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California Container Tax Proposals Opposed by ISRI

ISRI and dozens of other organizations wrote the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to oppose two container taxes that would impact businesses who export products through California’s ports.

The first tax proposed is a $35 per container tax that would raise an estimated $385 million per year while another proposed container tax approved by the SCAQMD legislative committee of $100 would raise an estimated $1.1 billion annually. The proposals were ill-defined meaning they did not specify how the funds would be collected or what programs they would support. ISRI and its partners argue that the plans present significant legal issues and when devised, did not consider the impacts on jobs, port competitiveness, or local businesses. Similar efforts to raise taxes on containers have failed in the past due to the serious economic injuries to the state of California. These measures must pass the California Assembly and Senate and be signed by the Governor before being implemented.

For more information about this proposal, please contact Billy Johnson.

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