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California is a tax haven for the middle class? Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom made that risible claim during a Sacramento Bee editorial board meeting last month as he battles the Sept. 14 recall election.
Newsom’s questionable boast came in response to a reporter who prefaced her question by noting that California has the nation’s “highest housing costs, highest gasoline prices and highest utilities…. In a very real sense, the California Dream is more like a mirage for people grinding it out day after day.” Then she asked, “How do you make the case that you, as governor, can deliver the California Dream to all Californians?”
Visibly unsettled, Newsom complained about his press coverage and then responded with a string of half-truths, ending with a whopper. “Middle-class families in Texas pay more taxes than middle-class Californians. Look that up. That’s a fact! I don’t know why that doesn’t get more damn attention.”
It’s no accident that in defending California, the governor singled out Texas. Year after year, for more than two decades, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates, more Americans move out of California