CA Gov. candidate Major Williams: No state tax, make California safe by being pro-2nd Amendment
The entrepreneur explains his innovative solutions to the problems that California faces.
Major Williams, a conservative Republican running for California governor, wants to eliminate state taxes, make the Golden State pro-Second Amendment, and implement public-private partnerships to efficiently solve common issues that Californians face.
"So my team, we've created this umbrella called the Restore California Plan," Williams told the John Solomon Reports podcast." "Within a Restore California Plan, we're looking at the budget. Once we get in there, we want to do a forensic audit.
"Once we do the forensic audit, we have an opportunity to look at the wasteful spending, which California has a lot of, and reallocate those funds to specific programs; one a four-year program for small businesses, versus Gavin Newsom trying to create a billion-dollar fund right now to give away grants which small businesses get like $7,500, which does nothing."
Eliminating the state tax and replacing it with a tourism tax is part of Williams' plan for bringing in revenue.
"What we're doing is going to empower small businesses with a stimulus — no different than federal has done before — and it doesn't take away from new taxes from California," Williams said. "Another component that we're going to work towards is eliminating state taxes. And people say, 'How are you going to do that?' Well, there is a model that exists, that we're going to create a tourist tax."
"We get over 279 million tourists a year, even if we lose 20% of them, because they don't want to pay an extra 10-20% tourist tax, that's still more revenue than the tax if we eliminate it for the state tax, which would be an incentive to small businesses to thrive or even to be created. That means more jobs, that means more funds towards our economy."
Williams also detailed how he wants to make California more business-friendly.
"Due to regulations, restrictions, and red tape," he said, "we are literally running businesses off saying, 'We don't need you.' And so, we have those three different components in place, which, in hindsight, it's going to create a ripple effect.
"And how we're going to do those things? As I said, it's going to start with the forensic audit, understanding where our wasteful spending is, and use those certain stimuluses.
"You know, for small businesses and for other programs, I don't believe in defund the police department. If they wanted to — if they need funding for certain programs, that's what those wasteful funds will be allocated towards also, so we can eliminate that conversation.
"I'm not a career politician, there's no magic wand, this is going to take a lot of effort, we're gonna have to be creative, we're gonna have to be patiently aggressive. And that's the process when it comes to our budget, managing it, and bringing things back to life and restoring balance in our state."
Williams laid out his plan to create a students union to combat the teachers union.
"To empower people economically, financially, and as far as partnerships, another thing that we're talking about even like with the schools ... so the biggest thing is the teachers union," he said. "So why don't we create a kids' union where it's the kids, the parents and pub-private partners, who align with their beliefs in regards to the curriculum?"
He also detailed how his campaign is going and explained the dynamics of the recall election.
"When I become governor of California — first black candidate ever," he said. "A young guy, someone that's empowering young people, Democrats, independents, libertarians, which is what all of our volunteers consist of right now, which is unheard of, is monumental.
"We have the fastest rising campaign in California's most recent history, from an organic standpoint. We're not the most funded, but we're the most popular. And all we have to do is peak at the right time to win a recall election and we know how to win."
"Everyone keeps talking about, you know, 'Are you afraid that we're going to split the vote because there's so many Republicans getting in?' No, I'm like, more should get in, I need as many as possible, right? I can get five percent of the vote and win this election, guys. And so some people don't understand those dynamics."
Williams explained how he thinks public-private partnerships can solve California's problems better than just the government itself.
"And so I look forward to working with private partners," he said. "And the reason why I say private partners on certain things and blame the weak government and resources because I don't have to wait to get every bill passed through legislation to get active being the governor.
"I can walk through doors and work with nonprofit foundations and other private organizations, and be the face or the voice to get other opportunities through the door to get things funded and move forward. They don't have the imagination. If you talk about revenue, the first thing they think about is okay, what kind of new tax can we create? Versus, I say what kind of leverage and opportunities and partnerships can we create?"
Williams also discussed the importance of supporting the Second Amendment and why enforcing it would make California a safer state.
With regard to those who react negatively to the pro-gun rights platform, Williams said: "When they understand the foundations of the essence of the Second Amendment and gun owner and rights, it's truly to protect yourself and your family. And it's something that our founding fathers understood, right? That's a part of our Constitution, that's part of our constitutional rights.
"And so for me, I also look at it as a deterrent. People have no idea how, psychologically, a legal gun owner state is a deterrent. If you see a cafe, you know for a fact if you're thinking about robbing a cafe, 12 of those patrons, at least six of them may be armed, on top of the actual owners, right?
"And so psychologically, it's a deterrent," Williams explained. "I feel like a gun state is a safer state. And so I just try to walk people through the whole philosophy of why I believe that and some of the instances of other models that exist in other states as well, and just try to give them the statistics and the data. Because you know, that's how they do it now with the pandemic — they use certain moments, to create massive fear, to make you feel like it's happening every single place.
"So they think that all Republicans and conservatives, we want to just walk out openly just blazing with our guns and just shooting them in the air. And just, you know, it's not that at all. So it really has to be a safety protection. And it's for deterrent for safer states."