Californians Against Higher Taxes


Californians pay the highest gas tax, sales tax and income taxes in the nation and the state is routinely cited as one of the highest-taxes states in the nation. We are already paying $7 billion more in state taxes this year and the state has a $5 billion surplus.  Yet the Sacramento politicians continue to want more. We need to hold the politicians accountable and hold the line on more tax increases. ACT NOW

AB 69 (Perea) Will Delay Hidden Gas Tax


AB 69 would delay the inclusion of transportation fuels under the cap-and-trade system for one compliance period, or three years, while maintaining the current structure of the program. During the delay mandated by AB 69, California can take a leadership role in educating consumers why fuels are being included in the cap-and-trade program. The long term success of California’s emission reduction efforts are contingent on continued support from all Californians. If the State rushes into a program that is not fully vetted and discussed, it could result in significant dissent from the public and fundamentally undermine efforts to reduce emissions. READ MORE HERE

California’s Families are Threatened with Higher Costs at the Pump


California families are struggling. Our state taxes are already up $7 billion this year and the state has a $5 billion surplus. California families simply can't afford higher taxes or higher costs at the pump, which will also increase the costs of goods and services we use every day. California already has the highest gas taxes and the highest gas prices in the nation. Unfortunately, the California Air Resource Board has been working to implement a regulation that amounts to a new "hidden" gas tax on unsuspecting Californians! If the Legislature doesn't stop this proposal, in just a few months, we all could be paying at least 12¢ more per gallon at the pump - and possibly much more.   Read More Here   Write your legislators today and tell them that we need to delay implementation of this "hidden" gas tax regulation. Californians are not aware of this planned "hidden" tax and they deserve to understand it and what it means for their wallets so that they have time to adjust their budgets accordingly. 

Californians Pay Some of the Highest Taxes in the Nation - Sacramento Still Wants More


Despite $10 billion in new state spending on schools and a $5 billion budget surplus, politicians STILL want to raise our taxes Read more here and then SUBMIT A LETTER and tell Sacramento to get out of our pockets.

New $2 Billion Oil Tax (SB 1017) Hurts All Californians


SB 1017 (Evans) is a new $2 billion per year tax on oil production that ultimately will be paid by all Californians in higher energy costs and  increased costs for products we use every day. Everyone will pay more including small businesses, consumers and families. And the proceeds of this $2 billion annual tax will be earmarked for a special fund to be spent with little to no accountability to taxpayers. Read More  

Read Why Top Business and Tax Advocates Oppose SB 1017



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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
    • 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.


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Tax Facts

FACT: Californians Pay the HIGHEST Gas Tax, Sales Tax and Income TAXES in the Nation

Californians are paying $7 billion more in taxes this year, making this one of the highest-taxed states in the nation.

CAHT  CA Tax Rates and surplus - ICONS ONLYThe California Taxpayers Association and the Tax Foundation spell out the details on California’s high-tax status. In addition to paying the highest gas, sales and income taxes in the nation, many other taxes we pay are among the highest. Read more at CalTax

And, we’re paying these increased annual California state taxes on top of more than 70 local tax increases and bond measures approved in 2012 as well as increased taxes at the federal level.

FACT: School Funding Will Increase by $10 Billion and the State Will Still Have a $5 Billion Budget Surplus

Governor Brown’s proposed budget includes an increase of $10 billion for schools. In unveiling his proposal, Governor Brown said, “After years of drought and cutbacks and pink slips for the teachers, we’re finally being able to provide a substantial amount of new money for all the schools of California.” Read more at EdSource

At the same time, our state has a $5 billion budget surplus.

Read the Governor’s statement on the budget

FACT: Despite All This, Politicians STILL Want to Raise Our TaxesCAHT - Budget Surplus

The budget proposes “record-high” state spending and still leaves us with a $5 billion dollar surplus. In announcing his budget, Governor Brown called for spending restraint and specifically said he believes this is not the time for higher taxes.

Despite this, Legislative leaders wasted no time in calling for more spending. “Moments after Gov. Jerry Brown presented his $107 billion spending plan Thursday and urged the Legislature to help him hold the line on spending, Democratic lawmakers called for new spending on social programs.” Read more in the SF Chronicle

CAHT - Issues Page SB1017 and 1156According to the California Taxpayers Association, legislators proposed more than $11 billion in new taxes in 2013, most of which remain active threats in the 2014 legislative session. Here are just a few of the targeted taxes proposed:

  • AB 2014 (Ammiano) – dramatic increase in property tax by establishing a split roll property tax scheme – the first step in unraveling Prop. 13.
  • AB 1002 (Bloom)- Increases the Vehicle License Fee by $6.
  • SB 1017 (Evans)- Imposes a new tax on oil to create a brand new, unaccountable bureaucracy
  • SB 1156 (Steinberg) – A new carbon tax that would add 15 cents to a gallon of gas with additional increases in the future.
  • SB 700 (Wolk)- Creates a five-cent tax on single-use paper or plastic bags and will increase struggling Californians’ grocery bills.
  • SB 768 (De Leon)- Increases the tax on cigarettes by $2 per pack and a similar tax on other tobacco products, which will increase the black market demand for cigarettes, increase crime and hurt local businesses.

FACT: Raising Taxes Hurts the Economy, Drives Businesses Out of California
and Leads to Fewer Jobs

Tax Increase Bills - PlasticBag - FOR FACT SHEETAccording to a recent study, “The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council ranked California 50th in an extensive index measuring state policy measures on small business.” Read more at Fox and Hounds

Raising taxes again will only hurt California families and businesses; cost jobs and continue to stifle our economic recovery.

California taxes were just raised by $7 billion annually, the proposed state budget spends more than ever before and we still have a $5 billion surplus left over. This is not the time for Sacramento politicians to be raising taxes even higher.

Tax Increase Bills - Vehicle License FeeEnough 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 signing our No New Taxes Petition. To learn more about our efforts, please visit