SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 29, 2017 – Following Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leadership announcing their $5 billion transportation tax proposal, NFIB California State Executive Director Tom Scott issued the following statement on behalf of our 22,000 dues-paying small business members:
“NFIB is firmly opposed to this package of transportation tax increases, which includes the highest gas tax increase in California history. While we can all agree there is a dire need to invest in our roads and infrastructure, Californians already pay billions in taxes every year to fund these repairs. Sacramento already has the money to fix our roads, but Governor Brown, Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, and Speaker Anthony Rendon today announced they would rather raise new taxes on the backs of small businesses and working families. This is unacceptable.
“Governor Brown is severely mistaken in claiming the only opposition to these taxes is political. NFIB represents 22,000 dues-paying small business owners across the state, who employ roughly 500,000 Californians. Each year we ballot our members on key emerging issues, and earlier this year we asked our members if they support raising various taxes to fund transportation repairs. 90% said they oppose these taxes.
“The Legislature also has an obligation to uphold Proposition 54 and provide opportunity for our small business owners, and all members of the public, to analyze and provide testimony on this proposal. We are fearful this transportation package will be jammed through behind closed doors similar to how the $15 minimum wage hike was passed almost exactly a year ago.”