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July 21, 2011
One that got away Re "Obama should have fought for Warren on consumer agency," Business, July 19 I agree with David Lazarus that Elizabeth Warren is the most qualified person to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. So I'm stunned that President Obama, who touts his support for consumers, would so quickly abandon his support for Warren. Lazarus notes that Warren had "drawn fire from the financial services industry [and] its friends in the Republican Party.
January 1, 1998 | Capitol Alert News Service
A turf war has broken out among state lawmakers scrambling for a piece of the $25 million to $30 million in tax revenue generated from the sale of nearly $500 million worth of jet fuel in California every year.
November 5, 1989
Voters have approved a huge increase in tobacco taxes and they have approved many bond measures that will have to be repaid with our tax dollars. It appears that some of us still have money left for groceries. To stop such waste of our money, we are being asked to increase our sales taxes: Measure M on Tuesday. Measure M's intent is to relieve traffic congestion. The true effect of the tax increase would be to allow more building in undeveloped areas of Orange County and to add more and more cars to our streets.
August 27, 1989
Those driving on our highways ought to pay more in taxes to build more roads to alleviate congestion, and to encourage conservation with more car-pooling and the driving of more fuel-efficient cars. On the June, 1990, ballot, Gov. George Deukmejian is sponsoring a (ballot measure for a) 5-cent hike in the gasoline tax. It is worthy of all our support. However, the Orange County Transportation Commission is calling an expensive special election to try to increase the sales tax from 6% to 6.5%.
February 16, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Five of the seven candidates seeking to represent a major portion of South Los Angeles on the City Council said Saturday they oppose the sales tax hike on the March 5 ballot, arguing it would disproportionately harm low-income residents. Appearing at their first candidate forum, the contenders seeking to replace Councilwoman Jan Perry staked out positions on public safety, economic development and Proposition A, which would bring the city's tax rate to 9.5%, among the highest in the state.
July 22, 2011
Any action of the Legislature can be overturned by voter referendum — almost. The state Constitution explicitly exempts tax measures. So how can circulate petitions to overturn ABx1 28, the law that requires online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made by California consumers? Simple: The so-called Amazon-tax law isn't a tax at all. It doesn't impose any new obligation on Californians, who have been required for decades to pay sales taxes on goods purchased from out-of-state sellers.
February 8, 2003 | From Associated Press
Some major retailers this week began voluntarily charging online sales taxes in 37 states and the District of Columbia, a move that could reshape the way business is done on the Web. Nationwide retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Toys R Us Inc. and Target Corp., hope they eventually can persuade states to mandate online sales taxes, leveling the playing field against Internet-only rivals.
September 4, 1998 | Reuters
Texas Gov. George W. Bush, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2000, moved to bolster his image as a tax-cutter Thursday by asking the state Legislature to trim sales taxes on some items. The proposed cuts, on items such as diapers, nonprescription medicines and Internet access, would save consumers about $400 million, or $70 per family, over the next two years, he told a news conference. Bush said tax cuts were possible because the state government is expected to have a $3.
November 27, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
TVs and laptops won't be the only hot items in South Carolina this Black Friday. The state is offering a perk to shoppers: no sales tax on handguns, rifles and shotguns. The so-called 2nd Amendment Weekend comes thanks to a little-debated amendment that legislators tacked onto a tax break for energy-efficient appliances. On Friday and Saturday, gun buyers won't have to pay state and local sales taxes that can total 8%. Taxes still apply to ammunition and accessories. "Quite often people will buy their pop or grandpop a shotgun or rifle to hunt with for Christmas," said Republican state Rep. Mike Pitts, who introduced the proposal.
November 1, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A proposal to eliminate sales taxes on food and over-the-counter medicine will stay on next week's ballot, the state Supreme Court ruled. According to various estimates, removing the tax would cut $200 million to $500 million from government budgets. A poll this summer found that more than 70% in Arkansas favored exempting groceries and nonprescription drugs from the sales tax.
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