California Proposes Tax on Millionaires to Fund ‘Free’ College Tuition

They don’t call California the ‘Land of Fruits and Nuts’ for nothing. In an effort to create so-called ‘tuition-free’ college, they’re proposing a one-percent tax on all the state’s residents who make over $1 million a year.

I wonder if Californians have thought this through though. What’s going to be the effect of this kind of tax on the state’s wealthiest residents? Are they going to want to stay in California? What happens quite often is that those who get taxed the most end up leaving their state and finding somewhere else to live. As of now, wealthy people migrating to another state is still legal.

Also, assuming this bill becomes law, what’s to stop it from becoming a two-percent tax, or a five-percent tax? You know how the government deals with these sorts of things. They make something ‘free’ by creating a new tax, and then all of a sudden that ‘something’ decides to increase its cost.

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So, they’re aiming for ‘free’ college by implementing this tax on the richest people in California. Even if those rich people stay in California, what if colleges and universities decide that they’re not getting enough money? Maybe the university administrators and presidents aren’t getting the bonuses they expected. So they ask for more. “It’s for education. And the children.”

Then, the state would call for increasing the tax. At some point, these wealthy Californians would rather desert their state than pay for college administrators’ bonuses. Or you’d think.

The following is from Campus Reform:

California state legislators have proposed a bill to make public colleges and universities completely tuition-free by creating a special tax on the state’s remaining millionaires.

Assembly Bill 1356, introduced Monday by Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, would impose a one-percent tax on incomes over $1,000,000 in order to close “the unfunded gap between existing aid programs and the cost of tuition and fees.”

press release put out by Eggman’s office asserts that California needs roughly $2 billion to cover the cost of college tuition for all state residents, and estimates that the new tax would generate about $2.2 billion, all of which would be deposited into the state’s Higher Education Assistance Fund for that purpose.

At press time, the California State Legislature’s website listed AB 1356 as a bill (also sponsored by Eggman) to extend legal protections and rights to illegal immigrants who apply for employment in the state, but a staff member told Campus Reform that the site is in the process of being updated.

A fact sheet provided to Campus Reform explains that between 1969 and 2015, California’s median household income increased by 10 percent, whereas tuition increased 530 percent in the University of California system and 685 percent in the California State University system over the same period.

“The cost of sending your kids to college has been rising faster than wages for the great majority of Californians,” Eggman said in her press release. “Too many families are ca…

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