Marjorie Taylor Green calls for a ‘tax revolt’ in California

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Georgia, called for a “tax riot” in California on Saturday after the state said it would offer free health care to undocumented immigrants in the new year.

Starting Monday, approximately 700,000 undocumented immigrants between the ages of 26 and 49 will be eligible for full health coverage under Medi-Cal, which provides low-income Californians with access to medical care. This is an expansion of previous California laws that gave Medi-Cal access to undocumented children, young adults and adults 50 or older. The California Health and Human Services Agency has set aside $835.6 million in 2023-24 for that expansion and $2.6 billion annually thereafter.

The Medi-Cal expansion, which was approved into legislation in May, comes at a time of major friction between Republicans who want to push for more border security to stop what they see as a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. and Democrats who want to ensure America is a place of refuge for immigrants fleeing their home countries for better opportunities.

Greene shared an article from New York Post on expanding her personal X, formerly Twitter, account on Friday and wrote: “A tax riot would solve this problem in California.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, Republican of Georgia, is seen inside the U.S. Capitol on November 14 in Washington, D.C. Green called for a “tax revolt” in California on Saturday after the state said it would offer free health care to immigrants without papers in new year.
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On Saturday, Green reiterated her support for a tax revolt on her professional X bill.

“This is treason. There is no other way to say it. And now California is going to give illegals free health care, but nothing is free, California taxpayers have to pay for it. The border crisis is the most important issue and I want to impeach him, but I can’t get the votes. Would a tax riot stop it?” the congresswoman wrote.

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s office told ABC News about the Medi-Cal expansion: “In California, we believe that everyone deserves access to quality, affordable health care — regardless of income or immigration status. Through this expansion, we’re ensuring that California families and communities are healthier, stronger and can get the care they need, when they need it.”

Newsweek has reached out to Green’s office by email for comment. Newsweek also reached out to Newsom’s office via an online comment form.

Green has been a vocal critic of the Biden administration’s handling of border security amid an influx of migrants crossing into the United States from the southern border.

“America is in a constitutional crisis,” the congresswoman wrote earlier this month on X. “The administrator is enabling full-scale border incursions and harboring illegal immigrants. Courts are involved in judicial tyranny. The government is politically armed against the people. Soon, national divorce may be our only option.”

In fiscal year 2023, which ended in September, the US Border Patrol (USBP) had 3.2 million encounters, according to USBP data. Encounter data includes USBP title 8 detentions, Office of Field Operations (OFO) title 8 inadmissible persons, and title 42 removals.

What is a tax riot?

A tax riot is when people refuse to pay taxes because they oppose either the government imposing the tax, a government policy, or the taxation itself.

There was a tax revolt in the late 1970s and early 1980s after high inflation led to higher property taxes and an increase in the income tax bracket. Out of the tax riot came California’s Proposition 13.

In June 1978, California voters approved an amendment to the California Constitution to incorporate the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxes, or Proposition 13. The amendment lowered property taxes and limited annual increases in assessed value to an inflationary factor.