Tax day is April 15th and maybe you have to send your life savings to Uncle Sam to pay your taxes or maybe you are just short of cash until you get your big tax refund or maybe you’re just one of those people who love to beat the system and get free stuff. The truth is who needs a reason to love free food? Here are a few places that are giving a little relief on Tax Day, so go out and get some free stuff and make yourself forget about all those tax dollars.
I really wish the title of this post was just a flight of fantasy, but unfortunately it’s harsh reality. No other state in the U. S. gives this perk to their legislators. If you get elected to the legislature in California you get a state-issued vehicle (another perk not available in most other states), and a charge card for unlimited use that sticks taxpayers with the bill. Oh sure, it’s supposed to be “for legislative purposes”, but it doesn’t include a way to check to see if the use is for public business or private travel. The charge card can also be used for purchases such as snacks and drinks. So all a California legislator needs to do is pull up to the pump in their free car and swipe the card for a free fill-up, some corn nuts, and a large slurpee for the road, then the bill goes straighht to the taxpayer. I’m sure there are other perks to make up for it, but Governor Schwartzenegger doesn’t have one of these cards because the Highway Patrol provides transportation for the Governor’s Office.
This whole thing got stated about 50 years ago when gas and cars were cheap and state legislators didn’t get paid much for being elected officials. But now a California lawmaker has a salary of $116,208 a year plus $170 for daily expenses, and the Assembly Speaker and President Pro Tem get even more at $133,639. I understand that things cost more than they did 50 years ago and legislators need to make more money. My problem with this whole gas card thing is just that they don’t have to justify where and why they were required to travel and it’s just treated like free money. The other day when I told you about “Cheap Gas in Sacramento“, I said you could check the Sites To See in the right hand column of this website for a place to look for cheap gas but your state legislator doesn’t even need to worry about that, just “gas and go”! When I pull up to the pump and swipe my card I get a bill at the end of the month, so I don’t have to fill out an expense report or justify the dollars to anyone and that’s all I expect from our elected officials, pay it yourself or justify the expense.
Free Gas for Legislators
Here is a link to a website that lets you just enter your zip code to find out who is your legislator and how to contact them. I say let them know how you feel about all this free gas and free car stuff! Get fired up and call somebody!
I am also adding this link to Sites To See in the right hand column under Community Services as a permenant part of this website so you can come here any time to find information about your legislator.
Sacramento World Music Dance Festival
Sacramento really is a festive city…… the Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival is happening this weekend. This two-day event kicks off at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium on Saturday evening with a performance from 7:00PM to 10:00PM, featuring the region’s finest dance troupes and an appearance from Grammy-award-winning Native American Mary Youngblood. There will be lots of fancy footwork with native dances of Africa, China, Egypt, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Peru, the Phillippines, Scotland, Spain and Ukraine. Tickets to the evening showcase are $10 and $20 (click here for ticket purchase info).
On Sunday, September 21, from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Over 100 volunteers will transform Old Sacramento into a global village of dance, music and artistry. There will be free public shows and children’s theatre performances. Great fun for all ages and it’s free! So come on down to Old Sac and join the fun
Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival
Great News……..more “Free Stuff“!
Free Trees From SMUD
SMUD together with the Sacramento Tree Foundation has planted more than 400,000 trees in the Sacramento area since 1990. Pretty impressive numbers……that’s a lot of shade. SMUD says that shade trees can cut your summer energy bill by as much as 40 percent so that translates to a lot of dollars.
All you have to do to get your free shade tree is call Sacramento Tree Foundation at (916) 924-TREE, or if you just want more info about SMUD’s Sacramento Shade program call (888) 742-SMUD.
Some people might think I sound like a “tree hugger”, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Wasn’t it Will Rogers who said ” never met a tree I didn’t like” or was that “a man I didn’t like”? And there’s always that poem teachers all seem to like, “I think that I shall never see……a poem as lovely as a tree”. I never really got that, poems are not that fun anyway, and have you ever seen one that can hold up a tire swing? So “go green” and plant a tree……for free!
Tree Hugger courtesy of YouTube:
It’s still “staycation” time in Sacramento!!
Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento
“GOLD RUSH DAYS“ are here!
This weekend is Labor Day weekend and “Old Sac” is turning back the clock to the 1850’s. More than 800 tons of dirt will be dumped on the streets of Old Sacramento to give you that nitty-gritty feel of the old west. There will be people in costume, wild west gun fights, panning for gold and oooh so much more!
More good news……..”FREE STUFF“……..there’s no charge for admission!
See you at Old Sac!
Some people think you have to leave the state or at least go out of town to have a fun vacation. Even though the price of gas has gone down a few cents, I still think whoever thought up that new word “staycation” has a great idea. If you spend a little time exploring Sacramento I think you can find lots of entertaining things to do.
There’s still time to load the kids in the car and head over to Cal Expo for the California State Fair. It started August 15 but the gates won’t close for the final time in 2008 until September 1st (Labor Day). Cost for a ticket is only $10 unless you’re a senior (ages 62+) then it’s just $8. Hey that’s a great idea, get Grandma and Grandad to take the kids while you hit the golf course. It only costs $6 for ages 5 to 12 and kids under 4 are free.
Can’t beat a deal like that…..not many places you can find free stuff and have fun at the same time. There’s lots of specials too, if you come to the Fair on Monday or Thursday you can park for free if you come before 4:00PM. The State Fair has free concerts going on too with a wide variety of acts. The series started August 15th with Smash Mouth and has had some oldies as well as newcomers. Jessica Simpson was there Monday, she’s gone country you know. Even though it’s too late for Jess there’s stil lots of others to come. To get your free ticket just show up at the Golden 1 Stage at 4:00PM to recieve a concert wrist band.
Hey kids, if you read 3 books and fill out a read and ride form at Guest Services you can get 3 free carnival ride tickets!
And best of all, don’t forget the food! It wouldn’t be a real State Fair without a corn dog and some cotton candy. Why not go all out and have a Fried Twinkie??? What could be better lots of free stuff and junk food too! So have a great “Staycation” and I’ll see you at the fair!!