So what happens if the Gropinator wins and really does roll back the car tax, as he's promised to do? UPI explains:
Arnold Schwarzenegger may have charged into a dead-end canyon by vowing to repeal an increase in California's so-called car tax, which just so happens to be a major funding source for police and fire protection in the city.
Almost immediately after Schwarzenegger promised this week to void a three-fold jump in the state's vehicle licensing fee [VLF], Democrats rounded up a bevy of police chiefs and firefighters for a news conference to warn that public safety faced a devastating hit should the $4.2 billion in additional fees fail to materialize.
"Public safety can easily eat up three-quarters of a city's general-fund budget," noted Rick TerBorch, chief of police in Arroyo Grande and the president of the California Police Chiefs Association.
"Given the extent that VLF funds local general funds -- 14 (percent to) 40 percent on average -- a cut in the VLF would be devastating."...
Californians with reasonable information-processing skills already know this, but everyone else -- Cali idiots and non-Californians -- needs to know that Davis isn't even remotely responsible for the car-tax increase:
In 1998, the state was flush with cash from the high-tech boom and the Legislature approved a Republican plan to reduce the VLF by two-thirds....
The plan, however, contained a provision that if economic times became tough, the VLF would automatically be restored to its original 2 percent.
..."One of the first things the public sector wants is police and fire protection," said state Sen. Richard Alarcon. "This VLF tax is exactly that kind of notion; it dedicates a specific source of revenue for police and fire services. It's a disingenuous message that somehow Gray Davis created this. He wasn't even in the Legislature at the time."
So when Schwarzie refers to "the Davis administration's tripling of the car tax," he's lying, big time.