CSSA Legislative Alert
Preserving Prop 13 and Making it Difficult to Raise Local Taxes
According to the Secretary of State’s office, nine measures have qualified for the 2024 ballot thus far. Among them is “The Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act”, which seeks to raise the threshold for passing new state and local taxes by requiring voters to approve any increase passed by the Legislature. It would also impose a two-thirds vote requirement on local taxes. This initiative is backed by a coalition led by the California Business Roundtable – and supported by CSSA.
Assembly Democrats Push Back Against Business-Supported Tax Reform Initiative
Seemingly in response to the Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act, a constitutional amendment has been introduced by Assemblymember Chris Ward (D-San Diego) and coauthored by Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas (D-Hollister). The measure, ACA 13, titled the “Protect and Retain the Majority Vote Act”, would require any statewide initiative seeking to increase a vote threshold to also be approved by the same higher threshold it is proposing. Thus, under ACA 13, the business coalition’s initiative would need to pass by at least a two-thirds vote of the electorate.
SEIU California, a labor group that opposes the Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act reform initiative, has already offered support for the constitutional amendment, ACA 13.
Several coalition organizations that CSSA supports are requesting your assistance: