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February 10, 1991
I think your poll on a jail sales tax is misleading. The majority of people oppose such a tax, and rightly they should. Sales taxes are the most regressive and most unfair form of taxation generally used. In Orange County, we are heading for a 10% tax on sales. People should realize they are being grossly misled by the Republican cry, "No new taxes." What this means is: "Don't restore income taxes to previous levels because we can get the money we want through sales taxes." In this way, the poor and middle class pay a much larger share and the wealthy see practically no effect.
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.
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%.
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.
October 16, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Two new warehouses in Northern California have shipped their first customer orders, well ahead of the Christmas rush. A million-square-foot fulfillment center in Tracy, south of Sacramento, sent a book titled "Raise the Bar" to a Menlo Park reader. A similar facility in nearby Patterson shipped a curtain rod to a Florida buyer, Amazon said. Photos: Top Halloween costumes for kids Between the two centers, Amazon has hired more than 700 full-time employees to pick, pack and ship customer orders," the Seattle company said.
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.
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.
July 13, 2011
Good bad news Re "Phone hacking scandal widens," July 12 I could not be more pleased at the damage inflicted on Rupert Murdoch's global misinformation machine. I regret the harm done to the victims of Murdoch's stooges, but I'm pleased the perpetrators have been caught and will probably pay a heavy price. I hope the left in Britain and the United States will take advantage of Murdoch's weakened state as an opportunity to inflict even more damage on him. As an expat American, I especially hope the left in my country will exploit every opportunity to use these and any further charges that may emerge against Murdoch's stooges at Fox News.
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.
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