25 years ago, John Moorlach gained the nation’s attention by guiding Orange County out of crippling bankruptcy and putting the County on a long-term path to success. Now he’s working to do the same in Sacramento.
I’m fighting to repeal the ban on independent contractors (AB 5) so that all Californians have the freedom to work, even as an independent contractor. I’m also calling for an interim suspension of the gas tax and other anti-job regulations so that California can compete against other states for emerging jobs. We need to remove all roadblocks to a successful recovery for California families.
Fiscal Health Recovery
The stock market drop will certainly reduce capital gains taxes, upon which California’s lopsided tax system is too dependent. So expect an historic drop in state and local revenues. We must prepare now by immediately evaluating state spending and freezing all non-essential expenditures until we can properly assess the scope of the budget shortfall.
Then there’s the pension tidal wave. Before the pandemic, I warned that state, county, city, and school district pension funds were over-leveraged in the stock market. Now we’re facing a shortfall of historic proportion, with many municipalities under threat of potential bankruptcy. We need to immediately ease this fiscal stress by reducing public employee pension benefits until they match available funds.
No More Tax Hikes
Californians already pay the nation’s highest taxes. Now the Sacramento politicians want to raise property taxes in 2020. I strongly oppose increasing taxes on California’s families & small businesses, and I support Proposition 13’s limit on property taxes. Now is not the time.
Safe and Better Schools
As we plan for re-opening schools, remember that California already spends $17,000 per student in K-12 schools – a huge sum. Clearly more money isn’t the answer. Now, with the uncertainty of social distancing, it’s more important than ever that we support parents having greater control and choices over their children’s education, including charter schools, home schooling and other school-choice reforms.
I’m working on specific remedies that fix the homeless, including finding essential funding last year for Laura’s Law, allowing severely mentally ill individuals to obtain assisted outpatient treatment. I’m also a joint author of SB 1206 (Proposition 2), which redirects existing funding to supportive housing for mentally ill homeless.
Fix the Housing Crunch
Government imposed fees on new California housing are 3 times higher than the national average, and regulatory delays compound the cost. I’m fighting to cut these costs and remove unnecessary regulations so that our children don’t have to move away just to afford a home for their families.
Better Roads & Highways
I opposed the 17 cents per gallon gas tax the liberal majority imposed in 2017. At the time, I predicted this new tax revenue would be diverted to other causes. I was right, and now the majority wants to raise taxes even higher. Californians deserve to know their tax dollars are being used appropriately, and that includes using gas taxes for improving highways and other roads.
Moorlach for Senate 2020
ID # 1392543
2014 Quail Street
Newport Beach, CA 92660