SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Nearly 1 million undocumented immigrants could live and work openly in California with little or no fear of deportation under an initiative unveiled Friday by a state legislator and others.
Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, a Democrat, is helping spearhead the measure, called the California Opportunity and Prosperity Act.
The proposal was filed Friday with the state Attorney General’s Office, marking a first step toward a drive to collect the 504,760 voter signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.
Fuentes called the measure a “moderate, common-sense approach” necessitated by the federal government’s inability to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Well, OK. But the federal government also has shown an “inabilty” to advance tax reform. So, we need to take charge here on taxes too.
California should grant amnesty to anyone not paying state taxes. For example, 40 percent of Californians’ taxes goes to K-12 education. But suppose you don’t like the government-run schools and plunk your kids into private schools, or homeschool them. Why should have to pay twice — once for the private or homeschool you do use, a second time for the government school you don’t use?
You should be given a “tax amnesty” of 40 percent. That is, you should be allowed to stop paying 40 percent of your taxes, on your own authority, and automatically be given an “amnesty” from the Franchise Tax Board.
Or maybe you don’t like the state welfare system, believing it’s social engineering that causes dependency, and that the poor should be helped instead through private charity. So, you could stop paying, say, 20 percent of your state taxes.
And if you’re like me and object to the whole kit ‘n’ kaboodle of wateful, incompetent and repressive state government, then you would be granted “amnesty” from paying any taxes at all.
Taxpayer amnesty. It’s an idea whose time is now.