Friday, March 28, 2008

New Tax Proposals

We've been hearing of proposals to raise taxes in California to cover supposed shortages in the budget. Here's a list of the top ten tax proposals the Democrats are making, according to Republican Assembly Caucus Leader, Mike Villines. Credit to Howard Rien, of the Humboldt Taxpayer's League for forwarding the info:

Here are the “Top 10” tax increases proposed by Democrats so far this year:

10. 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).

9. 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.

8. 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.

7. 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 still-unspecified level.

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Democrats have also proposed restoring the higher car tax imposed by former Governor Gray Davis and repealed by Governor Schwarzenegger upon taking office, a $6 billion tax increase.

6. Increasing the Gas Tax

Assembly Bill 9xxx (Nъсez) 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.

5. 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 state’s 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).

4. Closing 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.

3. 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.

2. Creating a New Tax on California Businesses
Speaker Nъсez 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.

1. Taking Away the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction
Democrats have proposed eliminating the state home mortgage interest deduction, also known as the homeowner’s 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.


Without commenting on the list in its entirety, #3, and variations of it that I've heard going around is one that strikes me as bizarre. Taxing hospitals to pay for health care? Seems to me many hospitals are having trouble staying afloat as it is yet we have some people that want to tax them to pay for people's health care. I don't get it. Seems to be a disconnect with reality there.

Which tax ideas do you favor or reject?


At 1:58 PM, Blogger Rose said...


If you give the legislators more money they will spend it all and then want more. They have to stop, They have to cut back. When they have plush years they have to stop spending like drunken sailors (no offense to drunken sailors), and put some away for the lean years, like we are seeing now.

They have seen ASTRONOMICAL increases in property taxes and gas taxes just by virtue of price increases. They should be rolling in money, and issuing refund checks.

My, God! An Ipod tax!?!

At 2:19 PM, Anonymous Andrew Bird said...

I reject the Republican president war-spending the nation into debtor's prison.

At 3:04 PM, Anonymous theo therme said...

to me, the only one that sounds reasonable is the itunes tax.

wasnt the most recent writer's strike due to a conflict over internet revenue? since the CD industry is dying, im not surprised in the least that everyone is trying to get their hands on revenue from internet media sales.

are we taxed when using other internet services such as anti-virus software, playing games, or using dating services? im not sure.....

At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Andrew. If the President had made good on the original promise that our nation would profit from the War, everything would have been much better.

At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does that have something to do with state taxes/spending?

At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Andrew Bird said...

How do you have a discussion about government taxes and spending without discussing the federal deficit and the debt the Bush administration has mired us in? It's the proverbial elephant in the room. You can't ignore it.

At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrew seems to have lost all perspective. Must be hanging around the HCDCC to much. Fred, I hope they go all the way and tax us with all ten plans. Remember taxation without representation? It might be the thing necessary for Calif. to finally kick these asholes in office out on the streets. When Cheesebro can get 117,000 dollars for nothing don't tell me they need more money. Maybe he's holding Andrews hand.

At 7:19 AM, Blogger Fred said...

8:39 wrote, "I hope they go all the way and tax us with all ten plans.".

Problem with that is even if you got what you wanted and the entire state legislature was replaced, the new taxes would remain with us for the rest of our lives.

At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No,the new guys would reverse the tax,do away with the waist in commissions,balance the books on time or get their asses kicked out to the street. It's time these powder puffs learn to work like the rest of us. You don't produce,you don't get payed. Don't give'em an inch.

At 5:09 PM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

I will repost a thought here that is more apropos now than when I originally posted on this blog a few years ago and is one item of advice given by a professor in a political science class many years ago: "When the water reaches the upper decks; follow the rats".


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