Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today announced that she received a 100 percent score from the nonpartisan California Taxpayers Association (CalTax), the state's largest and oldest organization representing taxpayers, in its 2015 Legislative Score Card.
“Californians already pay some of the highest taxes in the nation and I am pleased to be recognized by the California Taxpayers Association for my work to put taxpayers first,” said Bates. “Our state needs to do a better job spending the tax money it does have and I look forward to continuing my work to champion fiscal responsibility in the Legislature.”
Bates said that measures to raise taxes and to make it easier to raise taxes only add to California’s reputation as a hostile place to do business. According to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, Californians have to work harder than the residents of 46 other states to pay their total tax bill each year (federal, state and local).
According to CalTax, “accountability for legislative votes on tax and public spending issues is critical. Tax and spending policies voted on by the legislature have a major impact on the health of California’s economy, and on the state’s ability to attract investment and jobs. The cost of government, the level of taxation and the operation of the tax system are highly quantifiable measures that businesses evaluate when making decisions on where to locate operations.”
Bates opposed bills that sought to increase local sales and use taxes in California (AB 464), and arbitrary fuel-reduction mandates contained in a prior version of SB 350. She was also recognized for her votes to provide relief for taxpayers who went through foreclosure (AB 99) and her support for legislative efforts to conform state and federal tax laws (AB 154).
In addition to her 100 percent CalTax score, Bates received an “A” grade from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association last month in its 2015 Legislative Report Card and a high score from the California Chamber of Commerce regarding her votes on policies affecting job creation.