3 billion.

It would have exempted from income tax all persons with less than $25,000 adjusted gross income; increased the Dependent Credit to $738; provided a tax credit for employee-paid health insurance; and repealed the sales tax on gasoline (Jackson Aye/Strickland No) on motion to kill amendment.
AB 1740 — Proposed Amendment #14 would have provided $545 million in tax relief for lower-income people by exempting people who make less than $28,800 from paying income tax (Jackson Aye/Strickland No) on motion to kill amendment.

AB 95 — Proposed Amendment #7 to the Assembly’s version of the 2001-02 budget would have provided Californians with much-needed tax relief by continuing the three-quarter-cent sales tax reduction through 6/30/02 (Jackson Aye/Strickland No) on motion to kill amendment.

SB 75 — A bill ostensibly intended to enact the 2001-02 state budget, but would have also resulted in a $1.2 billion tax increase for Californians through the automatic reinstatement of a quarter-cent sales tax in 2002. Also contained $120 million for “pork barrel” projects and lacked funding for school-district funding equalization (Jackson Aye/Strickland No).

AB 427 — This raises taxes by deleting the 20-year time limit on initiative-approved transportation sales taxes and, instead, allows the tax to remain in effect for a much longer period of time (Jackson Aye/Strickland No).

AB 1412 — This gives voters in Los Angeles and 34 other cities the power to impose local sales taxes, increasing the tax burden from $119 million to as much as $238 million, depending upon the rate (Jackson Aye/Strickland No).

SB 566 — This allows higher local sales taxes. It permits the combined rate of transactions and use taxes to increase from 1.5 percent to 2 percent for all counties; permits all counties and cities to increase their local transaction and use taxes by one-quarter percent increments by either a majority or two-thirds majority vote, depending upon the tax being for general or special purposes (Jackson Aye/Strickland No).

Let the record show Jackson wanted to remove billions from the pockets of hard-working California families and redistribute those hard-earned dollars to feed a growing government bureaucracy.

This fall the Democrat power brokers and Sacramento special interests will spend up to $7 million to tell you that a vote for Jackson is a “vote for the children,” and that Tony Strickland is a bad man. I know voters have the discernment to see through that, but I want to arm you with the facts so Santa Clarita Valley voters can make an informed choice.

This fall our community will have the power to be the levee that stops the impending tsunami of over-taxation that will crush our economy. Or we can allow it to happen. It will be your decision.

Scott Thomas Wilk is a member of the California Republican Party and elected member to the Los Angeles County Republican Party. His column reflects his own views, not necessarily those of The Signal. “Right Here Right Now” appears Mondays in The Signal and rotates among several local Republican writers.


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