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From the Desk of Mary Ervin, CFRW President
Submitted by Jeanne Solnordal, Legislative Analyst
August 21, 2023
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During the first year of the 2023-24 session, California lawmakers considered increasing annual taxes and fees by more than $203.7 billion
The largest ask: SINGLE PAYER
AB 1690, as introduced, Kalra. Universal health care coverage
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to guarantee accessible, affordable, equitable, and high-quality health care for all Californians through a comprehensive universal single-payer health care program that benefits every resident of the state.
They are coming after your commute costs again
SENATE BILL – NO. 532 San Francisco Bay area toll increase
Existing law creates the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) as a regional agency in the 9-county San Francisco Bay area with comprehensive regional transportation planning and other related responsibilities. Existing law creates the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) as a separate entity governed by the same governing board as MTC and makes BATA responsible for the administration of toll revenues from the state-owned toll bridges in the San Francisco Bay area. Existing law requires the Department of Transportation to collect tolls on these state-owned toll bridges. Existing law requires those toll revenues to be deposited in the Bay Area Toll Account and requires BATA to control and maintain that account, as specified.
This bill would, until December 31, 2028, require BATA to increase the toll rate for vehicles for crossing the state-owned toll bridges in the San Francisco Bay area by $1.50, as adjusted for inflation. The bill would require the revenues collected from this toll to be deposited in the Bay Area Toll Account, would continuously appropriate moneys from this toll increase and other specified tolls, and would require moneys from this toll to be transferred to MTC for allocation to transit operators that provide service within the San Francisco Bay area and that are experiencing a financial shortfall, as specified. The bill would direct MTC to require each transit operator eligible to receive an allocation from the account to, on an annual basis, submit a 5-year projection of its operating needs, as specified.
To the extent this bill would mandate that MTC or a transit operator provide a new program or higher level of service, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
This bill, beginning July 1, 2024, would decrease the maximum amount of penalties that can be included in a schedule of toll evasion penalties for a toll evasion violation on a San Francisco Bay area state-owned toll bridge to instead be $5 for the notice of toll evasion violation and $10 for the notice of delinquent toll evasion violation, as specified.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
This change is estimated to require at least $167.8 million in tax increases.
Los Angeles County to be taxed for the homelessness
Existing law authorizes cities and counties, subject to certain limitations and approval requirements, to levy a transactions and use tax for general or specific purposes, in accordance with the procedures and requirements set forth in the Transactions and Use Tax Law, including a requirement that the combined rate of all taxes that may be imposed in accordance with that law in the county not exceed 2%. Existing local transactions and use tax law for the County of Los Angeles, known as Measure H, establishes a local tax at a rate of 0.25%, and the revenue from that tax is dedicated to addressing and preventing homelessness.
This bill would authorize the County of Los Angeles to impose a transactions and use tax at a rate of no more than 0.50% that, in combination with other transactions and use taxes, would exceed the above-described combined rate limit of 2%, if the county adopts an ordinance proposing the tax and the ordinance proposing the tax is approved by the voters, subject to applicable voter approval requirements. The bill would also require all revenue from the tax to be dedicated to addressing and preventing homelessness, as provided, and would require the local ordinance, upon approval by the electorate, to repeal Measure H. The bill would specify that a transactions and use tax established pursuant to its provisions would not be considered for purposes of the 2% combined rate limitation. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature that any transactions and use tax adopted pursuant to these provisions include robust oversight and accountability provisions. The bill would repeal this authorization on December 31, 2028, if an ordinance proposing the tax has not been approved by that date.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the County of Los Angeles.
This change is estimated to require at least $243 million in tax increases.
For a complete list see: Tax and Fee Report