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November 12, 2003
With states, cities and counties across the nation in fiscal meltdown, could Congress be more irresponsible than to consider stripping $9 billion in annual revenue from local governments just so it can boost an already-burgeoning industry that ran through investors' billions in the last decade? As early as today, the Senate will vote on legislation to make permanent its temporary bar on state and local government taxes on the monthly access fees that customers pay to Internet service providers.
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OPINION
November 12, 2003
With states, cities and counties across the nation in fiscal meltdown, could Congress be more irresponsible than to consider stripping $9 billion in annual revenue from local governments just so it can boost an already-burgeoning industry that ran through investors' billions in the last decade? As early as today, the Senate will vote on legislation to make permanent its temporary bar on state and local government taxes on the monthly access fees that customers pay to Internet service providers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1996
Any serious discussion of Proposition 218, a constitutional amendment on local government taxes on the November ballot, logically must begin with a look back at Proposition 13, the overarching measure passed into law by voters back in 1978. The same people who helped bring us Proposition 13, and created the situation they now find so appalling, would wreak even more fiscal havoc with the ill-conceived "solution" of Proposition 218. Don't be fooled.
NEWS
October 24, 1999 | Associated Press
Officials in this town made uninhabitable by flood waters are blocking residents from asking the government to buy their homes, which are on a flood plain. Any North Carolina homeowner or business in an area prone to repeated flooding may be eligible for the buyouts, which are funded jointly by the federal and state governments. But the local government must first ask the state for the money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1997 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT and KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With shock waves from two statewide tax-limitation initiatives just now reaching the suburbs, cities are scrambling to find new dollars--and hang onto money they've already been spending--as voters in dozens of Los Angeles County cities prepare to cast ballots Tuesday in municipal elections. Voters are being asked to make decisions on taxes that in some cases they have been paying for several years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Anti-tax activists vowed Friday to use a California Supreme Court decision rendered this week to once again challenge Measure M, the 1990 transportation sales tax that generates $130 million a year. "We are going to do whatever we can to get the court to look at this," said Bill Ward, a longtime critic of the transportation tax. Invalidating Measure M could imperil the county's bankruptcy recovery effort, which is dependent on a diversion of transportation funds.
NEWS
March 18, 1991 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The high-desert town of Adelanto in San Bernardino County is a small and gritty place with 13 police officers, a one-cell jail and more tumbleweeds than people. Yet each year, more than 1,500 arrests occur there--one for every 10 residents. So when Police Chief Philip Genaway heard about a new state law allowing the county to bill him $122.90 for every person his officers booked into the county jail, his reaction was sharp.
NEWS
October 24, 1999 | Associated Press
Officials in this town made uninhabitable by flood waters are blocking residents from asking the government to buy their homes, which are on a flood plain. Any North Carolina homeowner or business in an area prone to repeated flooding may be eligible for the buyouts, which are funded jointly by the federal and state governments. But the local government must first ask the state for the money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1994
In the era that I grew up ('30s and '40s), charity was a part of everyone's life. Those that had, gave, and those that were in need, received and gave thanks. In those days my family received more than they gave, and we were always thankful for the help we received. As I grew older and became more successful in life, I found out how the givers felt when they actively donated time and material things to a person, family or charitable organization. Call it satisfying one's ego, but one feels something special when actively donating to a charity one believes is helping those who are in need and grateful for the help.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1994
In the era that I grew up (1930s and 1940s), charity was a part of everyone's life. Those that had, gave, and those that were in need, received and gave thanks. In those days my family received more than they gave and we were always thankful for the help we received. As I grew older and became more successful in life, I found out how the givers felt when they actively donated time or material things to a person, family, or charitable organization. Call it satisfying one's ego, but one feels something special when actively donating to a charity you believe is helping those in need and who are grateful for the help.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1997 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT and KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With shock waves from two statewide tax-limitation initiatives just now reaching the suburbs, cities are scrambling to find new dollars--and hang onto money they've already been spending--as voters in dozens of Los Angeles County cities prepare to cast ballots Tuesday in municipal elections. Voters are being asked to make decisions on taxes that in some cases they have been paying for several years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1996
Any serious discussion of Proposition 218, a constitutional amendment on local government taxes on the November ballot, logically must begin with a look back at Proposition 13, the overarching measure passed into law by voters back in 1978. The same people who helped bring us Proposition 13, and created the situation they now find so appalling, would wreak even more fiscal havoc with the ill-conceived "solution" of Proposition 218. Don't be fooled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Anti-tax activists vowed Friday to use a California Supreme Court decision rendered this week to once again challenge Measure M, the 1990 transportation sales tax that generates $130 million a year. "We are going to do whatever we can to get the court to look at this," said Bill Ward, a longtime critic of the transportation tax. Invalidating Measure M could imperil the county's bankruptcy recovery effort, which is dependent on a diversion of transportation funds.
NEWS
March 18, 1991 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The high-desert town of Adelanto in San Bernardino County is a small and gritty place with 13 police officers, a one-cell jail and more tumbleweeds than people. Yet each year, more than 1,500 arrests occur there--one for every 10 residents. So when Police Chief Philip Genaway heard about a new state law allowing the county to bill him $122.90 for every person his officers booked into the county jail, his reaction was sharp.
BUSINESS
May 4, 1989 | From United Press International
Tax Freedom Day for 1989 arrived today, which means starting Friday an average American worker can keep all earnings made during the rest of this year free of federal, state and local government taxes. Tax Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, said it took the average American worker 124 days--from Jan. 1 to May 4--to satisfy this year's tax obligations, assuming every dollar in the paycheck was allocated for the various taxes. The good news is that the 124-day tax bite period has remained unchanged in the last three years.
NEWS
November 6, 1986 | Alma Cook
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