Partnership opposes AQMD sales tax bill, supports new state Commission on the Future of Work
IRWINDALE - As thousands of bills in the California State Legislature now await the decision of the Appropriations Committees to see if they will move forward, this week the Partnership decided to oppose a key tax bill, SB 732 by Senator Ben Allen, which authorizes the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to place a transition and use tax measure on the ballot in the four major urban counties of Southern California.
The Partnership also supported if amended SB 730 (Stern), which creates a new state commission on the future of work as well as supporting SB 714 (Umberg), a bill which allows the continued development of innovative, low-risk value-based arrangements between large employers and healthcare systems, hospitals and providers.
"Air quality is a critically important factor in the conditions of public health and the South Coast Air Quality Management District deserves credit for their ongoing efforts to improve our air," said Partnership President & CEO Bill Manis. "However, SB 732, if passed, would place a 0.25 percent transition and use tax on all sales in the four major SoCal counties.That tax, if approved by voters, would generate nearly half a billion dollars - three times the District's current operating budget - with no sunset on the tax and an option to incrementally increase it to 1 percent. That's a lot of cash - some $2 billion dollars at the full 1 percent tax - when the District has issued no spending plan, no list of projects, no analysis of the most effective technology incentive programs to pursue, and no clear administrative process for how the District will hold itself accountable for spending this immense pot of money let alone whether these funds will substantially improve our air quality in the region."
The Partnership has joined with key allies like the California Business Roundtable, California Taxpayers Association, California Business Properties Association, California Food Producers, the California Building and Owners Association, and the California Manufacturing and Technology Association to oppose SB 732. The bill is scheduled to be heard in Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, May 13th.
For more information, contact Partnership Director of Public Policy, Brad Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 856-3400.