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Forum topic by greg48 posted 07-10-2013 07:41 PM 1062 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2013 07:41 PM

Fellow LJ’ers,
I’ve been quiet around the shop for a while due to some self inflicted community involvements, but my terms are up and I was looking forward to making some more byproduct sawdust from the wife’s honey do list. Off I went to the orange big box store down the road to pick up some raw material for an integral side table/book case for my beloveds trundle bed. Here’s where I really go off topic and you may not wish to continue reading from here on since this is a California policy rant. Anyway, after paying for the wood materials, I notice a CA lumber use fee has been added onto the price of goods, approximately 1% of the retail price. It seems in my absence from the world of retail wood product consumption, a use fee was attached to all manufactured wood products. Although the fee looks like a tax, and walks like a tax, etc., it is a fee and not subject to a 2/3’s approval by both houses of the state legislature. This new fee pays for the added multi-disiplinary / inter-agency review of timber harvest plans to make sure that said plans comply with all environmental and cultural concerns. I was a little put off by the new tax ( I mean “fee”) but not all that surprised at some of the innovative fund raising by the state. If you think this rant is done, read on. Upon carefully going through my sales receipt, I noticed that the CA use fee has been added into the sub-total all of which is subject to a California sales tax (although a little higher, nothing new here). It appears that I am getting taxed on a tax! I’m not sure if that is legal or not. I thought of going back to the orange big box store to confront lower management, but I’m not sure I could handle another hunched shoulder – blank stare in my present condition. Anyway, I feel better having had my rant so I will retire to the shop and start rendering the larger pieces into smaller pieces.

P.S. Lee, this probably had something to do with the question posed regarding climate.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 07-10-2013 07:55 PM

Not taxed on a tax, but rather on a fee.

There, feel better? :-)

Not in California, Greg, but in a state that is quite as disfunctional: Illinois. Term limits need to be enforced at the polls. In other words, unless career politicians truly believe they can be removed, they’ll conduct business outside the system of checks and balances that were set up to protect we, the people. Oh, the fee is on top of the tax you’re paying for government to supposedly administer the regs and rules you mentioned.


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#2 posted 07-12-2013 02:57 AM

Hey Smitty, I’m in Illinois and I resent you’re rant.
We are the the most fiscally conservative state in the union.
We have the lowest taxes, lowest crime rate, no toll roads, and the most business friendly state you could live in.

If you believe what I just typed, I could also convince you we are the largest exporters of palm trees and pineapples.

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#3 posted 07-12-2013 04:18 AM

I would mention that both of those beautiful states are, and have been for many decades, controlled by demo crats, if I could do so without breaking the “no-politics” rules, but I can’t, so I won’t.

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#4 posted 07-12-2013 11:45 AM

Hey jim C: don’t forget you also “had” the” beloved “JJ Jr.
If you can have a 90 day trial period with an employee in the work force. Why can’t you have one with “other” areas of the sectors?
Notice I did not mention politics.

-- Life is good.

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#5 posted 07-12-2013 11:58 AM

I will also mention governor Blagoyovitch or however it’s spelled.

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#6 posted 07-12-2013 12:01 PM

Git yer spelling right
It’s “Demon-Crats”
And, it’s a political rant… moderators, suspend my butt if you wish.

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#7 posted 07-12-2013 12:21 PM

The whining has started…..........................................take it else where.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#8 posted 07-12-2013 12:58 PM

Don’t watch.

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