Calif lawmakers want to let taxpayers pay more

April 6, 2011 7:53:08 PM PDT
Fifteen California lawmakers are supporting an idea to let you decide whether to pay more in taxes. St. Sen. Doug LaMalfa, R-Butte County, unveiled a new tax form on Wednesday. If you fill in a box, volunteering to pay more than what you owe, you'll help reduce the deficit. Backers call it the "Help Our State Act."

"So, I think this actually gives the citizens of California more options than what our governor is proposing," said Assm. Mike Morrell, R-Redlands.

"If indeed they are as emphatic as some are saying, then if 46 percent of taxpayers want this, about $6 billion is one of the projections you could say," said LaMalfa.

The governor wants voters to decide on extending taxes through a special election in June. LaMalfa points out his idea eliminates the need for an election and the $90 million it would cost to hold it.