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April 23, 2014 | Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Nearly 100 chanting and placard-waving union members marched to a downtown Sacramento office tower in a staged and futile attempt to serve a $240 million bill on the California Chamber of Commerce. The "invoice," union officials said, represented the amount of unpaid wages awarded by the state labor commissioner's office to workers that went uncollected from 2008 to 2011. The Service Employees International Union is sponsoring a bill aimed at preventing so-called wage theft.
September 24, 2006
Regarding "State Minimum Wage Gets a Raise," Sept. 13: Let's take at face value the fears expressed by the California Chamber of Commerce and others about the resulting $2.6 billion a year in higher payrolls. It's obvious that businesses will pass that increase on to us, the consumers. That $2.6 billion divided by the California population of 36 million comes out to $72 a year (not counting tourists), which is 20 cents a day. Considering the humane nature of this legislation, my family and I are more than happy to pay that amount.
July 26, 2009
Re "A sick waste of money," Editorial, July 18 It's hard to imagine a worse time to support a new tax on hospitals, but The Times has managed to do just that. This new tax -- which The Times calls a fee -- will be passed through to patients with private health coverage or who pay out of pocket, and will exacerbate our already out-of-control healthcare costs. Less than six weeks ago, California voters sent a clear signal: no more taxes. The Times' ill-considered endorsement of a proposed hospital tax (AB 1383 by Assemblyman Dave Jones)
February 5, 1996
This March 26, everyone who cares about schools and students must vote yes on Prop. 203. That's what it will take for Prop. 203--the school construction bond--to pass. It's that simple. Prop. 203 is so important to the education community. If approved by voters, this bond issue will fund critical projects for school construction and repairs, classroom seismic safety and improved access to computers in pubic schools, community colleges and public universities. The education community is not alone in its support for Prop.
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.
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.
April 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - A proposal to charge a tax on oil pumped from the ground in California was approved Thursday by a state Senate panel on grounds that it would help fund higher education in the state. The Senate Education Committee voted, 5-2, to advance the bill that would levy a 9.5% tax to raise $2 billion annually to be divided among state universities and colleges, state parks and human service programs. “California is the only major oil producer in the world that does not collect taxes on oil production,” Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa)
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.
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.
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.
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