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  TAXPAYER Update  


JULY 26, 2019____ 


The LA Times Editorial Board did a good job outlining a new legislative proposal that is trying to take away voter transparency. In a last minute gut and amend of Senate Bill #268, the proponents are clearly trying to ram this bill through the legislative process with very little public input. They claim that providing the rate and duration of a tax increase on the 75-word ballot label (as the Bill I authored several years ago requires) is confusing to voters.

However, there is absolutely no proof of that. In fact, the passage rate of bonds is currently over 80 percent, which clearly doesn't support their argument. All the data shows that when voters are confused, they are more likely to vote no. With that high of a passage rate, it seems clear that voters are willing to support bonds and the corresponding tax increase if they agree with how the money is spent. 


What’s even more telling is that I proposed an amendment that would simplify what the proponents would have to include in the ballot label. It would say, “this measure increases property taxes – see voter guide for information.”

That amendment was flatly rejected, shedding a light on the proponents’ main objective, which is to hide tax increases from voters.


I will continue to fight against this effort to eliminate voter transparency.


It is an honor to represent you.


Assemblyman-O-_200.jpgAssemblyman Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly District, which includes the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and Victorville.