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California leaning towards massive tax hike.


CofCC.org News Team

California already has some of the highest taxes in the nation to pay for it’s massive illegal alien population and socialist policies.

Also because of high taxes and easy access to an illegal work force, California probably leads the nation in off the books cash only businesses who are not paying taxes.

With businesses run out of the state, or simply not paying taxes, California now gets over half it’s revenue from state income tax alone.

Now California legislatures are poised to deal a crippling blow to taxpayers.

From MSNBC.com

The state of California is looking to its taxpayers to help solve its mammoth $42-billion budget problem.

Word is coming from Sacramento that lawmakers, at budget loggerheads for months now, are moving closer to a solution. But that solution may mean that living and driving in California is going to cost significantly more.

One idea being fueled in Sacto is a 12-cent per gallon tax hike on gasoline. For suffering drivers who have seen some relief at their neighborhood service station, this could mean another few dollars each time they fill-up.

And that is only the beginning. Lawmakers are also thinking of reaching into your pockets for more money every time you buy anything, by kicking up the state sales tax 1 percent. That would make the sales tax in Los Angeles County nearly 10 percent, among the highest in the country.

Add to that a hike in the state personal income tax, and a near doubling of the vehicle license fee to 1.5 percent of the value of your car, which could cost drivers hundreds more each time they have to register their car. Some analysts are saying this will mean the proposals would cost the average California family of four about a thousand bucks a year.

Doing the math on the purchase of a $20,000 car with a 20-gallon gas tank, you could expect to pay nearly $2,000 in sales tax, $300 more each time you register the car, and $2.40 more in taxes each time you turn that “E” on the dashboard to an “F.”

Tom Hudson of the California Taxpayer Protection Committee says, “this is the worst possible time to raise taxes on California taxpayers. We’re in the middle of a recession, possibly the worst recession in our lifetimes, and this is not the time to be raising taxes.”

Legislators are facing the possibility of massive state layoffs if they can’t agree on a budget. Democrats don’t want to anger labor unions by negotiating away overtime regulations and benefits, and Republicans aren’t too happy about tax increases.

And while the final budget is still being debated, it is certain whatever the final outcome, there will be a lot of unhappy Californians.

Note: California already has the highest base state sales tax rate in the entire country at a staggering 7.25%. This does not include up to 1.75% more added by each county. Four other states have a base rate of 7.0%. A one percent increase would put California not just in first place, but way in front of the pack.

Note: California has the second highest gas tax in the entire nation after New York. It is a staggering .353 cents. A .12 cent increase would give them a big lead over New York.

Update: Not mentioned in the MSNBC article. The proposed “budget framework” not only includes all these taxes, but $12 Billion is loans as well.