State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) announced support last week for Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to raise taxes. At a town hall meeting in Lafayette on February 24, DeSaulnier said that he supports the governor’s plan to raise California’s sales tax by one-half percentage point. Currently, California has the highest statutory state sales tax rate in the nation, and will get worse with even higher tax proposals.
If the governor’s plan, which is expected to be on California’s November 2012 ballot, passes, the sales tax in Concord will go from 8.75 percent to 9.25 percent. In much of the rest of Contra Costa County, the sales tax will go from 8.25 percent to 8.75 percent.
The governor’s plan would also raise California’s personal income tax rate on individuals and families earning over $200,000 per year.
In the area of state personal income taxes, California has the second highest top-bracket tax rate west of the Mississippi River. The state’s top tax bracket starts at an income level of $48,029. Currently, incomes above the $48,029 level are taxed at 9.3 percent. Only Hawaii has a top bracket that is higher than California’s. Hawaii’s top bracket is 11 percent.
The Web site www.taxadmin.org contains information on state tax levels.
Sen. DeSaulnier represents much of Contra Costa County.