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Californians pay the highest sales and income taxes and among the highest gas taxes in the nation. The Golden State is routinely cited as one of the highest-taxes states in the nation. Yet the Sacramento politicians continue to want more. We need to hold the politicians accountable and hold the line on more tax increases.                

Politicians Are Pushing to Raise $155 Billion a Year in Higher Taxes - So Far

California lawmakers proposed more taxes and fees in the first 4 months of the 2017-18 legislative session than in the entire previous 2-year session, according to the nonpartisan California Tax Foundation. If all of the tax and fee increases were enacted, the burden on taxpayers would increase more than $155 billion a year. Also, a number of high-profile "intent" bills would authorize massive spending increases causing increases in taxes by billions of dollars – but are not included in the report because they do not yet describe the specific tax provisions. The California Tax Foundation has published a report listing these new tax and fee proposals. You can read the full report HERE.


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FACT:  Politicians are pushing to raise $155 BILLION in higher taxes and fees

  • California lawmakers proposed more taxes and fees in the first 4 months of the 2017-18 legislative session than in the entire previous 2-year session.
  • If all of the tax and fee increases were enacted, the burden on taxpayers would grow by more than $155 billion a year.
  • That figure could grow even larger, since a number of other bills would authorize massive spending increases without citing a funding source – likely causing increases in taxes by billions of dollars.
  • Read more HERE.

FACT:  Politicians are trying to extend a MULTI-BILLION-DOLLAR TAX on energy

  • The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has been forcing companies to buy “allowances” to emit greenhouse gases, or go out of business.
  • This “auction” program has been misleadingly attached the state’s cap-and-trade program to fight climate change – even though the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst has pointed out no such auctions are necessary for cap-and-trade to work!
  • So far, the “auctions” have taken $3.4 billion from California businesses and consumers, and the money is being spent on special interest projects that don’t lower greenhouse gases. In fact, the Legislative Analyst found some of this spending may actually be increasing greenhouse gases.
  • California law says the auctions must expire by the year 2020. But the special interests are now pushing to delay that expiration to the year 2030, guaranteeing for themselves billions of dollars more, taken from California families.
  • Read more HERE. 


FACT: Politicians are trying to extend their climate tax, without admitting it’s a tax!

  • ARB is under legal scrutiny for taking billions of dollars from Californians without any authorization to levy a new tax. Authorization to levy a tax requires a two-thirds vote by the State Legislature, which ARB never received.
  • ARB and the tax proponents have been arguing that the multi-billion-dollar taking is not a tax, but rather an accidental “byproduct.” 
  • This “byproduct” has increased gas prices and electricity costs, especially impacting low-income Californians, so that politicians can spend billions on pork barrel projects – without any actual benefits for the public.
  • But, if this multi-billion-dollar taking isn’t a tax (as ARB is claiming), then why are the tax proponents NOW seeking a two-thirds vote to justify and continue it?
  • Read more HERE. 


FACT: California has some of the HIGHEST taxes in the nation and Sacramento still wants MORE!

  • With the passage of several tax measures on the November 2016 election ballot, Californians just saw their taxes grow by more than $10 billion annually – and this is on top of a tax burden that already ranked as one of the nation’s most severe.
  • Californians pay the highest sales tax at 7.5%. Cities and local governments can levy up to 2% in additional sales and use taxes – the national average sales tax is 5.95%.
  • The California gas tax is the 5th highest in the country at 59.02 cents per gallon, which includes the Federal Excise tax at 18.4 cents per gallon, the State Excise tax at 30 cents per gallon, and other state taxes/fees at 10.62 cents per gallon.
  • And yet the politicians still want more, proposing $155 billion in higher taxes and fees in just the first four months of the 2017-18 Legislative Session.
  • California’s business tax climate already ranks 48 out of 50, according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.


FACT: Higher taxes and fees hit the families who can least afford it the hardest.

  • In the 2014 Fiscal Year, California had the 4th highest State-Local Tax Burden as a share of State income at 11% (national average is 9.9%). California also ranked 4th in state individual income tax collection per capita according the Tax Foundation.
  • Higher sales taxes, increased costs for everyday goods and services due to cap-and-trade auctions, and adding a sales tax on services would disproportionately hit the families who can least afford it the hardest – just another reason to oppose higher taxes and fees!


Enough is Enough. It’s time to tell legislators to keep their hands out of our pockets!

Join us in telling the Legislature to keep its hands out of the pockets of hardworking Californians by joining our coalition.



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Who We Are

Californians Against Higher Taxes is a statewide coalition of more than 200 organizations and companies as well as more than 5,000 individual taxpayers. Together, we have been fighting to hold the line on taxes and instead, create more jobs by building a stronger economy. Members include the following:    


    • California Chamber of Commerce
    • California Taxpayers Association
    • National Federation of Independent Business - CA
    • Contra Costa Taxpayers Association
    • California Association of Independent Businesses
    • California Business Roundtable
    • California Retailers Association
    • California Grocers Association
    • California Retailers Association
    • San Diego Tax Fighters
    • Neighborhood Market Association
    • California Manufacturers and Technology Association
    • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
    • Kern County Taxpayers Association
    • Western States Petroleum Association
    • Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association
    • California Hotel and Lodging Association
    • California Independent Grocers Association
    • California Small Business Alliance
    • California Restaurant Association
    • Valley Taxpayers Coalition
    • California League of Food Processors
    • California Taxpayer Protection Committee
    • Orange County Taxpayers Association
    • Santa Barbara Taxpayers Association
    • Small Business Action Committee
    • United Californians for Tax Reform
    • Click here to download the full list.