May 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate gave strong bipartisan approval to landmark legislation that could largely lead to the end of the nation's decades-long Internet sales tax holiday. Now the issue shifts to the more skeptical, Republican-controlled House, where the debate will revolve around one fundamental question: Does helping governments collect an existing and owed tax constitute a tax increase? The Marketplace Fairness Act, approved 69-27 Monday by the Senate, gives states the authority to require larger online retailers with no physical presence in those states to collect sales taxes that residents already are obligated to pay. Many states, including California, are expected to jump at the chance to start collecting an estimated $23 billion in total sales tax revenue that is lost to online, catalog and other so-called remote sales each year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2010 |
The Glendale City Council this week gave its blessing to a proposed 338,000-square-foot expansion of Walt Disney Co.'s creative campus. The plans call for a six-story office building walled largely in glass, landscaping with palm trees and a park-like area for outdoor activities. "It's a beautiful project," Councilwoman Laura Friedman, chairwoman of the Glendale Redevelopment Agency, said during a public hearing on the development. "It's going to look terrific and certainly improve the area aesthetically."
July 27, 1986
In answer to reader Janis David's question, "Where's the cat" in Letters June 22, in reference to my article on house swapping June 8, Bubbles, our Siamese, more perceptive than her family, moved next door to our neighbors' shortly after she met the exchangers. Numerous people have inquired about this; I should have put it in my article. JUDITH SPECHT Malibu
October 4, 1998
Good to see recognition of alternatives to San Francisco airport (Travel Insider, Sept. 13). Earning award mileage on United, and noting a good fare to the Bay Area, I found the lowest rate was to Oakland. Thus booked, I made my way to the United Shuttle gates at LAX, and found two planes to SFO both off schedule. But all was clear for my Oakland-bound flight to board, leave on time and arrive on time. At the Oakland terminal I caught a frequently running shuttle bus to the BART station, and a train to downtown San Francisco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1986
Members of Congress may try to deny the harsh truth of the matter, but they have finally given President Reagan carte blanche to wage his dirty little war against Nicaragua. Reagan wanted the House of Representatives to approve $100 million in military aid for the contra rebels in Nicaragua so that they could continue their war against the Sandinista government there.