As the 2020 election nears, Californians are bracing for an onslaught of local and state tax increase proposals on everything from property to soda. Proponents are already selling these taxes as though they are the missing piece in the California Dream, while conveniently ignoring the people who are going to pay more: taxpayers, consumers and small businesses.
As part of this mix, Senator Bob Hertzberg is again advocating for adding sales tax to services, a fatally flawed fiscal policy that creates several harmful economic consequences for California. The fairy tale he is selling is that taxing services will reduce California’s notorious budget volatility and that the $11 billion a year in new taxes will somehow help the average California family.
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by john kabateck | NFIB state director in california
october 18, 2019