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California: Tax Hikes Loom for 2016 Ballot

California:  Tax Hikes Loom for 2016 Ballot

Although it may seem far in the distant future, symptoms there has been a great deal of speculation regarding what ballot propositions might appear on the 2016 General Election ballot in California. Focusing on just those proposals having the potential for real harm to taxpayers, here is our short list: SALES AND INCOME TAX EXTENSION […]

New tax would hit services

New tax would hit services

By Wayne Lusvardi . Republished with permission by Cal Watchdog.com . Tax reform is in the air. One proposal is by state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, also a former speaker of the Assembly. Senate Bill 8, the Upward Mobility Act, would raise $10 billion in sales and use taxes to replace the $7 billion Proposition […]

Santa Paula City Council meets to get fiscal house in order

Santa Paula City Council meets to get fiscal house in order

By Sheryl Hamlin  Diverse agenda items including mattresses, translators, development, explosions and budgeting filled the City Council chambers of Santa Paula for more than three hours on December 15, 2014. Al Guilin, Deacon of San Sebastian Church in Santa Paula, gave a particularly contemporary invocation saying “we pray for more prosperous times” while giving hope […]

LAO: No ‘fiscal cliff’ with end of Prop. 30 taxes

LAO: No ‘fiscal cliff’ with end of Prop. 30 taxes

Someone should come up with a T-shirt reading, “STAY CALM AND LET PROP. 30 END.” Maybe sell it and make a few bucks for ya. At least before taxes. California Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor’s recent “The 2015-16 Budget: California’s Fiscal Outlook” forecasts: “the end of the Proposition 30 PIT [personal income tax] rate increases will not […]

Gov. Brown key to 2016 tax measures

Gov. Brown key to 2016 tax measures

Activists Clamor To Keep Internet Tax-Free

Activists Clamor To Keep Internet Tax-Free

Activists continued to press for congressional action on Internet taxation Friday, pharmacy hoping for a vote in the lame-duck session. A coalition of trade associations sent a letter to congressional leaders in both parties on Thursday, urging them to pass a permanent moratorium against state and local taxes on Internet access. The Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) […]

It’s Scary Season Again—Time to pay your property taxes

It’s Scary Season Again—Time to pay your property taxes

For many the real scare this time of years is not the monsters at our doors on Halloween but the property tax bill in the mail box.

Without the government: There’d Be No Roads—Seriously?

Without the government:  There’d Be No Roads—Seriously?

Most Local California Tax Increases on Ballot Today Are to Pay for Pensions—Not Cops, Roads or Libraries

Most Local California Tax Increases on Ballot Today Are to Pay for Pensions—Not Cops, Roads or Libraries

California’s 2014 Local Tax Proposals – The Costly Alternative to Pension Reform

California’s 2014 Local Tax Proposals – The Costly Alternative to Pension Reform

On November 4th, along everything else on the ballot, California’s voters will be asked to approve local tax measures. A list compiled by the California Taxpayers Association, “2014 Local Elections,” shows that across California’s cities and counties, local tax increases proposed include the following: –  Tax increases requiring only a majority vote: 5 business taxes, […]