California Votes to Raise Taxes… And a Super Majority in Senate to Raise More Taxes

Californians voted to increase taxes yesterday by passing Proposition 30. The measure raises taxes on the wealthy and hikes the state sales tax.

Democrats also gained a two-thirds majority in the California Senate, giving them the ability to pass tax increases and take other steps without the need for Republican votes.
CNN Money reported:

Californians approved a measure Tuesday that raises taxes on the wealthy and hikes the state sales tax. It is expected to bring in $6 billion a year, on average, over five years.

Proposition 30, which Governor Jerry Brown has lobbied heavily for, captured 54% of the vote. Its approval prevents massive budget cuts to the state’s public schools and universities.

Brown built the tax hike into his budget so its passage was critical. Among the hardest hit by the Great Recession, California has had to slash billions of dollars from its budget in recent years to close yawning deficits.

Taking a gamble, Brown went directly to the people with the tax measure this year after losing a battle with Republican lawmakers in 2011 to put the increase before voters.

The measure creates three new personal income tax brackets for rich residents and adds a quarter-cent to the sales tax. The higher tax rates, which hit single filers making $250,000 and up and married taxpayers earning at least $500,000, last for seven years, and push the top tax rate to 12.3% for filers earning $500,000 and above, or $1 million per couple.

The sales tax hike, which brings that levy to 7.5%, lasts for four years.

The tax increases cannot be changed or extended without voter approval.

Salon is very excited about the California results and sees great prosperity ahead for the Golden State.

Get news like this in your Facebook News Feed,
Gateway Pundit

Commenting Policy

Please adhere to our commenting policy to avoid being banned. As a privately owned website, we reserve the right to remove any comment and ban any user at any time.

Comments that contain spam, advertising, vulgarity, threats of violence, racism, anti-Semitism, or personal or abusive attacks on other users may be removed and result in a ban.

Facebook Comments

Disqus Comments

  • bg


    that’s going to be hell of a costly earthquake..


  • ar05075

    And if Mexifornia doesn’t collapse the system, Obowma has PR waiting in the halls..!!

  • Where’s the MF money Jon?

    Good for them. Raise those taxes baby! Higher and higher! No worries.
    Brown has a plan! Obama has a plan! It is all theirs. California wanted it. They got it.

  • BurmaShave

    “It is expected to bring in $6 billion a year, on average, over five years.”

    I imagine over five years the new tax will bring in less than 15 billion, and contribute to diminishing California’s economy.

  • Freddy

    Witness the true power of a single party state with the public sector labor unions controlling EVERY politician!

  • BurmaShave

    “The sales tax hike, which brings that levy to 7.5%, lasts for four years.”

    After which it will probably become permanent.

  • Male Silverback

    The problem with California is that when the heat is on the liberals leave to places like WA state and possibly TX and they bring their liberal ideas with them.

  • Llarry

    As a Californian, I can proudly say that my state holds the honor of housing the stupidest voters in the nation.

    The governor admitted that he lied when he said the money raised would go to the schools; the proposition itself said the money would go into the general fund.

    But people saw the TV commercials full of sad kiddies and said, “Those bad rich people need to pay their fair share!”

    Capital is mobile, beeyotches. Soon I’ll have enough to leave this cesspool, and then the illegals and West Side liberals can have it.

    I feel sorry for the rest of the nation, because Californians bring their insane voting habits with them wherever they go, fleeing that which they created and then creating it all over again in the new place where they settle down.

    Californian liberals should be quarantined.

  • Patty

    The American flag at the Follansbee McDonald’s is flying at half-staff and upside down today. Someone at the restaurant told one of our reporters this was “the owner’s decision.” What are your thoughts?

  • FurryGuy

    #7 November 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm
    Male Silverback commented:

    WA starting becoming Californicated back in the 1970’s. The Welfare State parasites are close to finding a new host to infest soon.

  • Patty
  • There is violence ahead my friends.

  • Sasja

    How much of a tax break do those in the entertainment industry get in California? Will they be affected by this tax hike or will they get a pass like they do with federal taxes?

  • Pingback: California Votes to Raise Taxes… And a Super Majority in Senate to Raise More Taxes | PolitifreakPolitifreak()

  • Patty

    Steven Greenhut: Who’s leaving the state, and why (re California)

    California is high on the list of states when it comes to the burden of other taxes and regulations, and its wasteful public services are not reformable because of union power.

    Business owners talk not just about the costs, but about harassment by myriad government tax and regulatory agencies that often treat them like criminals. Freedom is on the decline as government gains more authority to micromanage virtually everything. Just check out the kind of bills the governor is now signing into law. (I love Steve Breen’s cartoon, which says, “If you’re a Californian and want to start a small business, there are a number of different routes you could take,” as it depicts the various Interstate highways leading to other states.)

    Yet, Brown insists that California is still “the land of dreams.” And some academics say the talk about an exodus of Californians to other states is not true. In May, University of Southern California professor Dowell Myers argued that we shouldn’t believe “the tales of gloom. Californians aren’t fleeing.” The main problem, he wrote, is Californians don’t spend enough public money on schools.

    This is where I want to bang my head against the wall. There have been some reductions in per-pupil public school spending since 2008, given California’s budget problems. But these reductions come after massive spending increases in preceding years. Also, Prop. 98 mandates that 40 percent of the general fund goes to K-14 education.

    Schooling is so important, yet California’s leaders have been resistant to imposing the real reforms that will improve schools through competition and teacher testing – ideas that run afoul of the powerful California Teachers Association.

    Despite these delusions, productive people are leaving and they will do so more rapidly if this “just tax and spend more” advice is followed.

    READ ON.

  • Patty


    Christie: I campaigned harder than anyone for Romney

    😆 if I recall he never mentioned Romney but maybe once in the Convention speech.

    Don’t trust Cristie any longer.

  • Joanne

    Tax the living crap out of those guys – serves them all right. Put the screws to them baby!

  • FurryGuy

    #16 November 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm
    Patty commented:

    Don’t trust Cristie any longer.

    I never really did, especially didn’t after Ann Coulter started her very vocal crusade to get him to run for president.

  • bg
  • Mitch Rapp

    The skids are greased in Ca and In the Fed Gov’t – Gross Failure is now much closer

  • retired military

    “Hey Brain why are all the rich folks leaving California?”

    “Gee Blinky I have no idea”

  • donh

    So the power blue states get to spend without any restraints what so ever , and have their bonds monetized by Big Easy Bernakie. What kind of deals were made by Obama with all the blue battleground states to spend, spend, spend, and not worry about debts ? The problems we face are a much larger collusion of corruption to be pinning all on Obama. 2-3 generations of drug abuse coming home to roost. This is going to fracture the country.

  • gastorgrab

    California will keep pushing to the point of collapse and then the federal government (the other 49 states) will step in to bail them out. In the end there will be no realistic limit on the amount of entitlements that California can promise because someone else will be paying the bill.

    This will be the future of all states. The electorate will diverge into an ‘entitled’ (victim) class and an ‘oppressor’ class, and a vastly different set of rights will distinguish the two. There will be no common law that every American is bound to. All rights will depend on a person’s allegiance to the ruling party in government.

    This is the point of wealth redistribution. A society of Lords and Serfs is a ‘Multicultural’ society. Separate rules for separate people is never ‘equal’.

  • chris

    I was born & raised in the Midwest & then in 1995 (@ 34yo) I moved to Southern California & then 5 years later moved back to the Midwest.
    When I left California in 2000, I thought that in 2012/2013 I would heading back there after my youngest son graduated.

    I’m glad I bailed in 2000! I’ll never live there again! Visit Yes, Live there NO!

  • Winston Wolfe

    Let them all rot. They deserve it.

  • attagirl

    Let’s be real. The people that voted to raise taxes, probably do not pay any income tax. They receive ‘earned income.’ They are quick to raise income taxes on ‘others.’ They believe the increase in the sales tax is ‘temporary.’ Since when are any increases ‘temporary? ‘ How foolish.
    Those that voted to raise their taxes, are suckered into believing the money will go to ‘the children,’
    for education, for schools. It will go into the general fund, and be siphoned off to give to……………
    Oh well. So what else is new?

  • molloaggie

    Not a completely bad thing. The more they tax themselves, the less we have to bail them out. I predict the federal government probably will. We already tossed money at banks, insurance agencies, car companies, and the stimulus so there’s no logical reason we deny California. They’ll all just promise to pay it back.

    I really don’t understand how they’re staying afloat right now anyway.

  • olm

    Being in Oregon I’ve heard alot about the tax increase in CA today. I didn’t realize it was a tax the rich deal.
    This won’t raise revenue. What idiots.
    Wow, an awful lot of money spent on this election and not a damn thing changed. Well, except the population of red states.

  • lainer51

    once taxes are raised, they NEVER go back down… Barnum and Bailey said it best — “A sucker is born every minute”; in this case, millions were born that same minute! Lotsa luck with that temporary tax hike….

  • flyover

    Yay! More movies and tv work in the midwest! Woot!

  • Blueviolets

    I feel a mass migration coming out of California when the tax takes affect. The only ones staying will be the Hollywood crowd, the illegal immigrants and the citizen welfare group.

  • bobdog

    If nothing else, it will do wonders for traffic levels on California freeways. Looks like they finally found a way to ease traffic congestion.

    Next stop, an Exit Tax on businesses leaving the state. Just like pre-war Germany.

  • BridgetGB

    Not only do the stupidest voters take up space in the Golden state, but also the greediest and possibly the least informed. I swear moon beam just gets more nuts as the months pass. While we’re stuck here for a few years until we’re in a position to sell a business, we will be getting the hell out of here the moment we can disentangle ourselves. Morons, idiots and hollywood asshats.

  • all wealth belongs to the politicans, isn’t socialism wonderful. oh the fairness of it.

  • bg


    November 7, 2012

    Obama Administration Facing Massive Federal Lawsuit

    [A lawsuit seeking the return of $43 trillion (with a “t”) and an audit
    of all the TARP programs by an independent receiver has been filed
    against senior members of the Obama Administration and the New
    York group known as the “Banksters”.


    The Plaintiffs have established the location of the $43 trillion
    of laundered money in a criminal racketeering enterprise
    participated in by the following individuals:

    Eric Holder

    Tony West

    Kamala Harris

    Jon Corzine

    Robert Rubin

    Timothy Geitner

    Vikram Pandit

    Valerie Jarrett

    Anita Dunn

    Robert Bauer

    The lawsuit alleges that the Obama Administration actively borrowed
    money from these “Banksters” to fund his political campaign in this
    2012 Election and has not pursued any criminal charges against them.]


    now you know why they need to bilk US out of a rof over our heads,
    clothes on our backs, and food the table as they live higher & higher
    as Leninists should.. 😡


  • Sasja

    Don’t be so ready to encourage those wanting to move from California. We’ve had a few settle here and they are still liberal. They came here for the lower cost of living and taxes, and jobs. What they do not recognize is the policies they support are what caused them to leave in the first place.

  • mg4us

    people who pay no taxes should have no say (or vote) in raising taxes. . .period!

  • RS

    Tax Hollywood. It’s the only place where people make millions for doing nothing.
    Take it all, they deserve it.

  • Blain

    Congrats! You reap what you sow. Hey Californians, you probably never heard this before but tax rates is not the same as tax revenues. I am sure when you still find yourself in a budget mess you will have no clue why it didn’t work. Tax rates will rise, the economy will worsen, unemployment will increase, more will be added to the welfare rolls, and the budget deficit will increase. How about four more years for Jerry Brown too!

    Call that payback for giving us Boxer, Feinstein, Waters, and Pelosi. Conservatives leave while you still can.

  • midusdew

    Eat your gmo’s you FI’s that voted not making them label it….

  • Pingback: California Votes to Raise Taxes… And a Super Majority in Senate to Raise More Taxes | Born Conservative()

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Not only do the stupidest voters take up space in the Golden state,…

    It’s easy to find them. Just go to any major metro area, such as the Bay Area, Los Angeles and its surroundings, and Sacramento. Most of the other locations in California are red, but these three are solidly blue and pretty much dominate the rest of the state to its detriment.

  • Granny

    #32 November 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm
    Blueviolets commented:

    I feel a mass migration coming out of California when the tax takes affect. The only ones staying will be the Hollywood crowd, the illegal immigrants and the citizen welfare group.

    Horrors NO! They bring their commie “education” and their kumbaya ideas with them.

  • Bob

    California has a large contingent of very rich folks who have been telling us that the rich need to pay their fair share. Now they can step up to the plate and demonstrate that commitment. Heck, the more they pay in taxes the fairer it will be and the happier they should be.

  • ahem

    The great unwashed who don’t pay any tax themselves voted to stick it to those who do.

    Who would ever have imagined?

    Prepare for suffering, morlocks.

  • Pingback: Things that make you go “Whoa”. | Random Nuclear Strikes()

  • Freddy

    ” The tax increases cannot be changed or extended without voter approval. ”

    This is not true. It requires 2/3 of the legislature or a majority of voters to implement new taxes.

    Look for new tax increases and ‘fees’ next year as it becomes clear that the latest increases are not bringing in enough revenue to feed the union pension funds. Those people are ~165 Billion short. (well, as best they can determine today)

  • Sparky

    Too much sun has addled their brains, or they are just that stupid!

  • Sue

    Brown lobbied to the college students and told them their fees would go up without passing this proposition. I heard students were 1/4 of the voters. Ironic that when they get out of college they won’t have any jobs.

  • James W

    Granny says:

    “Horrors NO! They bring their commie “education” and their kumbaya ideas with them.”

    Yep, even the so-called “conservatives”. There is no such thing as a genuine California conservative: the California GOP are absolutely worthless, and are more liberal than Democrats from the South and Midwest. They were perfectly happy to let the Democrats gerrymander themselves a permanent super-majority in the State legislature, in exchange for a few “safe” GOP seats. Feeding the crocodile…

    In all seriousness, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon should station NG troops at the state lines to prevent any more of those idiots from leaving. (California employers might be welcome elsewhere, maybe, but not any of their loony liberal employees).

  • Pingback: And Now We Watch California Really Destroy Itself « Tai-Chi Policy()

  • R G Moon

    How is this not taxation without representation? So you ask everyone if the rich should pay more taxes and we are suprised to find out that the majority of people think they should? Are the majority of people rich? I bet if you just counted the votes of the rich people that this would have failed. So lets look at it in another light. I do not think this should be a law but lets say that there was a proposal that said the black people should pay twice as much taxes as others. I bet that would be voted down but I bet that not one black person would have voted for it, but sadly there would have been some white people that would have. So should we give those white people a chance to even vote on such a outragious bill? There are way too many people who will just keep their hand out and vote for all the free handouts. Just as long as it does not effect them. What a crock this is. Again I ask how is this not taxation without representation? If you ask the rich people I bet they can make the argument that what they make and pay to others makes up most of the taxes collected. Yet the free loaders want more.