More Than $269 Billion in Tax and Fee Measures Await Action by Lawmakers, Report Shows

Higher taxes and fees totaling more than $269 billion a year have been proposed and are awaiting action by state lawmakers, according to new research published by the California Tax Foundation. The dollar amount identified in Tax Watch: Major Taxes and Fees Introduced in the California Legislature would more than double the amount of state taxes and fees already paid by taxpayers. The report notes that these increases are being proposed at a time when the state expects to have a budget reserve of $13.5 billion.

The 33 bills and constitutional amendments included in the report were introduced in 2017 and remain active this year, or were proposed between January 1 and March 2.

The proposals carrying the highest costs for taxpayers:

The California Tax Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit research organization founded by the California Taxpayers Association in 1980. The foundation has published Tax Watch annually since 2013, and updates figures throughout the year.


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