WASHINGTON (TND) — In this week's Waste of the Week, a California program is paying people not to have a car and Oregon is spending nearly $90 million to fund a practically empty pre-K program.
Adam Andrzejewski, CEO and founder of OpenTheBooks.com, joined The National Desk Friday to discuss what his watchdog group has uncovered recently.
"So tell us about this new initiative passed by the California legislature that rewards residents who choose not to have a car. How much could this cost, and how would this work?" The National Desk's Jan Jeffcoat asked.
"So it's going to cost taxpayers in California nearly a billion dollars, about $900 million," Andrzejewski explained. "And so they're trying to change the California car culture. They're trying to take cars off the road in California. So if you make $60,000 or less in a family, every member of your family that doesn't have a car, they'll pay you a refundable tax credit of $1,000. So it's refundable. So even if you don't have a tax liability, even if you don't owe taxes, you can still get a check.
This bill is one of nearly 40 California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to sign into law to combat climate change as part of his $54 billion plan.
For more of Andrzejewski's interview with Jeffcoat, watch the video above.