In 2018, Americans will pay $3.4 trillion in federal taxes and $1.8 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total bill of $5.2 trillion, or 30 percent of the nation’s income. Americans will collectively spend more on taxes in 2018 than they will on food, clothing, and housing combined. Tax Freedom Day, which is the date that represents how long Americans as a whole have to work in order to pay the nation’s tax burden, fell this year on April 19, 2018. What this means is we spent 109 days this year working to pay the government, at all levels.
The situation in California is even worse! California’s top tier income tax rate is the highest in the nation at 13.3 percent, according to the Tax Foundation and the California Taxpayers Association. Per capita, Californians pay $1,991 annually in state income taxes, which ranks fourth highest in the country, according to the Tax Foundation.
What about the gas taxes we pay? Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a 12 cent-per-gallon increase in the state’s excise tax on gasoline, bringing the tax to 41.7 cents per gallon, or a 40 percent jump.
Clearly we are massively overtaxed here in California. But that is not stopping the Santa Ana Unified School District’s Governing Board from trying to raise our taxes yet again in the form of this November’s Measure I.
SAUSD School Board Trustee John Palacio has been in office for 20 years and in that time he has personally raised our taxes by a whopping $720 million dollars. He wants to pass a third school bond measure this November, Measure I, putting us another $232 million dollars in debt.
Palacio, and his fellow incumbent Valerie Amezcua, are betting that Santa Ana’s taxpayers feel under-taxed. Do you feel that you are paying too few taxes? It seems a bit crazy for Palacio and Amezcua to run on a tax increase, but that is precisely that they are doing!
If you feel that we are overtaxed then on Nov. 6, 2018 please vote for the two SAUSD School Board candidates who are opposed to all new taxes – Art Pedroza and Angie Cano!