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My turn: Changing Prop. 13 could worsen housing crisis. Here’s how

My turn: Changing Prop. 13 could worsen housing crisis. Here’s how

By Joel Fox, Special to CALmatters . For four decades, Proposition 13, the property tax reform that passed in 1978, has been blamed for many of the ills that have befallen California. Working with Howard Jarvis, a Proposition 13 co-author, and later running his taxpayers association, I have followed the multiple attacks on the measure, many […]

Ballot initiative filing fees set to increase

Ballot initiative filing fees set to increase

Legislators propose differing plans to fund state-wide highway repair

Legislators propose differing plans to fund state-wide highway repair

Voters will confront more bonds on 2016 ballot

Voters will confront more bonds on 2016 ballot

Poll: Voters hesitant on potential 2016 tax hike initiatives

Poll: Voters hesitant on potential 2016 tax hike initiatives

As Legislature reconvenes, businesses hone the art of the deal

As Legislature reconvenes, businesses hone the art of the deal

. What’s business looking for in the remaining legislative session and what kind of deals are being discussed to get there? A number of large business organizations have offered support for funding sources to be used for transportation infrastructure purposes on one hand, while on the other strongly opposed both general and specific tax measures […]

Dueling road plans propose higher taxes, seek to reduce driving

Dueling road plans propose higher taxes, seek to reduce driving

Groups eye additional “sin tax” revenue

Groups eye additional “sin tax” revenue

. Is a tax on cigarettes a revenue raiser or a “sin tax” — used to discourage individuals from using products considered harmful? The effort to raise taxes on cigarettes – there is a measure in the Legislature as well a ballot initiative moving through the process — often directs new revenues toward specific purposes. […]

Polls: Split-roll property tax initiative faces rough road

Polls: Split-roll property tax initiative faces rough road

The whole truth about California’s employment picture

The whole truth about California’s employment picture

News on the economy appears good with new national numbers on economic growth released and polls measuring the attitudes about the job market ticking up. However, in California some troubling job numbers don’t get the attention they deserve. While quarterly economic growth numbers showed the fastest growth rate in a decade and a recent Gallup […]

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