AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champNevertheless, Nunez told the Bee that he is willing to consider a tax increase for Californians. Only this welfare state does a better job of taking care of employee unions, retired public workers and special interests than it does taking care of the sick and the needy, not to mention the average taxpayer. If Nunez does find a way to raise taxes, he will end up with even more social problems. Taking money out of people’s pockets – consumer spending is the largest sector of the economy – reduces economic activity, slows job growth and leads to unemployment. The economy, particularly in the Inland Empire, San Diego and other areas whopped by the real estate meltdown, is having enough trouble. Nunez should think of ways to cut spending, and taxes, to become competitive with neighboring states like Nevada and Arizona that have been not-so-quietly sucking jobs out of California for years. Nunez said he would consider raising taxes in two ways: Internet sales and restoring the vehicle license fee Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger successfully lowered. The Internet, along with California’s dominance over many of its marquee businesses, is one of the economy’s bright spots and should not be tampered with. Assembly speaker proposes raising California’s taxes at the worst possible time. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez clearly learned about more than wine on his European vacations financed by campaign donations. As he told reporters the other day, he went to France and Spain for an education. He appears to have learned something about taxes, telling The Sacramento Bee on Friday that he would consider increasing them to close the state’s $14billion budget shortfall. Much of the European Union, including France, uses high taxes to finance its welfare states. The result, for many countries, is a high level of services – coupled with staggering unemployment, particularly for younger workers. Car fees would hurt another important segment of the economy, auto dealers, and take money out of drivers’ purses and wallets. With gasoline prices so high in California, driving is already prohibitively expensive and is one of the reasons inflation is looming. The speaker told The Sacramento Bee that he is looking to close tax “loopholes” for major corporations. The corporations, of course, will respond by spending less money on hiring and wages in California. It’s that simple. The governor is opposed. He prefers a reduction in spending. So would we. We assume that he has probably learned a few things in Europe, too.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!