SACRAMENTO - The California Taxpayers Association (CalTax) announced yesterday that Assembly Member Donald P. Wagner, R-Irvine, has received a perfect score on its 2012 Legislative Voting Record report card. CalTax is the state's oldest watchdog group on tax and other public finance issues. Wagner is Assembly Chairman of the Legislative Taxpayers' Caucus.
"When I took office two years ago, I had the goal of creating a friendlier business climate for California business owners," said Wagner. "We create that friendlier climate by lessening burdensome regulations and by leaving more hard-earned money in the hands of taxpayers, not in the wasteful hands of Sacramento politicians. I remain committed to protecting working families and the taxpayers of California. We need to encourage job growth, not tax and spend until we have driven the last productive business or entrepreneur out of state."
Among the legislation that CalTax included in its 2012 Legislative Score Card were the following anti-taxpayer bills:
· Higher Local Sales Taxes to Grow Government: Assembly Bill 1446 extends a half cent sales tax for transportation in Los Angeles County until 2069. This bill adds yet another tax burden on Californians.
· Cap-and-Trade Tax Increase on Job Creators: Assembly Bill 1532 establishes a wide framework for spending cap-and-trade auctions revenues. These revenues will be a direct result of $146 billion in new taxes levied on employers in California.
· Exposing Confidential Employer Tax Information: Assembly Bill 2439 will breach the confidential information of taxpayers by requiring the Franchise Tax Board to identify and disclose the 500 largest publicly traded businesses subject to taxes in California.
Assembly Member Wagner also co-authored Assembly Bill 1506. This measure, supported by CalTax, would have repealed an illegal and unfair tax on rural residents in areas where the State is responsible for fire protection. This unfair fire tax created no new fire protection services.
In 2011, Assembly Member Wagner joined fellow Republicans to fight yet another costly tax increase proposed by Governor Brown and Sacramento Democrats. As a result of Wagner's leadership, California families saw an average tax relief of $1,000.
Assembly Member Wagner represents the 70th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the Orange County communities of Irvine, Lake Forest, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Tustin and surrounding areas.