Kim Kardashian made more than $12 million in 2010, but she only paid 1% more in taxes than a middle-class Californian. A grassroots coalition made up of community organizations across California wants the most famous Kardashian to endorse their campaign to increase taxes for those making more than $1,000,000.
They call it the "Millionaire’s tax."
What is it? A statewide ballot measure that asks Californians who make over $1 million per year to pay a little bit more to invest in California after years of devastating cuts.
What does it do? It asks those making more than $1 million a year in personal income to pay their fair share in taxes. Organizers say the state would get an estimated $6 billion to begin:
- re-hiring laid off teachers to reduce class sizes,
- rolling back college tuition increases,
- restoring cuts to essential services for children, seniors, and people who are disabled,
- re-hiring laid off emergency responders, and creating jobs by repairing roads and bridges.
Who’s behind it? A coalition of educators, parents, and community groups working together to restore California’s middle class. Here’s how the coalition describes themselves:
Groups in support of this reform include:
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
California Civil Rights Foundation
California Federation of Teachers
Causa Justa/ Just Cause
Communities for a New California
Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment
Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement
Dolores Huerta Foundation
Inner City Struggle
Knott’s Family and Parenting Institute
Mobilize the Immigrant Vote
Richmond Progressive Alliance Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo)
Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
UAW Local 2865
University of California Student Association
Warehouse Workers United
Working Partnerships USA