By Dr. David Gonzalez | Special to The Observer

OPINION – As an advocate for those experiencing homelessness, a community volunteer, and university professor, I have witnessed firsthand the devastating impacts of this global pandemic on our youth, parents, everyone in our communities: lost homes, jobs, and loved ones. 

As our state begins to emerge from this pandemic, we should be doing everything possible to make it easier for our schools to reopen and our businesses to rehire people.  

As Governor Gavin Newsom talks about California’s $100 billion Comeback Plan, I was disheartened to learn about the possible tax on disinfectants (Mill Tax) by as much as 90 percent. 

This new tax proposal will fall disproportionally on those who can least afford it but need the jobs and our economy to thrive for survival. Businesses and schools are currently required to regularly clean and disinfect doorknobs and commonly touched surfaces. How will this tax proposal impact our schools, businesses, and the personal need to purchase disinfectants to help minimize the spread of this deadly virus? 

I have sent a signed letter to California State Assembly and Senate budget chairs who will be debating this issue. 

I urge that you do the same because the increase in taxes will fall disproportionally on our low-income and communities of color. 

Send your letter to: 

The Honorable Richard Bloom

Chair, Assembly Budget Subcommittee 3

The Honorable Bob Wieckowski

Chair, Senate Budget 2

California State Capitol 

1010 L Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Dr. David Gonzalez Jr. is Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Organizational Leadership.