Join the Coalition to Fight New Taxes and Fees on Business

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, March 21, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

CMTA, Cal-Tax and the Chamber are leading a broad coalition to fight the imposition of taxes and fees on business to solvethe state budget crisis.

The coalition believes new business taxes and fees would further weaken an already fragile economy, cause more job losses and hamper the willingness and ability of business to make the investments necessary for economic recovery. This additional harm to the economy would paradoxically put downward pressure on state tax revenues, prolong the time it will take to climb out of the state's deep fiscal hole, and put more cost pressure on important government programs.

The sheer number and extent of the attempts to impose taxes and fees on business can be viewed at www.caltax.org. Included are new fees to backfill general fund cuts in programs, fees to grow government programs, new taxes, and so-called "Sinclair" fees to raise revenue that are like taxes, but avoid a 2/3 vote requirement.

Beyond opposing taxes and fees on business for the reasons stated above, the coalition urges that the solution to the budget crisis include efforts to stimulate the economy and reform government fiscal and management practices. Only the combination of fair tax policies, a growing economy and a well-managed government will solve the crisis for the long term.

To find out more or to join the coalition to receive email updates contact Loretta Macktal at lmacktal@cmta.net or call 916-498-3314.
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