Hey Californians! The fun just keeps on coming for you guys.
Fresh off of the Prop 8 same-sex marriage vote and its fallout (much citizen unrest, possible business implications and lawsuits in the works), you now get to deal with a special legislative session that might hike and expand your state sales taxes.
"I’m not a believer in taxes; I’m not a believer of increasing fees. It’s just under these circumstances it’s necessary to do," Schwarzenegger said. "We have a dramatic situation here and it takes dramatic solutions ... and immediate action. We must stop the bleeding."
California's budget shortfall has
So to help fill some of that tax hole, the Governator has proposed increasing the sales tax from
Other components of Schwarzenegger's plan include:
Impose an oil severance tax upon any oil producer that extracts oil from the earth or water in the state;
Increase the alcohol excise tax by five cents per drink; and
Provide targeted corporation franchise and income and personal income tax credits to the film and television industry to help keep production in California.
The "Hollywood tax credit" is a direct response to tax incentives offered film production from other states and Canada (and blogged about most recently here).
If approved, the increases, which are expected to raise
You can watch Arnold's announcement of the special session and his tax proposals (and more) here.