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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2000
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to extend the moratorium on Internet sales taxes until 2006. The measure (HR 3709) does not change the current law, under which states can impose, but not collect, sales taxes from nonresident merchants such as mail-order houses or Internet sellers. What it does do is delay or even kill removal of the unfair tax advantage that e-commerce enjoys over traditional retailing. The bill deserves to die in the Senate or be vetoed by the president.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2000
The city said Thursday that it will abandon plans to stop paying its share of county sales tax if it can get the money back in services, resources or property. County officials quickly embraced the idea. The move forestalls a threat that other cities in the county might join in a tax revolt. Ventura Mayor Sandy Smith will talk with county officials next week about ways to be reimbursed for the $572,000 Ventura will pay in county sales tax this year.
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