Small Business Reacts to Passage of Senate Bill 1

Political quid-pro-quo wins; small business and working families lose

National Federation of Independent Business/California
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Small Business Reacts to Passage of Senate Bill 1
Political quid-pro-quo wins; small business and working families lose

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 6, 2017 – Following the California Legislature passing Senate Bill 1 (Beall) and sending it to Governor Brown for his signature, NFIB California State Executive Director Tom Scott issued the following statement on behalf of our 22,000 due-paying small business members:

“We are deeply disappointed with the passage of SB 1 today, as it represents not only bad public policy, but also bad politics. Our roads have been embarrassingly neglected for decades and billions of taxpayer dollars have been diverted away from our roads in that time, yet Governor Brown and Democratic legislative leadership imposed an arbitrary one-week deadline to jam the largest gas tax increase in state history. The bill passed today was rushed to the Assembly floor without receiving a single committee vote in that house. This rushed process for the sake of political expedience silenced small business owners and all taxpayers who have not had the opportunity to review and analyze this sweeping legislation.

“We also cannot ignore how almost exactly one year ago, the same politics in Sacramento rushed the $15 minimum wage hike through the legislature in one week. However, the 50 cent per hour pay bump minimum wage workers got with SB 3 last year will instantly be erased by the tax increases in SB 1. These policies do not operate in a vacuum, and ultimately hurt working families and low-wage workers the hardest when they are forced to pay more for gasoline, goods, and services. The legislature also spent $36 billion in new revenues over the last six years, but not one dime went to critical transportation projects. SB 1 gives us more taxes, zero reforms, and no sunset.

“Finally, all Californians should be ashamed of legislators who voted for Senate Bill 1 in exchange for favors and budget promises by the Governor and Democratic legislative leadership. We do not accept that this is ‘just how things get done’ because if we had a good, bipartisan transportation bill, one that funded our roads without raising taxes on the backs of working families, then we wouldn’t see these quid-pro-quo games.”


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California Legislature



James Gallagher
Assemblyman, 3rd District


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April 6, 2017                                                                                                 (916) 319-2003


Assemblyman Gallagher Reacts to Passing of Transportation Tax


SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) issued the following statement on the Legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 1, a Democratic lead measure that will increase taxes by $5 billion a year to fund transportation. Assembly Republicans, along with Assemblyman Gallagher, stood in stout opposition to SB 1.

“Today legislative Democrats approved a massive tax increase that will disproportionately hurt poor commuting families.  Their plan will raise the gas tax by seventy percent, the largest increase in history, even though we already have some of the highest gas prices in the nation.  The plan also raises the average cost of registering your car by twenty-five percent.  A large amount of these taxes won’t even go towards fixing our deteriorated roads.

“State tax revenue has grown by $36 billion over the past six years, yet none of this money has gone to fixing our roads.  Even worse, funds that should have gone to transportation have been diverted year after year for other purposes. Instead of working on a comprehensive solution with Republicans to make transportation spending accountable and efficient while fixing a broken bureaucracy, Democrats are once again asking taxpayers to bail them out for their misplaced priorities.”

SB 1 passed the State Assembly on a vote of 54 -26 .


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Assemblyman James Gallagher represents the 3rd Assembly District, which encompasses all of Glenn, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba counties as well as portions of Butte and Colusa counties.