Just a quick update for you on the issue I spoke about at the Broker/Owner/Manager meeting last week, the Democratic Party proposal to withhold an additional 3% tax from each of your checks as independent contractors. The reason you haven’t heard more is that CAR is using a targeted Red Alert working with just the legislators who might support the Realtor Party. As I mentioned last week, I’ve spoken with Senator Hollingsworth and Assemblymember Jeffries and they are both supporting our position – but they’re Republicans. We can only keep this bill from passing if some Senate Democrats join them/us.
Anyway, here’s a note from CAR . If you happen to know any of these Gentlemen personally, contact DeAnn or Stan at CAR about how you might help. I thought we told them no new taxes just a month ago. Oh well.
First of all, thank you to all of you who have responded so far to last week’s Red Alert on the 3% withholding proposal contained in the most recent version of the state budget. We understand this budget may have a vote tomorrow or Thursday. If it’s passed, we think the Governor may veto it, even though it looks like he’s comfortable with the withholding requirement. Our goal is to have it removed from subsequent versions of the budget.
FYI only. We have issued a targeted Red Alert to all REALTORS® residing in targeted Senate districts asking them to call their Senator using our toll-free line. The Senators targeted for this mobilization are: Calderon, Corbett, Florez, Negrete McLeod, Padilla, Price, Wright and Yee. In a few days our additional phone line will be up and we will target specific Assembly Members for the same message.
In the meantime, if you haven’t already done so, please talk to your assigned legislator(s) and get back to me with any intelligence. Some of the most useful information we have received are from Key Contacts who have spoken to their legislator or the chief of staff. Even if you don’t think you’ve got anything worth sharing, please email me so I know that you’ve responded.
On another note, a red alert was sent to some of our members from a company providing substitute disclosures asking that they contact legislators in SUPPORT of AB 957 – the Buyer’s Choice Act. Unfortunately, C.A.R. is now OPPOSED to the bill. I’m attaching the communication we sent to some members and to the local associations. If asked about it, please ask people not to respond to this alert from Property ID.