Unions Are Behind California’s Latest Wealth Tax Proposal

By Edward Ring
If at first you don’t succeed, try again. This adage applies well to ideas for new ways to tax Californians. Every election cycle we see new ways to be taxed, and higher tax rates, but rarely will we see a tax get repealed. So it is that Assemblyman Alex Lee (D, San Jose) has introduced Assembly...

TAGS: California government unions, California public sector unions, California taxes, property taxes, tax increases

Voters Approve Over $3.0 Billion Per Year in New Local Taxes

By Edward Ring
When state ballot initiatives propose new taxes, it’s big news. But while every election features a handful of state tax and bond proposals that get statewide attention, additional hundreds of local state and bond proposals fly under the radar.  Fortunately, after each election cycle and once all the votes are certified – something that in...

TAGS: California tax increases, California taxes, tax increases, taxes

Government Unions Move to Extend "Temporary" Income Tax Increases

By Jon Coupal
A coalition of government employee unions has filed an initiative that would extend the temporary income tax hikes that were contained in Proposition 30 and approved by voters in 2012. If this seems like, in the immortal words of Yogi Berra, “déjà vu all over again,” it’s not your imagination. This is just the tax...

TAGS: California tax increases, government unions, HJTA, Jon Coupal, public employee unions, tax increases

​Is California a Low Property Tax State?​

By Jon Coupal
Editor’s Note:  When asking whether or not California is a low property tax state – it’s not, as taxpayer advocate Jon Coupal explains in this article – the parallel question is WHY, if property taxes are already high enough in California, are legislators trying to raise property taxes? Here is a list, courtesy of the Howard...

TAGS: Prop. 13, property taxes, tax increases