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February 24, 2016 The Julian News 13 California Commentary It's A Bird! It's A Plane! It's A Tax Increase Tax Hike on Health Plans Causing Major Angst in Sacramento • •. Currently on the front burner in the State Capitol is the extremely contentious (and complicated) issue of taxing "managed ca(e organizations." Because of federal requirements under Obamacare, California must alter the manner in which it taxes healthcare plans or risk losing billions in federal money. But the question everyone is asking is whether the proposed legislation constitutes a tax increase• That question is not merely academic because its answer has significant policy and political ramifications• While the determination of whether a legislative act imposes a tax may not be that important in other states, it certainly is in California• A requirement imposed by Proposition 13 is that "tax increases" be approved by a two-thirds vote of each house• Thus, although the majority Democrats have almost a two- thirds majority, they lack the power to raise taxes without at least some Republican by Jon Coupal taxes are raised. Fortunately, this issues was resolved in large part by the passage of Prop 26 which requires a two-thirds vote if anyone's taxes are raised• Being familiar with state taxes for the last 35 years, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association takes a keen interest in many of the more arcane issues of tax policy: What bills require a two-thirds vote? What is revenue neutrality? Should the elimination of a tax credit that no longer serves a legitimate public purpose be opposed even though it technically qualifies as .a tax increase? To what extent will a tax hike on businesses ultimately be borne by others? Although HJTA's tax expertise is usually respected by friend and foe alike on a broad array of tax and economic issues, some forget that our analysis i of any policy is driven by one fundamental question: What is the impact on citizen taxpayers? And by citizen taxpayers we simply mean the millions of ordinary men, women and their families - either working or retired - who are not part of any support. And because most special interest group• Republicans run for office as Because we have been asked fiscal conservatives, they are loath to vote for anything that raises the tax burden on citizens or businesses• But the question of whether a legislative act is a tax hike isn't always that simple• Take for example the unpopular "fire tax" imposed on hundreds of thousands of California property owners in rural areas• This by dozens of legislators and those in the media to comment on the MCO tax, we have spent a fair amount of time analyzing the proposal• And, as noted above, our sole focus is on the law's impact on citizen taxpayers and consumers• What we understand at this point is that the proposal has been crafted so as not to impact ordinary folks. We hope JIl HOMES' LAND' RENTALS' PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ' VACATION RENTALS II 76o-765-Onl1 3 Bedroom Home with Finished Attic in Historical District Ready for your personal renovations. 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Cuyamaca Woods 2.5 Acres - privacy, view .... $ 43,000 1 Acre - Gentle slope ....... $ 50,000 2.5 Acres - Driveway, pad, water meter and view ................ $ 85,000 2.63 Acres - Borders State Park, Private.. ....................... $135,000 8 Acres - Excellent well, seasonal creek, fabulous views and privacy .... $110,000 © 2016 King Features Synd., Inc. 28 Have a huddle 51 Cattle call? 7 Brave 32 Hispaniola 52 Luminary 8 Have bills part 53 Tote board 9 Author 33 Concur stats Ferber 34 Cook-wear? 54 Wapiti 10 Chicken -- 36 Handle the 55 Favorites 11 Duel tool 56 Toward the 20 "Hiawatha"• expense 37 Gun the sunset writer engine 22 Put your two 45 Staffer 38 Exploit DOWN cents in 46 Two-timers 39 Metropolis 1 Andy's pal 24 Ducks work 47 Formerly, 42 Early bird?2 Sported 25 Half a formerly 44 Chantilly, 3 Being, to dance? 49 Cleo's slayer Brutus 26 Once around e.g. of taxpayers" rights. 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Manufactured Home OaAk raend °eafo in the red - was designed to Should HJTA adopt a position town, driveway, pad . force property owners residing of neutral!ty on the MCO tax Large 1/2 acre cornerlot covered with Pine, approved for 3 Bedroom, te_._aced fo ,, proposal, m no way should th=s Oak, Cedar, Sequoia. Underground utilities orchard ................... $ 239,000 in State Responsibility Areas" . ........ un er the 'urisdictio • De mterpreteo as some omc=a=including cable. Oversized 3 car garagewith Wynola Estates d n of CalF=re . . " ..... "taxpayers' imprimatur" on all bath and guest quartrers potential. Home 2.5 Acres - Large Oaks with water meter, tO pay for various riFe protecuon ....,,~. .... , .... =,~.... .., ,k.. ...... -,, ,-= is constructed on permanent foundation, appro.ved, grading p.lan, approved septic layouc, House plans incluoea ~ t,-t~J,uuu programs wnetner tney oenet=tea ~t=t~ ~nd fi=d~=r~l I~v~l Spacious laundry and mud room, Dog run. Julian Estates Property '" or not The legahty of that tax ............................ • ' we believe that the state of New roof this year. 12x20 tuff shed for 6.14 acres with septic layout and large is currently subject to a class healthcare services in America additional storage. - trees in exclusive gated community. action lawsuit because it never and California is a disaster in received a two-thirds voteof the need of radical reformation -- $295,00C - $109,000 legislature, based on free market principles __ ' i And then there is the ,,issue and consumer choice• As for Kaaren Terr Carte St. Andre .. 'aul Bicanic of revenue neutrality Is Obamacare itself, the late - ('ell 6~9-4~7-o48~ cell 619-922-9687 (,ell76o-484-7793 some -'taxes and very great Justice Scalia, C th'ng that' raises ..... - ........ 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It was columnist and editor Doug Larson who made the following Iu IJ- 13!o!llv!o[o v their h~gh gas taxes squandered ,, ~ v ] 9 9 ~ ), .L ~ o ....... sage observation: Few things are more satisfying than seeing your I-- ~.. on ~ow pnon[y proJects ano ,, • " ...... children have teenaclerS of their own , I1 wasted to a aegree [na~ wou~a . " . " • • a o d v make even the most -rofli-ate If you re a fan of football, you ve •probably seen the leaping hun -- ~-- olitician blush On sorn ss ues logo on the helmets of Detroit Lions players You might not reaiize, Ia-- 14 p . , " u taxpayers know how to draw a though, that the lion has a name: Bubbles. ' • hard line; .The first volume ofthe first edition ofthe Oxford English Dictionary Jon Coupal is president of was published in 1884, 30 years after the Philological Society of la Nl uiviuioisiu o T~ a er - '1-1-1 " I - I - ' - ' - -- the Howard Jarvis axp y s London came up with the idea for a dictionary that traced the way the d alM 9 u 91H sic w Association California's largest ........ . 7- . anguage had developed from Anglo-Saxon times. It was estimated 3 3 lo H 0 3 ls 3 grass-roots taxpayer organization .... , ' I I I I I I dedicated to the "rotection of that the entire proJect would take 10 years, but ~n half that hme they d .............. ~" • • • weeKly ~UUUI~U Proposition 13 andthe advancement completed just a single volume, covenng A to Ant. Answer Kaaren Terry Carte St. Andre Paul Bicanic ('ell 6~ 9-4~ 7-o48~ cell 619-922-9687 cell 76o-484-7793 CA BRE LIC #o'23~449 CA BRE LIC #0,878,43 CA BRE LIC # 00872978 King Crossword -- JIM V