2015 Fix California Challenge

Tax and Fee Inclusive Pricing

Have you ever gone to a store for a large shopping trip, and your total was higher that you thought it should be? Then you look at your receipt and realize the taxes and fees that were added on were higher that you were expecting? From Sales Taxes, Redemption Value fees, and a host of other taxes and fees -depending on what you are buying- the “sticker price” is almost never the price you actually pay. Why Not? ...more »

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TAX THE ROBOTS

Every time a robot comes online another job is lost. But remember-- jobs are a means to an end not an end in themselves. As tech progresses fewer people will be needed to complete tasks -- to "do jobs." Already it has been predicted that the job of a radiologist will be replaced by computers. The computers can do it better. There are a million Americans employed now as drivers. Self driving cars will eliminate those 1,000,000 ...more »

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Collect Property Taxes from All Property Owners.

There is no reason churches--including synagogues and mosques, non-profit organizations, or any such corporation should be exempt from paying property taxes to fund the police and firefighters who protect their property and persons. Uncollected property taxes, since they are local taxes, can be used to fund better schools, and to maintain, if not improve basic infrastructure such as treating sewage and patching potholes. ...more »

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Slash Income Tax & Raise Prop. Tax on Hoarders of Multiple Homes

Businesses suffer from high taxes and leave California But CA real estate keeps climbing with ever-increasing demand: Rich overseas investors keep hoarding multiple homes using all-cash offers which kill first-time home buyers. This proposal is revenue-neutral: Raise property taxes on secondary rental/investment homes - & lower business taxes to keep them from leaving (by the same tax amounts for no net loss or gain). ...more »

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Change the Tax System

Eliminate the Income Tax. (Eliminate the FTB and the need for us to share our personal info with the state: where we live, how much we make, where we make it, where we save/invest it, who lives with us, who we contribute money to. Also, eliminate the legislative pandering to demographic or corporate interests). Property Tax stays in the County/City/Special District. Sales Tax is to run the state. Everyone pays Sales ...more »

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Each gets to decide how their first $5 of income taxes is spent

Californians that pay income taxes should at least have a say in how the state spends a token part of it. Just like the presidential-election box on the 1040 tax form: on the CA tax forms, there'll be an optional box where you can write in a 4 digit-code which tells how you want the state to spend the first $5 of your income tax payment. Concerned about debt reduction? Yes! write in the code for that. Want better ...more »

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Corporate Fair Share

For-profit enterprises immorally demand concessions from citizens and municipal leaders in exchange for their business, which maybe defined as extortion. Rather than support the quick profit, insist that all for-profit enterprises pay to support the infrastructures that they would use to underwrite their bottom line. This includes both physical infrastructure, like roads, human resources, like employees, and the non-fiduciary ...more »

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Fix Prop 13

The 14th Amendment of the Constitution guarantees Equal Protection under the law. Proposition 13 conflicts with this clause. If House A was bought in 1970 and House B of equal value was bought in 1980, the owner of House B will pay twice or more taxes than the owner of House A. This is a clear violation of the 14th Amendment. Fix No. 1: Pass a new proposition. Fix 2: An enlightened judge can rule the present implementation ...more »

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Property Taxes for schools stay local

Today all property taxes for schools flow to Sacramento who in turn allocates funds to school districts using it's opinion of how much goes where. My proposal is to get the State's hands off that money and have all school based property taxes remain in local hands. This will require the State to step in with other funds to assists those districts whose local funding is inadequate. The net effect of the idea is (1) ...more »

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Cashflow versus Income

To encourage investment in California, repeal the Corporate Income Tax and replace it with a tax that penalizes net cash removed from the state. This tax approach addresses the global nature of capital markets and keeps California form being mined of our cash like 3rd world countries were mined for minerals. We want business to invest in California and in jobs in the state. We can encourage this investment by removing ...more »

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Organ donors

What about a tax refund/break for people registering to become organ donors through the dmv. Wouldn't have to be much, maybe only a couple hundred bucks. But with some incentive maybe we can cut down on the waiting lists. My buddy has been waiting on a kidney for years. I understand the philosophy of not being able to sell organs but without any incentive for people we will always have a shortage of donors. This may help ...more »

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Replace Property Taxes with A Graduated Land Tax

Sustainable Growth should not mean endless bureaucratic paper trails. The simpler solution is to change incentive structures. Replace the property tax with a graduated land tax. Properties would be taxed only in relation to the amount of land they consume. As parcels get larger (or lower density), the base per square foot rate would increase (much as the graduated income tax structure does). Set rates evenly between ...more »

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