Bill to Exempt Teachers in California From State Income Tax Is Introduced

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California is facing a teacher shortage, and a state Senate bill to “combat the problem” has been introduced.

Senate Bill 807, introduced by Democratic Senators Henry Stern of Los Angeles and Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton, aims to help teachers in two ways, reports the Los Angeles Times:

First, it would give new teachers tax credits for the money they spent to earn full teaching credentials. The credits would cover such costs as college tuition and certification tests. These expenses could be recouped entirely over five years.

Second, it would exempt teachers who remain in the profession more than five years from paying state taxes on income earned from teaching. The effect would be equivalent to a 4% to 6% salary increase, according to backers.

Teachers who earn a $75,000 salary would gain the equivalent of a 5 percent raise, saving nearly $4,000 on their annual tax bill after they meet the five year requirement.

If the bill is passed into law, teachers who remain in the profession for more than five years will be exempt from paying state income tax for 10 years.

About 300,000 teachers would benefit from the cut in the first year, and the tax breaks would cost around $617 million in state revenue annually for the 10 years they would be in effect. That’s about 0.5% of the $123 billion state budget, SF Gate reports.

One-third of all California teachers are older than 50, and turnover among young teachers remains high – the California Teachers Association claims that about a third of the state’s teachers leave the job within the first seven years.

In addition, fewer are entering the profession, according to data from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. In the 2014-15 school year, enrollments in teacher preparation programs dropped to 20,881 — down 40% from 2010-11 and 73% from 2001-02, according to the LA Times.

Statewide, 75 percent of districts reported a shortage of teachers this school year, including 80 percent of urban districts and 69 percent of schools in the suburbs, according to a poll conducted by the California School Boards Association and the Learning Policy Institute, an education research nonprofit group.

It appears that teachers in California are fairly well-paid already. The median household income in the state is $61,818, which is significantly less than the average salary of $69,324 for teachers, reports The Daily Caller.

In fact, as Jazz Shaw points out,

Nobody is denying that teachers play a critical role in our society, but the long held belief that teachers are vastly underpaid needs to be re-examined. This was certainly true back in the 70s when I was growing up, but there have been reforms underway for quite some time. It’s also impossible to underestimate the power and influence that the nation’s teachers unions have with Democrats and the deals they have managed to work out with the government have gone a tremendous ways toward addressing former inequities.

Shaw suggests we take a look at just how much teachers are getting paid these days with data provided from the California Department of Education:

He also raises another important point. For lawmakers to pick certain groups to get privileged treatment is a slippery slope – where does it end?

If you take an entire class of people based on their occupation and say that they are somehow “more deserving” than everyone else and should be exempted from paying state income taxes, what other groups might qualify? It’s not hard to imagine quite a few of these “deserving” professions being rather quick to have their hands out.

What about firefighters? Paramedics? Farmers? Medical professionals?

What about…every working person in California…and heck, in every state that has an income tax?

While we are at it, can we abolish the federal income tax too? I think that’s an idea everyone can get behind.

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  • Pat Taylor ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐

    Wouldn’t this be somewhat of a Constitutional violation?

    Making laws that benefit only a select group of tax payers, and not ALL tax payers is wrong!
    This is just more proof of how statitsts view themselves as being a protected class of society, one that (((they))) deem as being irrefutably worthy of special privileges and rights, pretty much like Donut Nazis have their own bill of rights and qualified immunity – this creates an echelon of society that has societal sub-ordinates that control those beneath them.

    • emmanuelozon

      Well you know, teachers, along with police and firefighters (and maybe others that I am unaware of), pay no social security taxes, so there are already laws that benefit only a select few taxpayers.

      And don’t forget that most teachers only work nine months out of the year.

      • Pat Taylor ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐

        Yes, this is already a system that favors, or privileges a few at the expense of the many.

        When it comes to these types of government fraud, the people should pressure the government (pretty much like all the noise the snowflakes have been making for the last few months) but, rather than the snowflakes game plan, by means of valid submissions to each and every representative demanding this malarkey be stopped!

        Unlike the fucking snowflakes, which are in effect, only impeding other $uɥɐʞᴉɹǝɯ∀ ability to get to work each day and all the while no change for betterment could ever be.
        If the masses of smart $uɥɐʞᴉɹǝɯ∀, that desire change in the policies of the corporate u.s., formed a cohesive assault against tyrannical government policies by means of petition and barrage all representatives by phone, mail, email and if possible in person the message will be evident –

  • roger

    www dot losthorizons dot com. the income tax only applies to people like teachers and other government “tax feeders”. get educated already

  • UnderTheBedMonster

    California is totally nuts with this bill. Everyone will then claim to be a teacher just to now pay state taxes….duh!!!

    • Pat Taylor ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐

      ɐᴉuɹoɟǝᴉɯɯ0ʞ … The land of fruits and nuts

  • Frank

    The first questions that Californians should be asking is “Why aren’t people entering the Teaching profession (in CA)?” and “Why aren’t trained/ qualified teachers staying?” Find a solution to those two questions and many more problems would be solved – in lieu of trying to incentivize people to be a teacher and then stay. Analogy: trying to fix a car’s engine by changing the tires. I think it will have A LOT to do with the Politically-Correct, cowardly behavior that is undertaken by school administrators to appease the Liberal agenda and the (lack of) enforcement of behavioral standards on the students. Teachers, new and experienced, don’t want to deal with entitled, out-of-control, abusive students, period. The patients are running the asylum, and now the board is trying to bribe the staff to stay.

  • csfurious

    This is beyond pathetic. Absolutely asinine proposal.

  • tonye

    Typical…. the Unions get their monkeys in the Duma to vote themselves ever more benefits.

    Soon, it will be Adios California.

  • Why would anyone want to serve as a teacher?

  • c_chandler

    clifornia decided homeschool had to be by certified teachers too. then those families left the state. the california crap is hijinks of nuts.