July 27, 2010 |
Taking a puff in California is getting to be a drag, with health concerns and high prices pushing cigarette sales in the most recent fiscal year to their steepest plunge in a decade. Californians bought 8.1% fewer cigarettes in fiscal 2009 — which ended June 30 — than a year earlier, according to a report Tuesday from the California State Board of Equalization. The steepest previous sales drop was the 11.2% dive in fiscal 1999 from a year earlier. Since peaking in fiscal 1980 with 2.8 billion packs, cigarette sales has tumbled 65.6% to 972 million packs, the state tax board said.
April 17, 2013 |
Now that they have filed their income tax returns and written their checks, many Californians are starting to realize that government greed is no laughing matter. In November, California voters approved Proposition 30, raising the state's top income tax rate to 13.3%, an increase of more than 29%. The state sales tax now ranges from 7.5% to 10%, the highest statewide rate in the nation. The tax increases are supposed to raise an additional $6 billion in revenue. But that's not enough for California politicians.
June 14, 1990 |
May brought more than rain. It was also a time for the State Board of Equalization to shower $23.7 million on the county's 29 cities--the latest installment of sales and use tax revenues. The total amount for the county, $24.9 million, included funds earmarked for county agencies. This most recent disbursement was 6% more than the county received last May, and the aggregate cities' figure was 9% higher. But not all the municipalities did better this May than last.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1990
Retail sales in Orange County during the fourth quarter of 1989, the most recent period for which information is available, hit a two-year high--$4.8 billion. That was a 7.1% increase over the previous year's fourth quarter. Overall, 1989 retail sales were 8.3% higher than in 1988. Led by Fountain Valley's 51.4% leap, 23 cities and the unincorporated areas increased sales over 1988's fourth quarter. Three cities had lower totals, and in one, Cypress, the difference was less than 1%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1991
Retail sales in Orange County's cities topped $4.3 billion in 1990's fourth quarter. But this number, recorded during the heavy-buying holiday season, was a decline from the previous fourth quarter, when the total was $4.4 billion. The cities' aggregate 2.7% decrease is actually a little larger because Laguna Niguel's total for the fourth quarter of 1989 was recorded in the unincorporated area whereas the 1990 total, now that Laguna Niguel is a city, added $58.9 million.
September 13, 1991
Newly released figures confirm what shop owners in many parts of the county knew last winter: Retail sales went into a tailspin amid consumer concerns over recession and impending war in the Persian Gulf. Consumers cut back primarily on big-ticket durable goods. Statewide, sales of new cars declined 2.6%; household and home furnishings, 4.4%; lumber and building materials, 10.2%, and household appliances, 6.7%, according to the research division of the State Board of Equalization.