Tag: California Taxes

California Field Poll: Millionaires Tax Out Polling Governor Jerry Brown’s Tax Increase Measure


Today’s California Field Poll has the California Federation of Teacher’s initiative (Millionaires Tax Initiative) leading California Governor Jerry Brown’s tax measure.

Scott Lay has the summary at the Nooner.

  • CFT/Millionaires: 63% Yes, 31% No, 6% Undecided
  • Governor’s Brown’s plan: 58% Yes, 36% No, 6% Undecided
  • Munger’s tax initiative: 45% Yes, 48% No, 7% Undecided

The California Field Poll is here (PDF).

While Gazillionaire Molly Munger is also pushing a tax increase ballot measure, it is at the bottom of the totem poll. But, she has pushed some more campaign cash towards qualifying her initiative – some $750,000.

Frankly, I hope all are funded and qualify for the ballot.

Let the teacher’s unions and other leftist causes, including public employee unions thoroughly confuse the California voters enough that all three measures fail. This will be the best scenario for the California economy anyway.


California Poll Watch: Rival Tax Increase Measures Blocking Jerry Brown


California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during the California Democrats State Convention Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, in San Diego

Yeah, those rival two tax increases have thrown a monkey wrench into the California Governor’s plans, a new poll shows.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s political aides on Wednesday continued a public campaign to convince rival tax proponents to back off, releasing a poll summary that showed that none of three proposed ballot measures will pass if they’re all before voters in November.

Both Brown’s temporary tax hike — a half-cent rise in the sales tax coupled with increased levies on higher earners — and a proposed tax increase on millionaires sponsored by some unions score more than 50% on the poll. Brown’s measure is at 53% while the millionaire’s tax polls at 55%, according to a statement from Sacramento-based pollster Jim Moore.

The third proposed tax hike, an across-the-board income tax hike to fund public education pushed by civil rights attorney Molly Munger, lags with only 31% support.

But if all three appear on the ballot, the release states, none cross the 50% threshold. Brown’s wins 43% support, the millionaire’s tax 42% and the income tax 17%.

The survey of 500 registered California voters has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

I have talked to many Democratic friends down in Los Angeles County and they are not voting for ANY tax increases.

Brown’s proposal is likely to fail anyway since after former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s many promises that increased or new taxes were temporary, they never seem to be.

By the way, I saw Arnold walking in Santa Monica on Sunday morning. I said good morning and he grumbled back the same.


Flap’s California Morning Collection: December 1, 2011


Baker, California (where I will be tomorrow on the way to Las Vegas, Nevada)

The California Legislature is not in session.

On to today’s headlines:

Campaign to repeal California death penalty nets nearly $1.2 million

A group seeking to ask California voters to repeal the death penalty has netted nearly $1.2 million in recent weeks to aid its drive to qualify for the 2012 ballot.

The contributions, made to a committee created to fund the proposed ballot measure, were reported this week in campaign finance filings posted on the secretary of state website.

Major donors listed in the report include several California branches of the American Civil Liberties Union ($41,770), Google executive Robert Alan Eustace ($125,000), Hyatt Development Corporation CEO Nicholas Pritzker ($500,000), and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings ($125,000).

Jerry Brown to pitch tax plan to voters

In the latest proposed fix for California’s fiscal crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to announce a multibillion-dollar tax initiative in the coming days, asking voters to raise levies on upper-income earners and increase the state’s sales tax by half a cent.

The levies would expire at the end of 2016, said sources with direct knowledge of the plan. The governor’s office has been fine-tuning the tax measure for weeks with its labor allies. It hopes to file language with the attorney general’s office as early as Friday so it can start gathering the signatures needed to place the measure on the November 2012 ballot.

The proposal comes as a host of groups race to qualify tax measures for next year’s ballot, all aimed at preventing deeper cuts to state services. Democrats hope the governor’s backing will help clear the field and avoid a tax glut on the November ballot.

After the state enacted an austere state budget this year, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office said California is likely to be $3.7 billion short of balancing its books in the current fiscal year. That probably will trigger a new round of reductions that could mean a shorter school year in some districts and millions of dollars slashed from public universities, child-care programs and services for the disabled. Even then, California could face a $13-billion shortfall in the next fiscal year, the analyst said.

Brown’s plan, developed in a series of closed-door meetings between his senior staff,  labor leaders and representatives of Democratic legislative leaders, would add an extra 1% tax on individual income above $250,000 a year. Individuals making between $300,000 and $500,000 would be taxed an additional 1.5% for that income. And those making more than $500,000 would see an additional 2% hike.

Those hikes, coupled with the sales tax increase, could raise about $7 billion.

The Crowding Field of 2012 Tax Initiatives

California voters have long had a reputation as anti-tax, a reputation that explains why so many proposals either fizzle before ever making it to the ballot… or are roundly rejected on Election Day.

But the November 2012 ballot appears poised to put that theory to the test, with an ever growing number of initiatives designed to raise revenues to pay for deficit-shrunk government services.

Two distinct proposals both popped up today, following the recent buzz over a $10 billion tax proposal crafted by a group of prominent Californians. And they proceed an expected revenue proposal from Governor Jerry Brown, one which everyone assumes will be unveiled in the very near future.

The first of the new initiatives filed with the Attorney General’s office for formal title and summary is a tax increase earmarked exclusively for K-12 schools. Its proponent is attorney Molly Munger, a Californian probably most notable for her financial pedigree. Her father, Charles Munger, is a longtime top associate of billionaire financier Warren Buffett; her brother, Charles Munger, Jr., is best known for bankrolling the two successful initiatives that wrested redistricting away from the Legislature.

California rapped for low spending on anti-smoking programs

California had one of the nation’s first state-financed anti-smoking programs, but it is now being criticized by a national health coalition for its relatively low level of spending.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says in a new nationwide report that California ranks 22nd in the nation by spending just 15.8 percent of what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends on smoking prevention.

The state’s spending on anti-tobacco programs, $70 million a year, is financed entirely by a special increase in cigarette taxes in 1999. The coalition is critical of California and other states for not spending more from a massive, multibillion-dollar national settlement of a lawsuit against tobacco companies. The state is now receiving $1.7 billion a year from that settlement but, like most other states, is using the money for general purposes.

The Tobacco-Free Kids group, a coalition of health and children’s advocacy groups, contends that 13.8 percent of California’s high school students smoke. However, smoking has plummeted in California in recent years to the second lowest level of any state, 12.8 percent of adults. Only Utah, at 9.8 percent, is lower.

The issue is likely to be rejoined next year because a measure has qualified for the June primary ballot that would increase California’s cigarette tax by $1 per pack to finance cancer research and anti-smoking programs.

Enjoy your morning!


The Nickel and Diming of California Taxpayers Continues


Now, the California Democrats in the Legislature are increasing fees for birth and death certificates.

Fees for birth and death certificates would rise under a proposed state law that cleared its final legislative hurdle late Thursday night.

The Assembly approved Senate amendments to the bill, 44-23, sending it to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Assembly Bill 1053, by Menlo Park Democratic Assemblyman Richard Gordon, would raise the base fee for birth and death records by $6 – consisting of $2 increments for three consecutive years, beginning in January 2012.

Most counties currently charge $9 for a certified copy of a fetal death record and $12 for a certified copy of a death record, according to an Assembly analysis of Gordon’s proposal.

Most counties current charge applicants — other than government agencies or adoption agencies — $16 for a certified copy of a birth certificate.

The Counties would receive 85 per cent of the increase with the State of California obtaining 15 per cent.

Here is the vote (52 Yes and 24 No).

California government is desperate for revenue and will nickel and dime the taxpayers until even more leave the state.