Reform California and Coalition Submit Over 1 Million Signatures to Qualify CA Taxpayer Protection Act

Reform California and Coalition Submit Over 1 Million Signatures to Qualify CA Taxpayer Protection Act

Reform California’s Carl DeMaio says the California Taxpayer Protection Act ballot initiative is the most consequential tax reform measure since Prop 13 in 1978. If approved by voters, the measure would require a two-thirds vote of the people to approve any future state or local tax hikes – and would require accurate and fair ballot titles be used in elections.

Californians already pay the highest taxes in the country, but Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio is fighting to change that by forcing a statewide vote on the California Taxpayer Protection Act — a ballot initiative that would make it harder for state and local politicians to impose costly and unfair tax hikes in the future. 

On Tuesday, August 2nd, DeMaio joined his campaign volunteers at a press conference to announce that nearly 1.4 million signatures have been collected statewide to force the issue on the ballot in 2024. 

Those signatures have now been submitted to county election offices across California to be reviewed and verified – with a public vote on the measure expected in 2024. DeMaio says qualifying this ballot measure is a “game changer” in the fight against tax hikes in California.

“Californians are literally fleeing our state because of the high cost-of-living and high taxes imposed by reckless politicians – and this ballot measure is a powerful way for voters to say ‘enough is enough,” DeMaio said.

“The California Taxpayer Protection Act will change the rules so taxpayers have a fair chance to defeat costly tax hikes going forward,” DeMaio added.

Once passed, the “California Taxpayer Protection Act” (CTPA) will supersede and nullify many of tax hikes being placed on the November 2022 ballot, and it would close loopholes politicians have exploited in recent years to impose tax hikes. That nullification provision would immediately produce tax savings for Californians.

The measure would also 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.

“Not since Prop 13 in 1978 have we had such an opportunity to block tax hikes and make California more affordable in the long term — potentially guaranteeing thousands of dollars in future savings for the average family,” explained DeMaio.

DeMaio had high praise for his army of volunteers who helped collect signatures over the past six months to place the measure on the ballot in the next election. 

“Getting these signatures in a post-pandemic environment was harder than any signature drive we’ve ever done in California,” DeMaio noted. “But our volunteers worked tirelessly to get the job done,” an appreciative DeMaio said.

In addition to supporting the fight on the California Taxpayer Protection Act, DeMaio is urging all Californians to join the campaign today to defeat a number of tax hikes appearing on the November 2022 ballot.

“The signature drive to qualify the California Taxpayer Protection Act has left us short on resources as we head into the November 2022 election – so I’m asking every Californian who opposes costly new tax hikes to join our campaign today,” DeMaio concluded.

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