PolitiFact California: Checking Claims On California's High Cost Of Living Chris Remington Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Politicians have long used claims about California’s high cost of living to further their own agendas. But does the state actually have the highest electricity, water and income taxes in the country as suggested by gubernatorial candidate John Cox? PolitiFact California editor Gregory Favre reviewed these claims. He explains them and discusses the role of fact checking in his decade’s long career in journalism.