Gov. Brown key to 2016 tax measures

Gov. Brown key to 2016 tax measures


Jerry Brown, Prop. 1 adWith the 2014 election finally over, attention is turned to possible tax measures on the 2016 ballot.

I previously wrote about groups looking to raise taxes on commercial property, oil extraction and cigarettes; and extending or making permanent 扑克 the income-tax piece of Proposition 30, which voters passed in 2012.

Marc Lifsher covered similar ground in the Los Angeles Times over the weekend. The Public Policy Institute of California released a poll last night that asked voters about some of the possible tax increases they could face on the ballot.

The key to which major tax measures will advance to the ballot very well could be Gov. Jerry Brown.

It may not seem unusual for proponents of tax increase proposals to want a popular, re-elected governor to support their agenda. However, the key to getting Brown on board is not so much for his endorsement but for his influence with certain powerful political players.

During the Prop. 30 campaign, Brown was effective in neutralizing opposition from the business community. While some business leaders grumbled about the tax, and the board of the state Chamber of Commerce had extensive debate over whether to oppose the measure, in the end the business community, particularly big business, generally withheld opposition to Prop. 30.

Supporters of proposed tax ballot measures would like to see the same script in 2016.


In the most recent election season, the governor emphasized the Prop. 30 taxes were temporary. He also warned against taking on Proposition 13 and its property-tax protections, which voters passed in 1978 during his first stint as governor.

While Prop. 13 was not tested in the new PPIC poll, Prop. 30’s extension received support from 52 percent of likely voters, while 43 percent were opposed.

Pro-tax advocates will have to convince the governor they have a winning measure. Then they will push for the governor to use his influence with the business community to hold fire on whichever measure – or measures – move forward.

This is particularly true with the major tax issues, less so with so-called sin taxes on proscribed goods or services, such as the tax on cigarettes.

There is also the issue of a major overhaul of the tax system that has support from some reformers.

Any group considering pushing a tax increase in 2016 will have to consider how the governor plans to use his influence on the issue.


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  1. Desmond
    Desmond 2 December, 2014, 18:29

    Cal needs a 5 percent tax on assessed value of all homes purchased before 2002. The tax will be for 10 years. I.E a 400000 dollar assessment would have a 20000 tax in year one; if the house held its value, 20000 in year two, etc..Funds would go to purchase housing for homeless, those who need a new beginning, New citizens or undocumented. This is a common sense tax to fix income inequality and make housing fair. It is assumed people will have to sell by the end of the 10 years. Prices will drop. An idea we can all endorse. Hopefully, a large percentage of those selling will.leave. there will be 25 percent exit tax on a value determined at border.To collect , airports, water ports, trains, and roads leaving the state will be staffed with new state employees(yes, nice pensions) that were just legalized.

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    • bob
      bob 2 December, 2014, 18:44

      Cal needs a 5 percent tax on assessed value of all homes purchased before 2002. The tax will be for 10 years. I.E a 400000 dollar assessment would have a 20000 tax in year one; if the house held its value, 20000 in year two, etc

      And I know Sawhorse and Doglass will be more than happy to pay their fair share of this tax for the houses they have been living in for the last 50 years.

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    • NTHEOC
      NTHEOC 2 December, 2014, 19:17

      Desmond, you have some really good ideas but I would go further with them. How about a 5% tax on homes 500k or less, 10% on homes above 500k up to 1 million, and 1 million plus need a 20% tax! I especially like your idea of funds going to help the homeless and those in need. There is no reason we should have corporate pigs living in 30 million dollar homes along our coast and have others living in poverty! Good job Desmond!!!!

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      • bob
        bob 3 December, 2014, 17:47

        Is that all you got, NTHEOC? You sound more like a dirty capitalist pig!

        Forget this 5% nonsense. The tax should be 200% and be due on April 15 of each year. That will drive the swine from their homes. Then we can give these homes to the homeless and undocumented! They deserve to live in mansions more than these filthy capitalists scum.

        And if that doesn’t work make Mugabe of Zimbabwe governor. He can drive the scum from their homes just the way he drove the white farmers off the land!

        Long live Mugabe!

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    • Alioops
      Alioops 28 February, 2015, 09:21

      This comment thread is beyond rediculous! You bleeding heart linerals are the demise of America!!!
      Why do you demonize Wealthy people and act as if each person should pay their way…earn their way and take personal responsibility for their individual lives???
      Liberalism IS a MENTAL Disorder!!

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 2 December, 2014, 18:44

    Whydoes CWD attract so many disturbed chroniclers of doom.

    This bizzare derge is contorted it doesn’t need the usual fair and balanced beat down!

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 2 December, 2014, 20:34

    No. Afraid another insane doomer is in our midst.

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  4. T Mind of Ted Your God
    T Mind of Ted Your God 2 December, 2014, 20:46

    It is a funny oddity that CWD does attract the trance like derge doomers….

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  5. Timberrrrrr......
    Timberrrrrr...... 2 December, 2014, 23:28

    Why not just keep the property tax rates the same but force everyone who owns a home in California that has a market value over $750,000 to shelter either one homeless family or one undocumented family and give free rent, free food, free medical, free transporation and free education at the skool of their choice? You know, from each according to his ability…to each according to his need? Heck, let’s just make it official and bring back the hammer and sickle! We’re almost there anyway! Wait until Babushka Hillary gets elected! It’ll be like 1917 all over again! 🙂

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  6. desmond
    desmond 3 December, 2014, 06:24

    Step 2. Increase the future assumed earnings rate for Calpers to 9.5%. Distribute excess to guarantee a living wage. Another common sense proposal for fairness.

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    • NTHEOC
      NTHEOC 3 December, 2014, 10:26

      Desmond, you are on the right track! It is time to close the wealth gap between those with tremendous amounts of wealth, and those with none. Equality for all should be a value we embrace. Look at Denmark, Denmark has a wide range of welfare benefits that they offer their citizens. Equality is considered the most important value in Denmark. Small businesses thrive, with over 70 percent of companies having 50 employees or less. How about Finland? Finland has one of the world’s best education systems, with no tuition fees and also giving free meals to their students. The literacy rate in Finland is 100 percent. Finland has one of the highest standards of living in the world. Like Denmark and other European countries, equality is considered one of the most important values in society. We are on the right path and need to continue taxing those with wealth until we can’t tax them anymore!!!!!

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  7. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 3 December, 2014, 07:44

    CWD is morphing into PRAVDA!

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  8. ricky65
    ricky65 3 December, 2014, 15:58

    Nice bit of trolling by the demonic Desmond. Looks like a few folks fell for it such as NTHEOC, a socialist dimwit for sure..

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    • bob
      bob 3 December, 2014, 16:19

      Desmond was assimilated by the Libtard Borg Collective that infests this blog.

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  9. desmond
    desmond 3 December, 2014, 18:27

    Heard some firefighters talking in coffee shop that their pensions were threatened by “80 year old judges” who keep collecting Pensions. Talk progressed to solving the issue on paramedic calls. They noticed I was listening and they started whispering. I gave them thumbs up when I left.

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  10. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 3 December, 2014, 18:40

    Talk progressed to solving the issue on paramedic
    Well that’s not a bad idea, upping the fees and billing your insurance company to the max!! I have also heard talk of billing your homeowners ins for the cost of responding units to your home. Another fee would be to bill your car insurance for traffic accidents that need a fire dept response! I guess Mabey you did hear some talk, after all we are always very inventive with our ideas!!!

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