“Prop 30” is trending in the darkness before dawn after Election Day. The “temporary” $6 billion tax hike measure in California imposes massive increases in sales tax and personal income tax. The initiative’s main provisions via Ballotpedia:

  • Raises California’s sales tax to 7.5% from 7.25%, a 3.45% percentage increase over current law. (Under the Brown Tax Hike, the sales tax would have increased to 7.75%)
  • Creates four high-income tax brackets for taxpayers with taxable incomes exceeding $250,000, $300,000, $500,000 and $1,000,000. This increased tax will be in effect for 7 years.
  • Imposes a 10.3% tax rate on taxable income over $250,000 but less than $300,000–a percentage increase of 10.6% over current policy of 9.3%. The 10.3% income tax rate is currently only paid by taxpayers with over $1,000,000 in taxable income.
  • Imposes an 11.3% tax rate on taxable income over $300,000 but less than $500,000–a percentage increase of 21.5% over current policy of 9.3%.
  • Imposes a 12.3% tax rate on taxable income over $500,000 up to $1,000,000–a percentage increase of 32.26% over current policy of 9.3%.
  • Imposes a 13.3% tax rate on taxable income over $1,000,000–a percentage increase of 29.13% over current “millionaires tax” policy of 10.3%.
  • If this proposition is passed in November, 2012, the income tax will apply retroactively to all income earned or received since the first of the year (1 January, 2012).
  • Based on California Franchise Tax Board data for 2009, the additional income tax is imposed on the top 3% of California taxpayers.

Many short-sighted Californians are cheering the taxpayer bailout of public universities and colleges on the backs of wealthy income earners and middle-class consumers:

Via BizFed’s founder and chairman:

While Brown paints a rosy picture of Prop. 30 simply asking the wealthiest Californians to “pay a little bit more,” he conveniently excludes the part about the quarter-cent sales tax increase. To the wealthy, a sales tax increase may be little more than an inconvenience. But to California families struggling to make ends meet in an environment where unemployment is well above the national average and the economy is still weak, a sales tax increase means higher bills for groceries, clothes and other necessities.

Proponents would like voters to believe that this initiative prevents billions in cuts, but in reality, no cuts are required in the first place. There is no language in Prop. 30 that forces lawmakers to cut a single penny from education.

If Sacramento politicians were serious about California’s future, they would finish the job of pension reform and end abuses of the state’s environmental quality act, which kills jobs without protecting the environment. These stalled reform efforts would help the state get its fiscal house in order so education could be a priority without Sacramento asking voters for a tax-increase bailout.

A yes vote on Prop. 30 simply feeds Sacramento’s addiction to spending without reform and says it’s OK to use our schools, community colleges and universities as pawns. Voting no says we need to clean up Sacramento and end this cynical strategy that holds our children hostage to misguided priorities. Let’s put California back on track. Vote no on Prop. 30.

Ignorance is bliss. The California taxpayer’s life is hell.

  • CalCon10

    So…13.3% tax on income of $1M+. That’s IN ADDITION TO Obama’s coming tax hikes. We’re talking an actual combined rate over 50% — and business owners would stay in CA…why?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

      They won’t.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

      They won’t.

    • http://twitter.com/MichelleDodson Michelle

      THEY WON’T! we are already taxed and regulated to death.This is the death knell for CA. business.HA,when they move out,there will be no one to Tax ..How is that going to work out for you CA ?You foolish, non-thinking,socialist promoting Californian’s that voted for this. Better rev up the welfare system because that is the only income that will be left! But never fear, I’m sure your President that you elected will come bail you out, just ask the SANDY victims how that works.

      • JustMonday

        I know you’re being sarcastic. I’ll just reinforce what you said by saying my opinion is that Obama, or whoever is running for president on the democratic ticket, will never do anything for CA because there’s no chance the 55 votes will go for the Republican candidate.

        • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

          Gives a pretty good argument for apportionment of Electoral votes by congressional district, I’d say. 2 electorals for statewide % win. Just saying. Considering the process of ‘electing’ the electors….

        • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

          Gives a pretty good argument for apportionment of Electoral votes by congressional district, I’d say. 2 electorals for statewide % win. Just saying. Considering the process of ‘electing’ the electors….

    • http://twitter.com/MichelleDodson Michelle

      THEY WON’T! we are already taxed and regulated to death.This is the death knell for CA. business.HA,when they move out,there will be no one to Tax ..How is that going to work out for you CA ?You foolish, non-thinking,socialist promoting Californian’s that voted for this. Better rev up the welfare system because that is the only income that will be left! But never fear, I’m sure your President that you elected will come bail you out, just ask the SANDY victims how that works.

    • Sinjun

      heh maybe they’ll want to move to North Carolina and i Can sell them the farm.. has waterfront >.> could be a good side to it.

  • http://blog.brownjacket.net ghunda

    “taxpayer bailout of public universities” is a statement that makes no sense as public universities are funded by tuition and… taxes.

  • Jhary Kenshura

    There is no sales tax on groceries.

    • konewt

      yet…

    • wbmccl

      There’s no sales tax on unprepared food groceries, but there is on a lot of non-food groceries. Still agree it’s a somewhat misleading statement to not clarify that.

    • CalCon10

      There is on OTC medications, though. Disgusting.

  • tomtom1983

    That’s what you greedy, racist, hate spewing liberals get. Have fun Cali, you were to dumb to realize you just sealed your bankrupt, job killing, self righteous asses to higher unemployment and massive, massive debt.

    Well, at the very least, we can have the glory of telling those dumb liberals…….”WE TOLD YOU SO!”. But they’ve made their beds, now be bankrupt and lay in it.

    I also can’t wait until these dumb liberals realize that Obama care is going to be unveiled as the monster it truly is. Premiums, cost and debt will explode. Jobs will plummet, medicare will be massively reduced and taxes on the middle class will crush them under its own weight.

    But hey, you liberals just didn’t have the proper comprehension needed to make an intelligent judgment.

    • http://twitter.com/ScottCllns Scott Collins

      So much rage… what do you do for a living tomtom?

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        I don’t hear rage.

  • nc

    And I thought the last four years were bad…

  • FreelovingJ

    Funny how tax hikes never go to the areas they say they’re going. I hope Californians get taxed to death. They deserve it.

  • G.K.M.

    I like how some of you are condemning the entire state based upon the behavior of the majority. Not all of us wanted this proposition to pass, not all of us are liberals. Some of us actually voted against this. Thanks for grouping all of us together just because we’re in the same state, though. Makes us non-liberal Californians feel like we’re welcome around these parts :(

    • TiLiNi

      No one is talking about you when they say “Californians”. It’s just used for convenience.

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        I know, liberals generally do paint conservatives with an extremely broad brush, and as a matter of course, since they do it, everyone else must do it too. It’s in the playbook.

        The raging libs that respond on this site very obviously don’t realize that we conservatives are responding to the specific material posted above, not the general public. That’s a distinction “select liberals”, shall we say, refuse to acknowledge.

    • Marcy Cook

      G.K.M. sorry if you feel lumped in. Believe me you are not. We understand, we know there are many more like you who had the brains the think this through. Thank you for fighting against impossible odds in California.

    • ceemack

      These out-of-staters should see the barrage of deceptive pro-Prop 30 ads funded by the public employee unions. We’ve got the same problem with low-information and government-dependent voters (i.e., Obama voters) as the rest of the country.

      You’d have never known from the bulk of the ads that there were any taxes involved…it was just to “save our schools”.

      Californians no longer run the state…the public employee unions do.

  • Marcy Cook

    Hey…this couldn’t happen to a better bunch of idiots. All those Eva Longaria’s and Cher’s are going to have to pay up. Then when Obama adds his taxes to California’s these idiots will be singing a different tune. And we need to watch this to make sure THEY PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. We WILL have the last laugh.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

      They hide their money. They won’t pay a thing. they also get lobbyists and get exemptions.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

      They hide their money. They won’t pay a thing. they also get lobbyists and get exemptions.

    • walterc

      They’ll probably hire Romney to help them shelter it. And think nothing of their hypocrisy.

  • HARP2

    California……..land of fruits and nuts.

  • Streetiebird

    Yay! As a California voter I’m glad 30 passed :) We can easily absorb the extra tax to pay for education. We’re working to pull ourselves out of debt, I know that drives the Repubs crazy.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

      No you can’t. Education isn’t going to see a dime of it. Your fees will go up, your loans will go up. Maybe you should learn to read the actual proposition before speaking. Econo9mics would be good as well. Goodbye jobs. Let’s see you absorb it then.

      • Streetiebird

        hahahaha cute one :) I can handle an extra $5 a month.

        • Texann

          When your tax base continues to shrink and you need a bailout because of your own state’s stupid economic tax policies and your ridiculous spending boondoggles like high speed rail to nowhere, funding stem cell research and green energy scams… Don’t ask the rest of us to bail you out! The problem with the Feds and with Californie is that you are addicted to spending and unions. Fine, you vote for this stuff okay but we should not have pay for your prolific waste. And we won’t.

          • Streetiebird

            And you won’t have to :) California is trying to pull itself up by its bootstraps, something Conservatives talk big about, but never actually would allow it to happen since they’re so dead-set against ANY type of tax increase, even one that would pay for the wars they start.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

            Pull herself up by bootstraps? You are an example of an idiotic Californian that is flat dangerous with your voting. Go ahead and stand in a bucket and lift up by the handle…see how far you get. California has had a mass exodus to it’s tax base and that will continue.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

      No you can’t. Education isn’t going to see a dime of it. Your fees will go up, your loans will go up. Maybe you should learn to read the actual proposition before speaking. Econo9mics would be good as well. Goodbye jobs. Let’s see you absorb it then.

    • retssgusa

      You’re the idiots who put yourself in debt! Why would that drive “repubs” crazy? You’re the morons.

      • Hello Jerry (D)

        He’s a Caliporn-ya resident. “Nuff said.

      • Streetiebird

        Let me simplify for you: Taxes drive Repubs crazy because they help us get out of debt.

        • retssgusa

          Let me simplify that for YOU. Taxes drive you deeper in debt. When taxes get high people have a tendency to take their money elsewhere so it won’t be taxed. But like uncle Joe biden says, you gotta spend more money to get out of debt.

          • Streetiebird

            LOL cool. Taxes drive you deeper in debt, I’ll remember that the next time Republicans start a war without trying to pay for it, it’s the TAXES that create the debt, not Republicans. Silly me :)

    • retssgusa

      You’re the idiots who put yourself in debt! Why would that drive “repubs” crazy? You’re the morons.

    • ceemack

      You’re glad? Really? We’re already paying some of the highest state taxes in the nation. I’m glad you’re sitting so pretty that you can easily absorb a tax increase.

      And the extra taxes on higher incomes will only increase the exodus of California’s entrepreneurial class (since you’re obviously a low-information voter, that means “people who make jobs will go bye-bye”).

      Perhaps you’ll be one of those who lose their jobs as a result.

      • Streetiebird

        LOL you’re cute :) Yes I’m glad! And you don’t have to be rich to absorb an extra $5 a month on a $2000 grocery bill do you? And you’re the low information voter if you think taxes effect whether millionaires come or go.

        • Liberal Hater

          With such logic, no wonder California is losing residents and businesses. Who the fuck do you tax when everyone who makes money leaves your liberal utopia? Tell you what, you like taxes so much pay extra. Just send checks to the government since it’s no big deal to a big spender like yourself…… LOL.. “you’re a fucking dumbass”

          • Streetiebird

            Except we added a quarter of a million new residents last year, making you wrong. And yes, I like taxes because that’s how we pay for things :) And I know you Cons like to correlate taxes with the population of millionaires, but it turns out there’s no substantial link there. In fact, the GOP recently tried to squash a report that says all tax reductions do is fuel income disparity, and do not really motivate the economy in a substantial way. Thanks for your kind words though, very classy.

        • Liberal Hater

          With such logic, no wonder California is losing residents and businesses. Who the fuck do you tax when everyone who makes money leaves your liberal utopia? Tell you what, you like taxes so much pay extra. Just send checks to the government since it’s no big deal to a big spender like yourself…… LOL.. “you’re a fucking dumbass”

    • Hello Jerry (D)

      Keep on digging that hole deeper and deeper Kalifornia!

      It’s pretty safe to say when you guys get out of debt will be when pigs fly…

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        They already fly… on Air Force One.

        • nc

          Zing!

    • Liberal Hater

      Put down the crackpipe asshole. Your state is bankrupt. I can’t wait until it fails.

      • Streetiebird

        Thanks for your concern. We are using a balanced approach to reducing our debt, I know that’s inconceivable to Repubs, but it’s actually a good way to do it.

        • Texann

          Hahahaha balanced approach! I bet there was not a single cut in any spending, you just voted for more spending and gave your legislature the permission to take it from you and your fellow citizens.

          Let me tell you something. Our family earns a good salary but everything we make we have to spend in this economy. Four years ago, had two drivers now our sons drive so quadruple insurance and since gas has doubled we pay quadruple the gas bill as well. Food prices have soared too. Add in college tuition. We don’t have spare cash laying around. We are bleeding from our hard earned savings trying to keep up. We have put off replacing any unnecessary items praying that Obama and his job and wages killing agenda would be voted out.

          We certainly can’t afford Obamacare. We will be paying at least $4k more per year because we will not be able to keep our high deductible plan. Thanks For lying Dems!

          Looks like hubby will have to take that overseas job in Russia to get us through. Held on as long as we could but since Obama was reelected looks like there is no chance for economic recovery any time soon.

          • Streetiebird

            Yeah, there was NO balance unless you count the $8 billion worth of spending reductions. Have a great day! :)

    • Liberal Hater

      Put down the crackpipe asshole. Your state is bankrupt. I can’t wait until it fails.

  • http://twitter.com/DaffodilTimes The Daffodil Times

    Boo-hoo rich people have to start paying real taxes like the rest of us. Get a life twitchers.

    • http://twitter.com/MichelleDodson Michelle

      Yes and YOU will be paying higher sales tax, and that Mom and Pop operation in your neighborhood will be forced to raise their prices to pay their higher taxes,then they will lay off your sister who is struggling to support her kids. Then that small company in your community that employs maybe 25 of your friends and family will close its doors and move to China! Brilliant thinking you have there..

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      Rich people already pay more taxes than I do. I don’t have investments to be taxed, so… I guess that blows a hole in your theory.

  • http://twitter.com/DaffodilTimes The Daffodil Times

    Boo-hoo rich people have to start paying real taxes like the rest of us. Get a life twitchers.

  • Guest

    More money for perks,pensions, lawsuits, teachers that molest, more dumb kids and parents,cops that fuk up, entitlement leaches. brown and lazy unions piss all over this state, that is why its called the golden state. this vote just further solidifies this states continued exodus and branding as a soon to be 3d world country.

  • Guest

    More money for perks,pensions, lawsuits, teachers that molest, more dumb kids and parents,cops that fuk up, entitlement leaches. brown and lazy unions piss all over this state, that is why its called the golden state. this vote just further solidifies this states continued exodus and branding as a soon to be 3d world country.

  • Ariadnea

    Those tax increases paid by the so called “rich” will then be passed on to consumers as increases in their bills, cost of goods and services, either that or lack of jobs as job creators will be moving out of their entitled state. The low informed voters just didn’t get it yet, that they would in the end pay for their misplaced envy!

  • Ariadnea

    Those tax increases paid by the so called “rich” will then be passed on to consumers as increases in their bills, cost of goods and services, either that or lack of jobs as job creators will be moving out of their entitled state. The low informed voters just didn’t get it yet, that they would in the end pay for their misplaced envy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dena.piraino Dena Piraino

    And now I will say goodbye to my brother. He’s leaving the country – seriously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dena.piraino Dena Piraino

    And now I will say goodbye to my brother. He’s leaving the country – seriously.

  • Michelle Blackwell

    Right. Companies are leaving CA in droves because to close a budget deficit and to try to keep public universities affordable the populace is subjected to a 0.25% sales tax increase and a small portion of the citizens will pay 3% more in state income tax. Oh no!!! So a $100,000 tax bill becomes a $103,000 tax bill! My goodness those poor people!

    More than 50% of Californians voted for it. I fail to see the outrage. They voted to tax themselves a miniscule amount more.

    • James Stabaum

      thats not quite right. they voted to tax others. the rich. if they wanted to tax themselves, they would have voted for prop 38

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      You must not have read the proposal… it’s not a .25% increase, stated above, it’s a 3.45% increase. Yes, and instead of paying $4.75 for a gallon of gas, they will be paying $5.00. Every 4 gallons is a dollar, and if you have a 12-gallon tank, that’s an additional $3 dollars per fill-up. $3.00 may not be a lot for an affluent person such as yourself, but for struggling families, that’s a meal for a family member.

      • Liberal Hater

        Math is hard to a fucking stupid liberal….

      • Liberal Hater

        Math is hard to a fucking stupid liberal….

  • http://twitter.com/mojack420 mojack420

    anyone that voted for prop 30 in ca is an idiot . they don’t look at the facts this is a tax and it starts today . just another way to bail out Sacramento and give them more money to piss off . Im also tired of the bs about helping out the schools they are all money pits. You want to go to collage well news flash you need to pay for it not me . If i could sell all my property i would move out of this state in a heart beat . You idiots want it you can have it

  • Iamwethepeople

    Reality is going to smack all liberals in the face so hard that they sh** themselves. I don’t wish that on them despite the fact that they need it…

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Hey, dumb students. Colleges aren’t going to get any relief. Union pensions are going to be paid with that money. Oh, and you will continue to support their lavish retirements well into old age, when you will be eligible for the Obama “Camps.”

  • radjahshelduck

    Let’s see. Tyler Perry’s sitcoms and movies. Steve Harvey’s syndicated radio program and his Family Feud game show. The Vampire Diaries. The Walking Dead.
    Don’t mind me; I’m just counting all the shows originating from here in Atlanta where the highest state income tax bracket is 6% I swear, if it was easy to do, Hollywood would entirely relocate in Atlanta and Wall Street would move all operations to Charlotte.

  • Hello Jerry (D)

    This is Kalifornia. This constitutes as “normal”…

  • Bea

    Land of the fruits, nuts and flakes. You get what you deserve. But that’s okay, I’m sure the Hollywood liberal elite 1%ers will be happy to donate more to the tax office to help you little people out. Just hold your breath until they do.

  • Bea

    Land of the fruits, nuts and flakes. You get what you deserve. But that’s okay, I’m sure the Hollywood liberal elite 1%ers will be happy to donate more to the tax office to help you little people out. Just hold your breath until they do.

  • nc

    If things weren’t bad enough, the brilliant voters of CA also voted in Dem super majorities in the CA State Senate and Assembly. So that means that they can do pretty much whatever they want.

    They sold Prop 30 as “for the children” of course. When the extra revenue disappears into union coffers and “the children” are no better off, they will eventually end Prop 13, the 30+ year old measure that protects homeowners from skyrocketing property taxes. If that goes millions of seniors will be forced to sell their homes.

    We haven’t begun to see the depth of destruction of yesterday’s vote.

  • Bob

    Welcome to the “Crack whore on a binge” Theory of Economics. Keep giving her drugs until she gets better. Oh, yeah. That’ll work.