Re "Forces join to push for energy tax" (Page A1, May 20): The Bee's one-sided presentation of Senate Bill 241, the proposed oil severance tax, completely ignores that voters and the Legislature have already rejected similar taxes in the past.
Californians have already said "no" to increasing energy costs via an oil severance tax, but once again politicians in Sacramento are ignoring the will of the voters.
A new tax on oil extraction would damage the ability of California to benefit economically from the creation of jobs and increased revenue resulting from Monterey Shale oil production. We should be doing everything we can to encourage production and investment in California, not discourage it with yet another onerous tax increase.
Education is important, but if we don't have jobs for those students, what's the point? State Sen. Noreen Evans and her colleagues need to stop with these taxes and start giving students what they really want -- well-paying jobs when they graduate!
-- Stephanie Olsen, Elk Grove