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.

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  • 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….

  • MikeSopes
  • 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.

  • http://none tommy mc donnell

    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.