“Scotch and soda, mud in your eye. Baby, do I feel high, oh, me, oh, my, do I feel high.” –”Scotch and Soda,” by The Kingston Trio (1958). The Kingston Trio should become the Kingston Quartet — with California Gov. Jerry Brown as the fourth member. On Wednesday, September 25, California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed legislation giving California the nation’s highest minimum wage: $10 per hour. The wage goes into effect on January 1, 2016. The number of jobs lost could be — well — high.
Gov. Brown can feel high for another reason. In November 2012, California voters passed Brown’s Proposition 30, raising California’s sales tax, already the highest in the nation, to an even higher level. In Concord, for example, the sales tax, under Proposition 30, went from 8.75 percent to 9.0 percent.
California is high in several other categories. The Golden State has the nation’s highest top bracket for the personal income-tax: 13.3 percent. California’s gasoline tax is the highest in the nation.
Perhaps Gov. Brown might need additional inspiration from The Kingston Trio.
Here are some more lyrics from “Scotch and Soda”: “All I need is one of your smiles. Sunshine of your eyes, oh, me, oh, my. Do I feel higher than a kite can fly. Give me lovin’, baby, I feel high.”
Perhaps, Jerry Brown could drink to that.