It may not surprise you to hear that our state has 12% of the nation's population yet pays more than 30% of the nation's welfare. What might surprise you, however, is that Assembly Democrats don't feel that is nearly enough.
Recently, a Democratic legislator stood on the floor of the Assembly and publicly called for the government to redistribute wealth. The Assembly member explained, "There is no doubt, in this state, that we have inequities that need to be dealt with and should be dealt with by this Legislature." The Assembly member was specifically referring to using governmental authority to equalize the wealth between prosperous homeowners and farm workers.
To the chagrin of taxpayers statewide, this sentiment has become a rallying point for California's liberal lawmakers.
Californians have become well-acquainted with high taxes that fund government programs and handouts that are served in generous portions to non-taxpayers. In fact, last year, over my strong objections, the Legislature approved the largest tax hikes in the state's history in order to fund "safety-net" and other social programs preferred by legislative Democrats.