Have a well on your own property in California? Get ready to start paying taxes and fees for using your own water.

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CALIFORNIA- Recently, California’s clown of a governor, Gavin Newsom, advertised in the state of Florida, trying to woo residents of that state to the land of fruits and nuts, California.

Seriously who wouldn’t want to leave a tax free state such as Florida and move to California, where the only thing they don’t tax is the air that you breathe…or at least they have yet to figure out how to do so.

Now we’re learning that in addition to everything else they tax, California plans to bill landowners on water they take out of their own wells, on their own land, WND reports.

Not, this is not a piece from The Babylon Bee…this is a plan from California lawmakers. It is reported that the bill will cost landowners hundreds of dollars in fees, and a whopping 25% penalty for anyone who doesn’t pony up on time.

According to ZeroHedge, a source near San Diego has informed the California Globe about a letter that’s been circulated to owners of private water wells.

“California is marching toward a world where those with wells on their own property will be required to put a meter on them and pay the government. Because in their world, the government owns everything and we’re just renters,” the source said.

The letter was sent this month and signed by Natalie Stork, chief of Groundwater Management Program Unit 1 and was written on letterhead of the California Water Boards, under authority of Newsom and Jared Blumenfield, Secretary for Environmental Protection.

According to the letter:

Landowners whose property is within an unmanaged area and contains an operating ground water extraction well must report the volume of groundwater extracted from the well. The groundwater extraction volume must be reported as a monthly total.

In addition to pumping volumes, reports must include the location of the well and the place and purpose of use of the groundwater. Groundwater extraction reports are due to the state water board until February 1, 2023.
However, if you are required to report, the report must include pumping volumes for each month between the date of receipt of this letter and September 30, 2022.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be a blue state, least of all the People’s Republic of California, if it didn’t also include more money for the state to waste on dumb stuff.

Each well owner would be required to pay a “base filing fee” of $300 per well, which all extractors are required to report.

Add on to that an additional fee of $10 per acre foot with a meter, $25 per acre foot without. Tardy filers will be slapped with a late fee of 25% per month.

The California Globe reached out to Stork and the SGMA requesting information as to the breadth of distribution the letter received and more importantly, where the State Water Resources Control Board derives the authority to charge well owners for water pumped from their own property.

Neither had responded to the request as of the date this piece was published.

The source who received the letter was livid, noting the program would cost landowners significant sums of money. Moreover, California would do nothing to support the program but collect the money and spend it on outrageous programs such as providing medical insurance to illegals.

“They’re sending out letters to property owners saying they must declare [if] they use just two acre feet,” said the source.

“If they use more they must pay an annual fee of $300 for each well plus they must meter the water, send in a monthly usage report, and pay a fee for water that is pumped starting in Feb 2023. What a great racket! The government provides no service, no support, no product, doesn’t even do the billing! That’s all on citizens. All [the government does] is cash the check.”

There has not yet been organized resistance to the proposal, according to two individuals who received the letter. However according to one source, as the small fees grow, it is expected to lead to more pushback from residents.

“The fees may seem small today, but they always start small. Then they’ll ratchet up. Similarly, while this excludes light domestic users, it won’t for long.”

Florida residents move to California? One question…why would they?

Have a well on your own property in California?  Get ready to start paying taxes and fees for using your own water.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to reports, the United States Supreme Court has decided against hearing the California Trucking Associations case against a worker classification law known as Assembly Bill 5 or AB5.

The high Court made its announcement on June 30th, just before heading off to recess for the next few months.

This means that the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s ruling stands, which eliminates the preliminary injunction currently preventing AB5 from being enforced on motor carriers.

The basic gist of AB5 is that it makes it more difficult for a worker to be considered an independent contractor. Also know popularly as the “gig worker bill,” the legislation requires companies that hire independent contractors to reclassify them as employees, with only some exceptions.

This legislations has many people in the state of California trucking industry concerned about the future of the owner-operator. AB5 was initially passed into law back in 2019, but the lawsuit against it had prevented it from impacting the trucking industry.

In a statement, the California Trucking Association (CTA), said:

“Gasoline has been poured on the fire that is our ongoing supply chain crisis. In addition to the direct impact on California’s 70,000 owner-operators who have seven days to cease long-standing independent businesses, the impact of taking tens of thousands of truck drivers off the road will have devastating repercussions on an already fragile supply chain, increasing costs and worsening runaway inflation.”

The Owner-Operated Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), which filed an amicus brief in support for the CTA’s petition, said that it was disappointed the Supreme Court’s decision. OOIDA President Todd Spencer said in a statement:

“With AB5 now set to go into effect, thousands of owner-operators driving in California face an uncertain future. California has provided no guidance to owner-operators about how they can work as independent contractors under this new scheme, and truckers will be at the mercy of the courts to interpret how the law will be applied.”

He added:

“For truckers that have invested their blood, sweat and treasure to create their own businesses, it is dismaying that lawmakers and the courts are forging ahead with this radical policy that dismisses a beneficial business model that has been in place for decades. At the same time, we know this will not be the last word on the legality of AB5 and expect to participate in future challenges to the law.”

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In stark comparison, the California Attorney’s General Office applauded the high Court’s decision. A spokesperson for the office said:

“We’re pleased with the court’s decision to reject this challenge to AB5’s application to the motor carrier industry. At the California Department of Justice, we’ll continue to do our park to defend laws that are designed to protect workers and ensure fair labor and business practices.”

According to another report, AB5 which was passed and signed by Democrats, essentially outlaws independent contractors from operating transport trucks in the state of California. When the law goes into effect in the coming week, California will be hit with a “truckpocalypse” shutdown of transportation capacity.

While some transportation companies maintain full-time employees to operate long haul rigs, many drivers are “owner-operators” who actually own their own trucks and who pick up contract jobs from the hundreds of shipping and transport companies that operate in California.

These owner-operators pay their own taxes, buy their own health insurance, and cover their own fuel costs. Yet, it seems California Democrats think that independent freedom for truckers should be criminalized. So, they have outlawed independent contractors in the trucking industry.

Once the new law goes into effect, it is expected to cause widespread logjams, cost increases, and delays to transportation across America.


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