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Billions in Higher Taxes and the Politicians Want More?

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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. ACT NOW.  


Unelected Bureaucrats Impose Billions of Dollars in Hidden Taxes on Energy

When the Legislature passed AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, it authorized the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to create regulations to reduce greenhouse gases.  But now CARB is not only restricting greenhouse gases but also taking billions of dollars from California businesses and consumers.  But CARB has a problem.  AB 32 had been passed by only a simple majority of legislators because it didn’t contain a tax increase, which would have required a 2/3 majority.  CARB is trying to justify its money grab by saying the 2/3 rule shouldn't apply to "revenue incidental to regulation."  And now the Legislature is treating $3 billion of this illegal tax money as a slush fund for their pet projects.  Under this unprecedented scheme, any unelected bureaucracy would be able to impose untold taxes on Californians simply by calling the tax "incidental" revenue.  Read the facts  HERE.  

Say NO to the illegal AB 32 tax!

Click here to send a letter to your legislators today and tell them to vote "NO" on proposals to spend cap-and-trade revenue that has not been passed by a two-thirds vote!


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Tax Facts

FACT: An unelected bureaucracy has imposed a multi-billion dollar tax without a two-thirds vote by the Legislature

  • The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is taking up to $45 billion from California businesses and consumers through its greenhouse gas “cap-and-trade” auction scheme.
  • This tax has increased gas prices by 11 cents a gallon, according to the Legislative Analyst’s report showing Californians are now paying $2 billion more each year in higher gas prices.
  • ARB’s hidden tax is also impacting jobs, wages, and other consumer prices throughout California, such as energy bills.
  • Politicians have already introduced 35 bills that would spend more than $7.5 billion of this “incidental” revenue on a medley of pet projects and special interests. And many of these expenses have little to nothing to do with reducing greenhouse gases, according to a report by the California Taxpayers Association.
  • Read more here


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

  • 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.
  • California’s business tax climate ranks 48 out of 50, according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.
  • Plus, special interests in Sacramento are considering several potential tax-raising ballot initiatives for the November 2016 election, including: a tobacco tax, a tax on services, and an extension on Proposition 30’s temporary income tax hike.


 FACT: California is seeing surging state revenues and a multi-billion dollar budget surplus.

  • Despite the recent surging state revenues and a multi-billion dollar surplus, Sacramento politicians in the Assembly and Senate are proposing billions more in tax increases! In the current Legislative session, California lawmakers have proposed tax and fee increases totaling to more than $132 billion per year, according to a report by the California Taxpayers Association.
  • California has enough money to pay all our bills and put money away in the rainy day fund.  Instead of raising taxes, politicians should prioritize spending and live within the state’s means just like California families do.
  • Read the Governor’s statement on the budget.


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.