Re " 'California is back,' Brown proclaims" (Page A1, Jan. 25): By passing Proposition 30, a measure to tax themselves, California voters demonstrated responsibility and unusual generosity. Their largesse will be of considerable assistance in reducing the state debt and rebuilding our shattered educational system.
Isn't it time that California oil companies joined with the voters and began paying an oil severance tax? Oil lying under California soil belongs to California. Oil companies extract that oil, generating substantial profits that are paid out as dividends to shareholders mostly outside of California. Yet large numbers of their petroleum engineers, computer scientists, technicians, and support personal were educated in California universities -- universities supported by California taxpayers and student tuition and fees.
Isn't a little payback only fair? California is the only major oil producing state in the country without an oil severance tax. Isn't it time for a change
-- Rod Sime, Sacramento