“Plain English” Voter Guide for the 2022 General Election

“Plain English” Voter Guide for the 2022 General Election

Reform California Releases “Plain English” Voter Guide for the 2022 General Election

The 2022 California General Election will be held November 8, 2022 and this year’s primary ballot is REALLY long! With a bunch of confusing ballot measures and hundreds of candidates running for office, voters can feel overwhelmed and lost.

Fortunately, Carl DeMaio and the team at Reform California have thoroughly researched and vetted measures and candidates – and produced an easy-to-understand “Plain English” voter guide.

In vetting and endorsing candidates, Carl DeMaio and Reform California use the following criteria:

  • COST OF LIVING: Opposition to tax hikes;
  • CRIME: support for public safety and law enforcement;
  • SCHOOLS: commitment to improve schools, empower parents, and oppose toxic curriculum in the classroom;
  • JOB CREATION: support for small businesses and job creation against costly regulations and mandates, and
  • FREEDOM: respect for our Constitutional rights and personal freedoms.

Several candidates have appeared on the Carl DeMaio radio show on NewsRadio 600 KOGO and we have included their interview in the voter guide for you to listen to.

Because there are so many items on the ballot, the voter guide is separated into sections. Click on each section to see all the items on the ballot.

ACCESS YOUR LOCAL VOTER GUIDE

California State Voter Guide (view website)

For voters who live in all counties except Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties. Those counties have more detailed guides that can be accessed here:

Los Angeles County Voter Guide (view website)

Orange County Voter Guide (view website)

Riverside County Voter Guide (view website)

San Diego County Voter Guide (view website)

California Politicians Want a New Mileage Tax: You Can Stop Them In 2022

California Politicians Want a New Mileage Tax: You Can Stop Them In 2022

Forget the gas tax. Now California politicians are proposing a costly and unfair new Mileage Tax – charging you per mile that you drive. Your vote on state and local races in November 2022 could stop them.

You think the California state gas tax is too high? Get ready for a costly new “Mileage Tax” on top of what you already pay at the pump!

California state and local Democratic politicians are trying to implement a Mileage Tax on all drivers by 2025. At President Joe Biden’s direction, the federal government is currently exploring a Mileage Tax pilot program. Democrats in California are “volunteering” California to be the guinea pig for the pilot program and authorized state pilots with the passage of SB-1 in 2017.

Democrats say they need a Mileage Tax because cars have become more fuel efficient and California is also advancing a new mandate to require more electric vehicles be sold in California. The Democrats say these changes will result in them collecting less money from the gas tax from you – so the Mileage Tax was invented to force you to pay more.

Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, is leading the opposition to the Mileage Tax proposal.

“At a time of record inflation and skyrocketing cost-of-living, California’s working families cannot afford yet another tax hike from reckless politicians,” said DeMaio. 

DeMaio warns the proposal could be implemented regionally or statewide soon.  DeMaio points to the recently-adopted “Regional Transportation Plan” in San Diego county as proof. The plan includes massive sales tax hikes along with a Mileage Tax of 4-6 per mile driven by San Diego commuters.

DeMaio warns voters across the state to be on the lookout for other counties to pursue Mileage Tax proposals. 

“In every single race – whether it is for county supervisor or city council or state legislature – voters need to ask candidates for a simple YES or NO answer to whether the candidates support a costly new Mileage Tax,” DeMaio warns. 

DeMaio says the best way to stop the new Mileage Tax from taking effect is to do two things. First, vote for state and local politicians in November who are strongly opposed to any new Mileage Taxes. Second, support the California Taxpayer Protection Act that would force a vote on any proposed Mileage Tax before it can be implemented.

DeMaio and Reform California are leading the effort to flip key seats in the November election using the Mileage Tax as a key wedge issue. Electing reform-minded candidates that will stand up for Californians will go a long way toward blocking future tax hike proposals. 

In San Diego, for example, DeMaio is backing candidates to win enough seats on the county regional transportation board (SANDAG) to block any implementation of the Mileage Tax in San Diego.

Join the Fight: Stop the Mileage Tax

Effort to Block Costly Tax Hikes in CA Faces Deadline for Signatures

Effort to Block Costly Tax Hikes in CA Faces Deadline for Signatures

Reform California is asking for volunteers to collect signatures on petitions to qualify two ballot initiatives to oppose costly tax hikes in California; effort needs 1 million signatures before April deadline.

Californians are being forced to pay the highest taxes in the country, but two proposed ballot initiatives would give the state’s taxpayers much-needed relief as well as protect them from future tax hikes. The only problem? The proposed ballot measures each need nearly 1 million signatures to appear on the November 2022 statewide ballot.

That’s why Reform California is asking for volunteers to help collect signatures. Volunteers can sign up to have petition booklets mailed to them and can attend a series of “signature storms” that Reform California is organizing in the coming weeks.

“We must fight back against the liberal tax-and-spend super-majority in Sacramento and demand tax relief for our struggling families,” said Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California in announcing the signature drive to help qualify the two tax reform measures. 

“It is clear that California’s liberal politicians won’t stop coming after our wallets, so we need to impose restrictions on them using the citizens’ initiative process at the ballot box — and 2022 offers us the best possible environment to win,” DeMaio noted.

The first measure is called the “Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act” and it would close loopholes politicians have exploited in recent years to impose tax hikes. The measure would strengthen the requirement that local tax hikes must receive two-thirds voter approval to go into effect. In addition, the measure would combat false and misleading ballot titles currently used by state and local politicians to deceive voters into voting for ballot items that contain hidden tax hikes.
The second measure is called the “Repeal the Death Tax Act” and it would preserve Prop 13 and allow parents and grandparents to transfer property to their children and grandchildren without triggering a huge property tax increase.

No on Prop 15: Carl DeMaio and Small Business Owners Warn of New Home-Based Business Tax

No on Prop 15: Carl DeMaio and Small Business Owners Warn of New Home-Based Business Tax

Carl DeMaio and a coalition of small business owners and advocates today held a press conference to urge voters to vote NO on Prop 15 – the massive statewide property tax hike on the November ballot. 

“We already know that Prop 15 immediately imposes a massive tax hike on California’s small businesses, but we are also now learning that the fine print in Prop 15 also authorizes state politicians to impose a new tax on home-based businesses,” said Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California.

DeMaio and the small business coalition he assembled decried the cost of Prop 15’s tax hike to small businesses that are already struggling with Covid-19 lockdowns and an economic downturn. 

“If Prop 15 passes, it will be the final nail in the coffin for many of these struggling small businesses and the job losses will be immense,” DeMaio warned.

DeMaio also released analysis of Prop 15 provisions that he says authorize the state legislature to impose a new tax on home-based businesses. 

“Many small businesses are operating out of people’s homes and Prop 15 opens these home-based businesses up to a massive tax hike,” DeMaio warned.

Prop 15 would increase property taxes on commercial, retail, industrial and other properties to the tune of $11 billion.  Prop 15 is seen as just the first step of a two-step effort to completely repeal Prop 13 from 1978 and increase property taxes on all properties – especially single family homes.

How Prop 15 Authorizes Politicians to Impose a Tax on Home-Based Business

Initiative Text: What Prop 15 Says

AG 2019-0008, Amdt. #1, Initiative Sec. 5, adding Cal. Const. Art XVIII A, Section 2.5(c)(4)(B):

“The Legislature shall also define and provide by statute that limited commercial uses of residential property, such as home offices, home-based businesses or short-term rentals, shall be classified as residential for purposes of paragraph (2) of subdivision (a).” 

AG 2019-0008, Amdt. #1, Initiative Sec. 6, adding Cal. Const. Art XVIII A, Section 2.5(c)(2):

“’Mixed-use property’ means real property on which both residential and commercial or industrial uses are permitted.” 

AG 2019-0008, Amdt. #1, Initiative Sec. 5, adding Cal. Const. Art XVIII A, Section 2.5(c)(4)(B):

“The Legislature may provide for an exclusion from reassessment for the commercial share of mixed use property provided seventy-five percent (75%) or more of the property by square footage or value is residential. 

AG 2019-0008, Amdt. #1, Initiative Sec. 5, adding Cal. Const. Art XVIII A, Section 2.5(d)(1):

Subject to paragraph (2) of this subdivision, upon reassessment pursuant to subdivisions (a) and (b), each commercial and industrial real property with a fair market value

of three million dollars ($3,000,000) or less shall not be subject to reassessment pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) and shall be assessed as required by Section 2 of this Article.

Initiative Impact: What Prop 15 Does

How We Know Prop 15 Gives The Legislature the Power to Tax Residential Property Used For a Home-Based Business:

Prop 15 gives the State Legislature the power to define and provide by statute what constitutes “limited commercial uses of residential property.” The Legislature could define “limited commercial uses of residential property” in any number of ways—including how much income a home-based business generates.

If a home-based business does not meet the Legislature’s definition of “limited commercial uses of residential property,” it will be treated as “mixed-use property,” as defined by the initiative, because it has both a residential and commercial use.

In doing so, the Legislature would create two classes of home businesses: one that qualifies as “mixed-use property” subject to reassessment and another that will retain residential designation with “limited commercial use.”

How We Know the Legislature Can Pick and Choose Which Businesses to Raise Property Taxes On:

The Legislature may provide an exclusion from reassessment for the commercial share of mixed-use property but is not obligated to under Prop 15. This is purely optional and is subject to the political whims of state politicians.

This discretion gives the Legislature the power to impose higher property taxes on the commercial portion of home-based businesses with mixed-use designations. The Legislature’s power to define “limited commercial use” will allow politicians to pick winners and losers among home-based small businesses and target those homeowners higher property taxes.

How We Know Residential Properties of ANY Value Operating a Home-Based Business Can Be Reassessed:

The three-million-dollar exclusion from reassessment is for “commercial and industrial real property” only. Thus, it will not apply to a home-based business that is designated as “mixed-use property.”

There is no dollar threshold for “mixed-use property” in Prop 15, so a residential property of any value operating a home-based business could be subject to higher property taxes.

What Prop 15 Means for Residential Property Used For Home-Based Businesses:

Prop 15 strips long-standing Prop 13 protections from residential property. Prop 13 limits property tax increases to 2% annually, providing certainty to homeowners and small businesses that they can afford their taxes in the future. Prop 15 allows state politicians to raise property taxes on millions of home-based businesses – meaning skyrocketing property taxes for homeowners.

More Californians than ever are conducting businesses from their homes, and Prop 15 gives the Legislature the power to raise taxes on these homeowners. If past actions by the Legislature are an indication of future behavior, it’s likely that many home businesses will be subject to Prop 15’s higher property taxes.

Taxing home businesses is just another step towards the full repeal of Prop 13 for all homeowners.

Carl DeMaio Holds Town Hall on Top 12 Target Races in California

Carl DeMaio Holds Town Hall on Top 12 Target Races in California

It will be a tough election cycle for us in California. Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio is fighting back hard and held a town hall on the top 12 target races in California. DeMaio announced the 12 Top Target Seats for Republicans in California and discussed what can be done to either pick up seats or save seats for Republicans.

California State Senators Moorlach and Chang were in attendance as well as several other candidates from across the state. The target seats include Congressional seats as well as state senate and assembly seats, many of which overlap each other which helps Republicans maximize their opportunity.

The Top 12 Target Seats (Tier 1) in California currently are:

Congress

State Senate

State Assembly

Watch the town hall below and learn how you can join the fight to take back California.

Carl DeMaio Launches Campaign to Protect Prop 13 and Stop Property Tax Hikes

Carl DeMaio Launches Campaign to Protect Prop 13 and Stop Property Tax Hikes

This is it – politicians in Sacramento have launched their all-out assault to repeal Prop 13 and raise taxes this November. Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California, has launched the resistance to save and protect Prop 13 and organized a statewide virtual town hall where he outlined the campaign to protect Prop 13 and gave instructions on how supporters can join in the efforts in their areas.

Carl DeMaio Holds Town Hall On Risks Facing Small Businesses from AB5 & PAGA

Carl DeMaio Holds Town Hall On Risks Facing Small Businesses from AB5 & PAGA

Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio held a town hall with the California Business and Industrial Alliance where they warning Californians about costly new mandates stemming from AB5 and PAGA that are being implemented by Sacramento politicians.

The negative impacts of Covid 19 and new enforcement actions on AB5 and PAGA are destroying jobs. Lost wages may never be recovered and businesses may not come back from this. The Town Hall will equip you with the facts you need to know to keep your business safe!