Assemblyman Anthony Adam’s office just emailed me a Republican-compiled top-10 worst Democratic tax increase proposals of this year. Looks like that $14 billion budget shortfall isn’t going to get reduced anytime soon.
- The iTunes Tax
Assembly Bill 1956 (Calderon) would require state tax officials to begin
imposing sales taxes on music, movies and software purchases made online,
such as on iTunes. Democrats have also talked about taxing all items
purchased on the Internet ($500 million tax increase).
- Taking Away the Home Mortgage
Democrats have proposed eliminating the state home mortgage interest
deduction, also known as the homeowners tax, which provides
significant tax savings for working families and helps many Californians
afford the expensive costs of home ownership. This would be a $5.3
billion tax hike.
So-Called Tax Loopholes
Democrats and others have pushed closing tax loopholes, which
is an effort to raise taxes on working Californians. These so-called loopholes
include taking away the senior citizen tax credit (a $255 million tax increase)
and reducing the child dependent tax credit ($2.4 billion) which will
hurt middle-class families.
- New Health Taxes
Democrats have proposed the largest tax increase on businesses in
state history, an $8 billion jobs tax, to pay for government-run health
care. In addition, Assembly Bill 2967 (Fuentes) would impose a new .06
percent tax on the gross operating costs of every California hospital, to
pay for new government health care programs.
- Creating a New Tax on California Businesses
Speaker Nez has talked about creating a new split-roll property tax
on California businesses, which would be a $3 to $7 billion tax increase
on businesses. This would lead to higher prices for consumers and the
threat of job losses.
- The Plastic Bag Tax
Assembly Bill 2829 (Davis) would impose a new plastic bag tax, at a
still-unspecified level, on the plastic bags used by grocery stores and
other retailers to package purchases.
- Making It Easier for Politicians
to Raise Taxes
Senate Constitutional Amendment 18 (Torlakson) would make it easier
for local politicians to raise taxes, by allowing educational finance
districts to impose special taxes by a majority vote.
- Increasing the Car Tax
Assembly Bill 2388 (Feuer) would raise the car tax based on the weight of
the vehicle and the amount of carbon dioxide emissions it emits, to a
Assembly Bill 2522 (Arambula) would authorize San Joaquin Valley air
quality officials to impose a new $30 car tax on local drivers, without a
vote of the people.
Assembly Bill 2638 (Coto) would impose a new sales tax on the sale of cars
in California that get less than 15 miles per gallon.
Senate Bill 1731 (Yee) would authorize San Francisco Bay Area
transportation officials to impose a higher car tax on local drivers,
without a vote of the people.
Democrats have also proposed restoring the higher car tax imposed by
former Governor Gray Davis and repealed by Governor Schwarzenegger upon
taking office, a $6 billion tax increase.
- Increasing the Gas Tax
Assembly Bill 9xxx (Nez) would impose a costly new
oil severance tax on the cost of oil production in California.
This will cause gas prices to soar new heights in California as this new tax
will be passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices at the pump.
Assembly Bill 2744 (Huffman) would authorize San
Francisco Bay Area transportation officials to impose a new gas tax, of as much
as 10 cents per gallon, to pay for new government spending.
Assembly Bill 2558 (Feuer) would authorize Los Angeles transportation officials
to impose one of two different taxes, subject to a majority vote, to address
climate change an increased gas tax as high as 3 percent, or an
increased car tax as high as $80.
- Raising Income Taxes
Assembly Bill 2372 (Coto) would impose a new 1 percent tax on Californians
earning more than $1 million per year, raising the states highest
income tax rate to 11.3 percent.
Assembly Bill 2897 (Hancock) would impose a new 10 percent tax rate for
individuals earning more than $136,115 every year ($272,230 for joint
filers) and a new 11 percent tax rate for individuals earning more than
$272,230 per year ($544,460 for joint filers).