EDITOR: I appreciate George Runner’s efforts in fighting the Cal Fire extortion … er … “fire prevention fee” (Monday’s Mountain Democrat: “Fire fee lawsuit received by state”).
If the lawsuit is successful however, it seems that it will be little more than a moral victory. The suit hinges on the courts deciding that the so-called fee is in fact a tax. That distinction had significance before November of last year, but with new Democratic supermajorities in both the Senate and Assembly, all they will need to do is change the word “fee” to “tax” and pass it anyway.
Perhaps to make a point to the rural (read: “red”) voting districts, they will even increase the amount of the tax in new legislation.
On a side note: What’s up with the Mountain Democrat giving Mr. Runner a byline in an article where he quotes himself? Since he was recently elected to the Board of Equalization it can’t be a campaign piece, but it reads more like a self-serving press release than news. Maybe it would have been more appropriate as a Letter to the Editor.
Editor’s note — It is our policy to identify the source of all press releases.