(SACRAMENTO)—Beth Miller, spokesperson for Californians Against Higher Taxes (CAHT), issued the following statement in response to the California Tax Foundation’s Tax and Fee Report:
“California taxpayers are among the most heavily burdened in the nation. Yet, in the first months of the 2019-20 legislative session, Senate and Assembly members introduced 40 bills that would increase taxes and fees on Californians by more than $6.2 billion annually. And that doesn’t account for the multiple ‘spot’ bills awaiting substantive amendments, which stand to increase this figure even further.
“Governor Newsom has touted our state’s strong budget reserves, and referenced sound fiscal stewardship moving forward. This report demonstrates the Legislature’s stark departure from any path of fiscal restraint. We urge the governor to keep good on his call for fiscal responsibility and hold the Legislature to account.
“The governor and Legislature must exercise caution before passing exorbitant taxes that would further dissuade businesses and taxpayers to stay in our state. With a likely economic downturn looming on the horizon, we must prioritize economic growth above excessive and burdensome taxes.”
The California Tax Foundation was established by the California Taxpayers Association (CalTax) in 1980, and CalTax is a founding member of Californians Against Higher Taxes (CAHT).