Democrats want $6.6 million tax, to establish a new government-run health care program, while Republican leaders oppose.
At a press conference held at the Capitol Wednesday, Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman of Tustin and Assembly Republican Leader Mike Villines of Fresno, flanked by small business owners from throughout the state, condemned the $6.6 billion job tax Democrats have proposed to pay for health care.
Assembly Bill 8, by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez , D-Los Angeles and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland would impose a minimum 7.5 percent jobs tax and new government health care mandates on every small, and large California business that does not provide the amount of health care coverage dictated by Sacramento.
“The Democrat proposal does not offer a remedy for the core problems with the state’s health care system and an estimated 249,000 Californians would lose their jobs, with almost 65 percent of the losses hitting small businesses,” said Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman.
“Forcing this tax down the throats of California business to pay for a new government-run health care scheme will devastate our economy and cause our budget problems to grow far worse,” said Assembly Republican Leader Mike Villines.