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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Proposals to lower the voter-approval threshold for various local tax increases from two-thirds to 55% got sidetracked Tuesday, with even some Democrats saying more consideration is needed. Rather than send the four constitutional amendments to the Senate floor, a senate panel referred the measures to the Senate Rules Committee to be “held for a broader conversation,” according to Sen. Norma Torres (D-Pomona). The chairwoman of the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee said the detour was justified because “Each is very important and they have huge policy questions” that deserve more consideration.
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BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Private space companies, such as SpaceX in Hawthorne, would get a local property tax break on launch vehicles, fuel, satellites and other gear under a bill approved overwhelmingly Thursday by the state Senate. The proposal, AB 777 by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), would create the exemption from local property taxes for a 10-year period that would end Jan. 1, 2024. Legislation is needed to modernize the state's tax code to encourage companies such as billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX to build their rockets and spacecraft in California, Muratsuchi said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The budget won't be the only big issue being considered by the Assembly on Friday. Democrats have scheduled a vote on a controversial constitutional amendment that would make it easier for cities and counties to raise property taxes or issue bonds to pay for infrastructure improvements. Under the amendment, bond issue proposals would need only 55% of the vote to pass, rather than the current two-thirds. The same reduced threshold would apply to votes on raising property taxes to cover the cost of the borrowing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Proposals to lower the voter-approval threshold for various local tax increases from two-thirds to 55% got sidetracked Tuesday, with even some Democrats saying more consideration is needed. Rather than send the four constitutional amendments to the Senate floor, a senate panel referred the measures to the Senate Rules Committee to be “held for a broader conversation,” according to Sen. Norma Torres (D-Pomona). The chairwoman of the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee said the detour was justified because “Each is very important and they have huge policy questions” that deserve more consideration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2011 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Californians would let local officials put new taxes on cigarettes, sugary drinks, liquor and oil pumped from the ground if voters in their communities said it was OK, a new poll shows. Local governments cannot tax such products in California now. But a proposal being vigorously debated in the Capitol would allow cities, counties and more than 1,000 school boards to add their own levies and give local voters final say. Nearly 60% of those polled supported such a change. The sentiment spanned all age groups and every region of the state, according to the bipartisan survey by The Times and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
NEWS
February 28, 1985 | United Press International
Senators from the nation's two largest states today charged that a Treasury Department proposal to eliminate the federal deduction for local taxes will hurt a host of local services and hike the cost of education. At a joint news conference, Sens. Alan Cranston and Pete Wilson of California and Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Alfonse M.
NEWS
December 27, 1989 | From Times staff and Wire reports
State and local taxes are soaring almost everywhere in the United States, with New Hampshire still a rare "tax heaven" and Hawaii earning the nickname of "tax hell," Money magazine said. The New York-based magazine ranked states and the District of Columbia for their tax burdens, after calculating actual taxes in each state for a hypothetical family of four with an annual income of $61,373.
NEWS
October 25, 1985 | TOM REDBURN and KAREN TUMULTY, Times Staff Writers
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.), scrambling to build support for a comprehensive tax-overhaul package, is leaning toward a major concession that would maintain the current federal deduction for state and local taxes, members of the panel said Thursday night. The issue has been one of the key stumbling blocks to an overall compromise on tax revision.
NEWS
May 30, 1985 | PAUL HOUSTON, Times Staff Writer
President Reagan's proposal to eliminate the federal deductions for state and local taxes quickly became the most controversial part of his sweeping tax reform package as debate began Wednesday on Capitol Hill. "It's the hottest issue we are working with," said Rep. Robert T. Matsui (D-Sacramento), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which originates tax legislation. Already, Rep. Thomas J. Downey (D-N.Y.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1993
In an attempt to stave off a looming budget crisis, the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to sponsor state legislation that would impose local taxes on banks and savings and loans. Financial institutions became exempt from local taxes in the 1970s when the state preempted the levies imposed by Los Angeles and other cities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The budget won't be the only big issue being considered by the Assembly on Friday. Democrats have scheduled a vote on a controversial constitutional amendment that would make it easier for cities and counties to raise property taxes or issue bonds to pay for infrastructure improvements. Under the amendment, bond issue proposals would need only 55% of the vote to pass, rather than the current two-thirds. The same reduced threshold would apply to votes on raising property taxes to cover the cost of the borrowing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Opponents of UCLA's proposed 250-room hotel and conference center on campus have filed a lawsuit that challenges the project's tax exemptions and contends it would not be financially viable if it paid all the federal and local taxes required of commercial hotels. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court late Wednesday by the Save Westwood Village organization and others, also says that existing UCLA guesthouses and visitor centers already break laws by not charging overnight guests occupancy taxes.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Hiking, camping, hunting and fishing, among other outdoor activities, help generate $85.4 billion in annual spending in California, more than any other state in the country, according to a new study. Spending on outdoor recreation in the state also helps support 732,000 jobs and generates $6.7 billion in state and local taxes, according to the study by the Outdoor Industry Assn., the trade group for outdoor retailers, manufacturers and others. The report represents the first time that the organization has broken out the spending by individual state.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
You may be unaware of the local ramifications of one of the proposals currently at play in the danse macabre that passes for fiscal negotiations in Washington. This is the plan to cap federal tax deductions at either a set figure or a percentage of income. Either way, it would strike deepest and hardest mostly at residents of California, as well as other populous states with high levels of government services, high state and local taxes, and relatively expensive housing. The mortgage interest and state and local tax deductions are among the most important tax breaks that would be capped under this sort of proposal.
OPINION
December 11, 2011
It's an increasingly common sight at the mall: shoppers using their smartphones to scan the barcode of an item they like and checking its price online. Some scanning applications go further, letting shoppers buy the item from a competing Web retailer with just a few taps on the screen. The largest online seller, Amazon.com, even offers customers up to $5 off the items they scan in other companies' stores. The brick-and-mortar shops may be able to match their online rivals' discounts, but there's one competitive disadvantage they can't overcome: Many online retailers do not collect sales taxes from customers outside of the state where they are headquartered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2011 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Californians would let local officials put new taxes on cigarettes, sugary drinks, liquor and oil pumped from the ground if voters in their communities said it was OK, a new poll shows. Local governments cannot tax such products in California now. But a proposal being vigorously debated in the Capitol would allow cities, counties and more than 1,000 school boards to add their own levies and give local voters final say. Nearly 60% of those polled supported such a change. The sentiment spanned all age groups and every region of the state, according to the bipartisan survey by The Times and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
BUSINESS
August 21, 1990 | From United Press International
Residents of Alaska pay the most in state and local taxes on a per-capita basis, and Mississippians the least, a survey found. Commerce Clearing House reported in its State Tax Review that per-capita tax burdens rose in the District of Columbia and 47 states in fiscal 1988--the last year for which data were available--and declined in only three states: Oregon, West Virginia and Wyoming. California collected the most tax money--$55.2 billion--followed by New York, $52.5 billion; Texas, $25.
NEWS
October 2, 1986 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Fittingly, the last hurrah of tax crusader Howard Jarvis turned out to be squarely in the Jarvis spirit--a people's initiative to make it harder for local governments to raise taxes. In the months before he died last August, Jarvis drew up Proposition 62, saw to it that it qualified for the November ballot and then campaigned for its passage. He said it was needed to plug a gaping hole driven into his landmark property tax-cutting Proposition 13 by the California Supreme Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2011 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- Democratic lawmakers are rushing to meet a Wednesday deadline with a spending plan that would tax purchases from online outlets such as Amazon.com, bump up car registration fees and local sales tax rates and impose a new fee on residents in fire zones. The plan also would cut from higher education, public safety and courts; defer billions of dollars in payments; and revive a plan to sell state buildings that was abandoned months ago after being deemed too costly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
State auditors would be given new power to dig into cities' financial books to ferret out the kinds of fraud and fiscal abuse alleged in Bell under proposals made Tuesday by state lawmakers. State Controller John Chiang requested the new authority to address shortcomings in the state's ability to identify financial irregularities in cities like Bell, where eight current and former city officials have been arrested and charged with misusing funds. "The city of Bell has been a vivid illustration of the devastation that can occur when there is little accountability over how local dollars are spent in our communities," Chiang said.
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