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September 11, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown says he supports a bill in the Legislature that would boost the California minimum wage next year and in 2016 by a total of $2 an hour. The bill, AB 10 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), is now before the state Senate and must win final passage from the Legislature before a Friday recess.   Subway, In-N-Out, Chick-fil-A top Zagat fast-food survey “The minimum wage has  not kept pace with rising costs,” the governor said in a statement released by his office.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013
About 90 delegates from business and politics are traveling with Gov. Jerry Brown in China this week. Among them: Rusty Areias: Partner in influential consulting firm California Strategies. Married to a Democratic fundraiser. Jay Behmke : Managing director, Yao Family Wines, owned by former NBA star Yao Ming. Kofi Bonner: President, Lennar Urban San Francisco. Builder. Finalizing $1.7-billion deal with China Development Bank for two San Francisco developments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Californians routinely use their credit cards to buy songs and videos on the Internet, so a worried state Senate on Thursday approved a measure to protect consumers' information from being misused. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) proposed SB 383 in response to cases in which hackers have been able to steal the personal financial information of millions of credit card users. Her measure would limit online merchants to collecting personal information from consumers only if it is necessary to combat identity theft.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - After working at the top levels of state government in three administrations, Marty Morgenstern is calling it quits - again. This time, California's outgoing Labor and Workforce Development secretary is stepping down as head of the agency that oversees unemployment insurance, workers' compensation and on-the-job safety. At age 78, he has worked on and off for Gov. Jerry Brown, himself 75 years old. Morgenstern, who will remain an unpaid senior advisor to the governor, distilled his theory of government work to just three sentences: "We never have enough money.
NEWS
October 31, 2004
Summary: The measure would restrict a person's right to sue under the Unfair Business Competition Law, known as 17200 after its section number in the business and professions code. The law allows anyone to sue a company, even if he or she wasn't directly affected by its conduct. If Proposition 64 passes, only people who have been injured or suffered losses could sue for unfair practices or false advertising. Claims on behalf of a larger group would have to meet stringent requirements for class-action status.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2006 | Marc Lifsher
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation Tuesday to increase California's minimum wage to $8 an hour over the next 15 months. Question: When does it take effect? Answer: A 75-cent-an-hour increase takes effect Jan. 1. It will raise California's minimum wage to $7.50 an hour from $6.75. On Jan. 1, 2008, there will be another increase, to $8 an hour, or $16,640 annually. Q: How many workers will get this raise? A: About 1 million workers of the state's 17.75 million workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
A proposal to increase the minimum wage by $2 over five years was sidelined, at least temporarily, on Monday because it would cost the state millions of dollars. The Senate Appropriations Committee put the bill by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) on suspense. There it will undergo more study, negotiation and potential change to reduce the cost before a final determination is made later this month on whether to send it to the Senate floor. Alejo had originally proposed to raise the minimum wage by $1.25 an hour, to $9.25, over three years.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2013 | Marc Lifsher
Hundreds of items found on supermarket shelves, such as shampoos, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and food packaging, could get chemical makeovers under new rules being put in force by California. On Thursday, state toxic chemical regulators will unveil what they say is the nation's most comprehensive program for identifying and reformulating common consumer products containing hazardous chemicals. In the past, the state took a piecemeal approach. Lawmakers would ban specific chemicals from particular products, such as bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - With little fanfare this week, California voters approved a plan to close a corporate tax loophole affecting out-of-state businesses, finance $2.5 billion in clean energy and energy efficiency projects and deliver another $2.5 billion to the state's beleaguered treasury over the next five years. It is a tax increase of modest proportions compared with most in California, but experts say it highlighted the politics of taxation and how some business levies engender strong passion whereas others draw little public attention or electoral opposition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1994
Contrary to what Lenny Goldberg's commentary in The Times ("Bamboozled by Business Tax Breaks," June 2,) implied, tax incentives designed to attract new businesses and to retain existing businesses are an integral part of a state's overall economic plan. Surveys or studies cited by Goldberg are misleading and manipulated to understate California's tax burden. For example, they do not see total costs of doing business in California (such as the explosion of local taxes and fees)
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