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Cal Matters: San Francisco voters approve first-in-the-nation CEO tax that targets income gap

San Francisco voters approved a new tax that will target businesses with the most disproportionately paid CEOs.

Measure L required a simple majority to pass and was approved by 65.18% of voters Tuesday night, making San Francisco the first U.S. city to move to tax both private and public businesses based on how “overpaid” their top executives are.

The measure, introduced by Supervisor Matt Haney and backed by the board, is expected to generate between $60 million and $140 million a year in general funds starting in 2022, according to an estimate by the city. Haney said he wants most of the money to be directed towards health services.


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