by Lou Binninger
As social media continues to sizzle with Measure K controversy one pro-tax combatant mocked that the argument is only about 1 cent on the dollar. He did not reveal that he is a CalPERS pension recipient and at the highest retirement rate.
Pro-tax people are often the last to donate to charitable causes (See book “Who Really Cares”). And, there is no law to prohibit people donating to the government to cover the unfunded pension deficit if they wish.
Actually all taxes amount to a few pennies on the dollar. The problem is that there are hundreds of them and most of the money is wasted via bad management and corruption. There is nothing like being nickel and dimed to death, right? At the end of each year those coins amount to thousands of dollars per person.
Depending on who is paying, when all taxes and fees are totaled it could come to 40%-70% or more of income. On top of that add California’s spiked prices for fuel and energy and the increased costs off products connected to these resources due to the state’s outrageous regulations. And how are those road repairs working for you anti-Prop 6 people?
For a driver traveling 12,000 miles per year and getting 30 miles per gallon, he is paying $456 more for gas in California compared to the national average. And now, a Yuba County resident purchasing a $30,000 vehicle will pay an added $300 compared to buying before April 1.
Here is a list of more than 90 taxes that some or all Californians pay; Air Transportation Taxes (just look at how much you were charged the last time you flew), Biodiesel Fuel Taxes, Building Permit Taxes, Business Registration Fees, Capital Gains Taxes, Cigarette Taxes, Court Fines (indirect taxes), Disposal Fees, Dog License Taxes, Drivers’ License Fees, Employer Health Insurance Mandate Tax, Employer Medicare Taxes, Employer Social Security Taxes, Environmental Fees, Estate Taxes, Excise Taxes On Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans, Federal Corporate Taxes, Federal Income Taxes, Federal Unemployment Taxes, Fishing License Taxes, Flush Taxes (yes, this actually exists in some areas), Food And Beverage License Fees, Franchise Business Taxes, Garbage Taxes, Gasoline Taxes, Gift Taxes, Gun Permits, Hazardous Material Disposal Fees, Highway Access Fees, Hotel Taxes, Hunting License Taxes, Import Taxes, Individual Health Insurance Mandate Taxes, Inheritance Taxes, Insect Control Hazardous Materials Licenses, Inspection Fees, Insurance Premium Taxes, Interstate User Diesel Fuel Taxes, Inventory Taxes, IRA Early Withdrawal Taxes, IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax), IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax), Library Taxes, License Plate Fees, Liquor Taxes, Local Corporate Taxes, Local Income Taxes, Local School Taxes, Local Unemployment Taxes, Luxury Taxes, Marriage License Taxes, Medicare Taxes, Medicare Tax Surcharge On High Earning Americans Under Obamacare, Obamacare Individual Mandate Excise Tax (if you don't buy "qualifying" health insurance under Obamacare you will have to pay an additional tax), Obamacare Surtax On Investment Income (a new 3.8% surtax on investment income), Parking Meters, Passport Fees, Professional Licenses And Fees (another form of taxation), Property Taxes, Real Estate Taxes, Recreational Vehicle Taxes, Registration Fees For New Businesses, Toll Booth Taxes, Sales Taxes, Self-Employment Taxes, Sewer & Water Taxes, School Taxes, Septic Permit Taxes, Service Charge Taxes, Social Security Taxes, Special Assessments For Road Repairs Or Construction, Sports Stadium Taxes, State Corporate Taxes, State Income Taxes, State Park Entrance Fees, State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA), Tanning Taxes (a new Obamacare tax on tanning services), Telephone 911 Service Taxes, Telephone Federal Excise Taxes, Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Taxes, Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Taxes, Telephone State And Local Taxes, Telephone Universal Access Taxes, The Alternative Minimum Tax, Tire Recycling Fees, Tire Taxes, Tolls (another form of taxation), Traffic Fines (indirect taxation), Use Taxes (Out of state purchases, etc.), Utility Taxes, Vehicle Registration Taxes, Waste Management Taxes, Water Rights Fees, Watercraft Registration & Licensing Fees, Well Permit Fees, Workers Compensation Taxes and Zoning Permit Fees.
Are you still up for more? The Governor wants to add another tax on drinking water. And in 2020 there will be a proposition to repeal Prop 13 tax limits on business real estate. If passed that will be the beginning of the end for residential real estate tax protection as well. Politicians are using a divide and conquer strategy, wooing homeowners to throw business property under the real estate tax bus. Losing property tax protection will make homes unaffordable for all but the uber-rich and drive more business out of state.
With 51 California cities and counties raising sales taxes on April 1 we have come a long way since 1913 when a vast majority of the population paid a personal income tax rate of 1 percent while the highest marginal tax rate was 7 percent. And there were very few of the taxes noted above. What changed? Socialism bred massive government growth.