More Than $10 Billion A Year In Higher Taxes And Fees Approved by Lawmakers And Governor in 2023

During the first year of the Legislature’s 2023-24 session, California lawmakers considered more than $203.5 billion in new taxes and fees, including a “wealth tax,” a government-run health care system that would require hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes, a tax on oil company earnings, a corporate tax increase that would make California’s rate the highest in the nation, and numerous fee increases. This figure includes all tax and fee legislation introduced from the beginning of the session through September 14, 2023, when both houses adjourned for the year

During the first year of the 2023-24 legislative session, lawmakers and the governor approved more than $10 billion in higher taxes and fees, increasing the cost of living for residents, the nonpartisan California Tax Foundation reported today.

The foundation’s Tax and Fee Report tallies 93 proposals with higher taxes or fees, including 46 that became law.

Of the 46 new laws that include taxes or fees, the 17 that can be quantified represent $10.42 billion in new costs to taxpayers. The 29 measures with unknown costs also will add to the tax and fee burden in the state.

The potential cost to taxpayers can be quantified for 58 of the 93 measures included in the report, for a cumulative total of $203.5 billion a year in additional taxes and fees if all were approved. Many of the measures remain alive as the Legislature prepares to launch the final year of the two-year session.

Taxes and fees enacted this year include an extension of a tax on managed care organizations estimated to increase taxes by $8.2 billion, a constitutional amendment that proposes to lower the vote threshold necessary to increase local taxes, and five bills that allow local governments to circumvent the transactions and use tax cap and impose higher sales taxes.

These proposals come at a time when many Californians worry about rising costs, and voters believe the state no longer will be affordable for future generations. According to a recent Public Policy Institute of California survey: “A record-high 71 percent of Californians think that when children today in California grow up, they will be worse off financially than their parents.” The taxes and fees increased in 2023 likely will add to California’s high cost of living.

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While working families and business owners are struggling to pay bills, and many people are exiting the state of California due to tax increases by state representatives, more bills for tax increases are being created. The newest is Assembly Bill 359 proposed to tax individuals and businesses for ten years after they leave the state of California. It is called an Exit Tax.
Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California is working hard to stop these tax hikes for Californians. According to an article posted on Reform California:

What California Politicians are Trying to Do:

California politicians are trying to confuse voters by placing two initiatives on the ballot that would both gut prop 13 and make it easier to raise state and local taxes, as well as increase your utility rates;
ACA-1 would gut Prop 13’s 2/3 vote requirement for new taxes by lowering it to 55%;
ACA-13 would gut Prop 13 by blocking the California Taxpayer Protection Initiative and eliminating the requirement that voters be allowed to vote on tax increases with honest ballot titles;

We MUST defeat both of these initiatives to save Prop 13 in 2024!

What the California Taxpayer Protection Initiative Does:

Requires a public vote on ALL state tax hikes – no exceptions like what happened with the recent gas and car tax hikes.
Requires that tax hikes achieve a two-thirds voter approval to pass – not a simple majority.
Repeals dozens of costly tax hikes that were imposed any time after January 2022.
Ends the ability of politicians to put deceptive titles on the ballot that fail to disclose a measure contains a hidden tax hike.
Tightens the definition of a “tax” to eliminate the ability of politicians to call something a mere “fee” to avoid voter approval.
Prohibits state politicians from raising your electric and gas utility rates through illegal taxes and fees.

Tax Hikes We Are Fighting:
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