Proposed bill would exempt California teachers from state income tax

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California public school teachers will see more of their paycheck if Senate Bill 807 passes.

SB 807 was jointly introduced by state Sen. Henry Stern, D-Canoga Park, and Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton. The new bill is also known as the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017, and it aims to help new teachers afford required training and exempts veteran public school teachers in California from paying state income tax.

If this measure is approved, California would become the first state in the nation that excludes teaching income from state income taxes.

“My thought is taxpayers will see this as an investment,” said Stern. “It’s going to help their kids, communities and really let the teachers be part of these neighborhoods that they’re teaching in.”

Unlike many school districts throughout California, the Bakersfield City School District is not having difficulty keeping teachers in its classrooms.

Irma Cervantes, the spokesperson for BCSD, said the schools in the district have been fully staffed with teachers since the beginning of the school year. Cervantes said this is in part by a competitive salary initiative that benefits experienced educators.

“If they came in, they would see our salary schedule and if they have been working for 25 years, they would start at whatever salary we are giving our teachers that have 25 years of experience," said Cervantes.

Teacher salaries for BCSD are public information and can be found on the district's website.

As for SB 807, the legislature has not yet calculated the estimated loss in tax revenue to the state if the measure is approved.

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