California Democrat pitches new way to work around Newsom’s skepticism about reparations

A California lawmaker wants to tax gold, cotton, and other items linked to slavery and use the money for reparations for black people.

The bill introduced by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer is one of 12 bills backed by the California Legislative Black Caucus. The bills stem from a 2023 report published by the state’s reparations task force — the first such task force in the nation.

The task force was created after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) signed California Assembly Bill 3121 in 2020. However, Newsom has been noncommittal to the measures proposed by the task force.  

The tax, the rate of which is unspecified in the bill, would go into effect in July 2025 at a sale’s point of purchase. 

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