May 19, 2010 |
Voters in this famously tax-averse state Tuesday night approved a temporary hike in the sales tax to stave off brutal budget cuts, handing Gov. Jan Brewer a crucial victory. The veteran Republican had shocked many in her party last year by advocating the penny sales tax increase, arguing that the state couldn't simply cut its way out of a deficit that rivals California's. Critics said it was economic suicide to raise taxes in a recession. On Tuesday night, as early returns showed two-thirds of voters agreeing with the governor, Brewer declared victory in front of supporters inside a middle school student union here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2013 |
When I scolded deadbeat Angelenos for blowing off Tuesday's election, some of them had just enough energy to return fire. "I chose not to spit into the wind anymore," wrote Lou. "It is not an embarrassment to shun an embarrassment like L.A. 'government' and L.A. politicians," wrote Loren. Just as I was about to scold them all over again, along came Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who reminded us why there's such raging cynicism in Los Angeles. Let's go back to early February, when Villaraigosa endorsed Measure A. That was the proposal for a half-cent sales-tax increase that would have raised about $200 million a year in a city with a projected annual budget shortfall of roughly that very amount for years to come.
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December 2, 2008 |
With all the ballots counted, the half-cent sales tax increase for transportation projects in Los Angeles County passed with 67.93% of the vote. The tax hike, known as Measure R, needed two-thirds approval. Measure R is expected to raise $30 billion to $40 billion over its 30-year life span, proponents say. The most expensive project it will fund is an extension of the Westside subway. The increase will begin July 1 and bring the sales tax rate in the county to 8.75%.
November 11, 2008
Re "Gov. pushes hike in sales tax, big cuts," Nov. 7 Now, let's see if I understand this correctly: On Tuesday, Nov. 4, we approved additional sales taxes for Los Angeles County with Proposition R, a 0.5-cent tax on the dollar, plus Proposition 1A for a bullet train for California. Then on Friday, Nov. 7, The Times reported that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is asking for a sales-tax increase -- 1.5 cents on the dollar -- to fund the state coffers. Also in Friday's Times, there is a report that the Department of Water and Power wants to increase our bills so they can install solar panels.
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April 29, 1989 |
A group of environmentalists is threatening to fight a proposed sales tax for traffic improvements unless the county sponsors a bond issue designed to give them perhaps $2 million or more to buy land and protect it from development. County officials say they are seriously considering the deal, which is similar to a compromise struck last year in Contra Costa County. Some proponents of the half-cent levy, though, think the environmentalists lack the clout to force the issue. "The environmental community is saying that we've been left out of the process for so long that we need something on our side for us to support a sales tax," said Elizabeth Brown, who proposed the deal as president of Laguna Greenbelt Inc., an influential environmental group.
February 20, 2009 |
We're No. 1 -- only more so. The budget deal that the Legislature reached Thursday will keep California's top personal income tax rate and sales tax rate the highest in the Union. The deal will raise personal income tax rates by 0.25 of a percentage point across the board. The highest rate, on taxable income of more than $1 million, will rise to 10.55% from 10.3%. The next-highest tax rate, on taxable income of more than $94,110 for a married couple filing jointly, will rise to 9.55% from 9.3%.