Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today announced that he has earned an “A” grade for the 11th year in a row on the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s 2017 Legislative Scorecard, which grades lawmakers on their votes on issues important to taxpayers.
“The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has a long record of advocating for taxpayers and I am honored to stand with them in the fight against higher taxes,” said Senator Gaines. “California has the 48th worst tax climate in the country. Our sales tax is the highest in the nation. Gas taxes are the second highest. These taxes take a big bite out of California family and small business pockets. We should be providing incentives for entrepreneurs to start their businesses here and create private sector jobs, not stifling them with onerous taxes and burdensome regulations.”
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s annual legislative scorecard is a non-partisan tool to help taxpayers hold legislators accountable. It is designed to help Californians gauge how their state representatives are performing on taxpayer-related issues both positive and negative.
Founded by Proposition 13 architect and taxpayer advocate Howard Jarvis, the taxpayers association is the most respected and influential tax-fighting organization in California. For the 2017 legislative season, 22 bills were used to evaluate and grade voting records.
“I remain committed to making sure that Sacramento’s years of irresponsible spending aren’t thrown on the backs of hard-working taxpayers,” said Senator Gaines. “I will continue to push for lower taxes and simpler, less burdensome regulations to let employers know that California is open for business in order to get our economy back on track.”