The 23rd Senate District
Senator Morrell represents the 23rd
State Senate District that incorporates portions of Riverside, San Bernardino,
and Los Angeles Counties. In those Counties are the following Communities
of: Banning, Beaumont, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Cedar Glen, Calimesa,
Cherry Valley, Crestline, Homeland, Hemet, Highland, Lake Arrowhead, Loma
Linda, Menifee, Mentone, Nuevo, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Rancho Cucamonga,
Redlands, San Bernardino, San Jacinto, Wrightwood, and Yucaipa.
CAP & TRADE Drives up Gas $$$$
California’s Small Businesses
We should be
legislating opportunity FOR ALL and favoritism TOWARD NONE!
Friday August 11,
2017 Senator Mike Morrell____
the recent vote by the legislature to extend the Governor’s Cap-and-Trade
proposal, there have been a number of questions about the Bill’s merits.
Here are reasons why I opposed AB 398 (E. Garcia, D-Coachella):
AB 398 will result in
higher prices at the gas pump – by as much as 73
cents per gallon. This is a very
real cost that families and small businesses across the state will have to bear
and it comes on top of the new 19 cent per gallon gas tax the legislature passed this
year with SB 1. That is why it was opposed by the Howard
Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
Assembly Bill 398 was passed in the name
of fighting climate change, but this Bill did not set any new clean air
requirements. It was simply a way for the Governor and the majority party
leadership to create a multi-billion-dollar
Under the cap-and-trade scheme, it is expected that $10.5
billion will continue to go toward funding the Governor’s high-speed rail train
– a project that will actually increase
carbon emissions, not decrease them.
his testimony on AB 398, the Governor contended that without cap-and-trade,
“The [Air Resources Board] will
regulate…in a way that is not efficient…that will be three to five times more
costly,” calling the board’s potential approach an “extensive, massive, intrusive regulatory burden.”
making this case, the Governor and Democratic leaders admit they do not have
confidence in their appointed bureaucrats to the Air Resources Board to
enact regulations that won’t destroy our state’s economy.
Keep in mind that of the 14 members of the Air Resources Board, 12
are appointed by the Governor. The website
for the Air Resources Board says these members serve “at the pleasure” of the Governor. If the board took action that was detrimental
to our state, couldn’t the current Governor, or any future Governor, remove
members and appoint replacements?
398 would not be needed if the Governor simply had the courage to instruct his
own appointed bureaucrats at the Air Resources Board to implement clean air
standards in the least costly way possible, but that solution would not have
raised billions in new gas taxes for
high-speed rail and other big government programs.
398 helped many multi-national corporations by taking the burden off them in
meeting low-carbon standards and making individuals and families pay more in
gas and fuel costs. The National
Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which represents small business
owners, opposed this legislation because of the heavy cost it will impose on
small businesses and consumers. It is the duty of legislators to help all
businesses – big, small, and midsize. If you only help large businesses, that
is crony capitalism. We should be legislating
opportunity for all and favoritism toward none.
say AB 398 is a market-based solution, but who is running the current
cap-and-trade system? The Air Resources Board. Who will continue to run cap and
trade? The Air Resources Board…… a government-created
scheme, not a free market.
the end of the day, my job is to protect the everyday citizens of our community
and state. With the taxes this Bill imposes, there is no benefit and no
services rendered to justify what is being paid out by Californians - - - -only
pain at the pump.
For further information, I encourage you to read more.
ASSEMBLY BILL 398 will
According to a letter
from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office to Assemblyman Vince Fong
(R-Bakersfield), the price of gas will increase by as much as 73
cents per gallon. This government-imposed cost is another tax.