SACRAMENTO – Today Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, received a 100% perfect score from the California Taxpayers Association (CalTax), the state’s oldest watchdog group on tax and other public finance issues.Among the legislation that CalTax included in their 2012 Legislative Score Card were the following anti-taxpayer bills:
· Higher Local Sales Taxes to Grow Government: Assembly Bill 1446 extends a half cent sales tax for transportation in Los Angeles County until 2069. This bill adds yet another tax burden on Californians. (Signed by Governor Brown on 9/30/12).
· Cap-and-Trade Tax Increase on Job Creators: Assembly Bill 1532 establishes a wide framework for spending cap-and-trade auctions revenues. These revenues will be a direct result of $146 billion in new taxes levied on employers in California. (Signed by Governor Brown on 9/30/12).
Assemblyman Hagman also co-authored Assembly Bill 1506, which would have repealed an illegal and unfair tax on rural residents in areas where the State is responsible for fire protection. This unfair fire tax creates no new fire protection services.
In 2011, Assemblyman Curt Hagman joined fellow Republicans to fight yet another costly tax increase proposed by Governor Brown and Sacramento Democrats. As a result of his leadership, California families saw an average tax relief of $1,000.
California is currently ranked 47th in the nation for its poor business climate and has the nation’s highest sales tax at 7.25 percent, second highest gas tax at 67 cents per gallon, and second highest income tax for top earners.
“Tax increases only add to California’s reputation as a hostile place to do business,” said Assemblyman Hagman. “I am committed to protecting the hard-working families and taxpayers of California by fighting high taxes and burdensome regulations that discourage job creation. I am proud to receive a perfect score on CalTax’s 2012 Legislative Score Card.”