Brian Maienschein Newest Republican To Break Taxpayer Promise

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Taxpayers are having a rough couple of months because of San Diego Republicans who have lied to them. Two months ago, Assmeblyman Rocky Chavez broke his promise to oppose any and all taxation, giving cover for Democratic Assembly Members in moderate districts. Just 36 hours ago, Assemblyman Brian Maienschein broke his promise to oppose any and all taxes, giving cover to Democrat Sabrina Cervantes (Cervantes represents a right-leaning Distcrict and voted nay).

Maienschein voted for the new “mortgage tax”, sponsored by Toni Atkins. He signed the Tax Payer Promise when he was running for the open seat.

Both he and Chavez signed the Taxpayer Promise and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform. The language of the Taxpayer Promise reads:

I, (name) pledge to the tax payers of the (jurisdiction), of the State of California, and to all Californians that I will:

ONE: oppose any and all efforts to increase marginal tax rates for individuals and/or businesses, and

TWO: oppose any and all efforts to amend and/or repeal Proposition 13, and

THREE: oppose any and all efforts to increase the taxpayers’ contribution, to public employee retirement plans, and

FOUR: oppose all net reduction and elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

Maienschein lied to the taxpayers and voters of the 77th Assembly District. Tell your friends.


Comments 11

  1. Does he consider this vote breaking his pledge? If not, why?
    If he does consider this breaking his pledge, when will he be stepping down?

  2. If Brian Brady was not making so much money in the private sector I would run his campaign for any public office for free

  3. Brian,

    Which one of the four SPECIFIC points of the Taxpayer Promise did this “mortgage tax” (fee) violate?

    It did not increase marginal tax rates.
    It did not amend or repeal Prop 13.
    It did not add money to public employee’s retirement plans.
    It did not eliminate any deductions or credits.

    You may not like the new fee; I understand that, but Maienschein did not break his pledge.

  4. tax


    1. a compulsory contribution to state revenue, levied by the government on workers’ income and business profits or added to the cost of some goods, services, and transactions.

  5. Brian should be recognized as a leader and one who is not afraid to cross the aisle for the right cause. In this case the nominal fee (not a tax) on real estate document recordings will be used to house veterans, seniors, and homeless people. A a councilperson in San Diego he had seen their needs first hand and now he decided that given the dramatic increase in homelessness throughout California it was time to act, and do the right thing. Safe to say that unfortunately too many partisans on both sides of the aisle never have the nerve to do the right thing.

  6. To answer HQ’s legitimate query: Prior to imposing this mortgage transaction tax (it IS a tax, unrelated to the cost of delivery of services), the “marginal tax rate” on such activity was ZERO. It is now INFINITELY higher than zero.

    To those who say it’s a pittance: It’s the nose of the tax camel under the tent. Does anyone really think that this new schedule of taxes is as high as this tax will go? Anyone?

  7. Jim Silverwood, it’s not “doing the right thing” when you sign a “no tax increase” pledge to cater to your constituency, and then do the opposite in office. If we want such representatives, we can always vote for candidates who REFUSE to sign such a pledge — at least THEY are being honest.

    It’s disappointing you don’t value a person’s promise. Oddly enough, many other voters DO.

  8. Richard,

    Words and their definitions matter, especially when asking someone to give a written pledge restricting his/her future legislative discretion. The words “marginal tax rate” have a specific meeting and a fixed fee ($75 regardless of the size of the mortgage), even if you call it a tax, does not fall under this definition.

  9. Post

    “fixed fee ($75 regardless of the size of the mortgage), even if you call it a tax, does not fall under this definition.”

    If it’s not a tax, why did it need a 2/3 vote to pass?

  10. Brian,

    It is clearly a tax, but it has nothing to do with marginal tax rates.


    “The marginal tax rate is the percentage of tax applied to your income for each tax bracket in which you qualify. In essence, the marginal tax rate is the percentage taken from your next dollar of taxable income above a pre-defined income threshold.

    The marginal tax rate includes federal, state and local income taxes, as well as federal payroll and self-employment taxes. This differs from the average tax rate, which is the total tax paid as a percentage of total income earned.”

    At the risk of being repetitive, words have meaning and meaning matter.

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