California’s hairdressing salon tax could raise $30 million for schools
A bill in the state legislature would raise $15 million in funding for the state’s school districts by raising the sales tax on haircuts, nail salons, and manicures to $10.50 per $1,000 of gross receipts.
Assemblyman Jimmie Williams, D-San Diego, introduced the bill last month, and it has been endorsed by several members of his own party.
Williams, who represents a district that includes Santa Clarita, called the bill a “major step forward for education.”
“I believe that all Californians have a right to an affordable haircut,” he said.
“A haircut is just the beginning.
You should get that done before the school year starts.”
The bill would also require schools to provide haircuts and manicure services to students who can’t afford the fee, which could raise up to $25,000 annually for schools and help keep teachers on the job.
The bill was first introduced in January.
“Our schools should be places where everyone can come to learn, and not just those who have a lot of money,” Williams said.
In addition to the tax hike, the bill also includes a provision to make it harder for businesses to dodge the sales taxes by selling more than 25 percent of their business in the county and paying taxes on a lower percentage.
The measure was passed by a vote of 39-1.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the measure passed the state Senate in February, but the Assembly has not taken up the bill.
California is a national leader in cutting taxes.
In fact, the state raised taxes by more than a third last year alone.
In California, students have been forced to pay nearly $100 billion in property taxes in a state where homeowners pay just over $1 trillion.
The state’s sales tax is one of the highest in the country, and many cities have passed sales tax hikes to boost their economies.
According to the Los Angeles Department of Taxation and Finance, there are nearly 6.6 million people in California who pay more than $25 in sales taxes per person each year, more than twice the national average.