Californians Against Higher Taxes
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

Incidental Revenue Under Cap and Trade: State Agency Seeks Power to Impose Hidden Taxes and Regulate Consumer Choices

The Legislature adjourned its 2015 regular session with nearly $1 billion in surplus revenue from a greenhouse gas “Cap-and-Trade” program. This unexpected revenue came largely as a result of applying Cap-and-Trade to transportation fuels, which has driven up gas prices, and is expected to grow for at least the next five years. The Legislature has focused on how to spend the revenue without questioning where the money is coming from. However, controversy has surfaced over the legitimacy of this revenue source. Read the facts  HERE.

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


Despite California's surging state revenues and a multi-billion dollar budget surplus, politicians STILL want to raise our taxes Read more here and then JOIN OUR COALITION and tell Sacramento to get out of our pockets.


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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.


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Tax Facts

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

  • Californians pay the highest sales and income taxes and among the highest gas taxes in the nation. In addition, California’s business tax climate ranks of 48 out of 50, according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.
  • In the 2015-2016 legislative session, California lawmakers proposed tax and fee increases totaling to more than $132 billion per year, according to a report by the California Taxpayers Association (as of June 2015).
  • Plus, special interests in Sacramento are considering several potential tax-raising ballot initiatives for the November 2016 election, including: an oil severance tax, a tobacco tax, a tax on services and a “split roll” property tax.

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!
  • 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.

  • According the California Budget and Policy Center , California’s low income families pay the largest share of their incomes in state and local taxes.  California families with an average annual income of $13,900 spend an estimated 10.5% of their income on state and local taxes, in comparison to 8.7% for the wealthiest 1% of families with an estimated income of $2 million.
  • Higher sales taxes, property taxes, and adding a sales tax on services and an oil severance tax 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.