October 1, 2013 |
Among the many delusions guiding the Republican campaign against the Affordable Care Act, surely the most consistent is the idea that the public detests the law and is clamoring for repeal. Here's the truth: The American public loves Obamacare, with as many as 88% in favor, according to one survey. How can that be, when polls regularly show a plurality of respondents with an "unfavorable" view of Obamacare? (In a September Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll , the difference was 43% unfavorable to 39% favorable.)
August 21, 2013 |
Movies starring Vanessa Hudgens, Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner have begun filming in Los Angeles, adding some celebrity sizzle to brisk feature film activity this quarter. Sony's Columbia Pictures has started production on "The Kitchen Sink," a movie starring Hudgens ("Sucker Punch" and "High School Musical") about teens who face an army of aliens with help from a group of vampires and zombies. The 37-day shoot already has included several nights at Van Nuys High School, a warehouse in the city of Bell, Temple City's City Hall building and an old armory in Santa Clarita that was converted into a "zombie town," location manager Wes Hagan said Tuesday.
August 4, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Business is a top priority for the Legislature this year, California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez says as members return Monday for a final six weeks of lawmaking in 2013. Already this year, he boasts, the Legislature has overhauled the enterprise-zone program and created a sales-tax credit for research, development and manufacturing equipment. Getting the package passed and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown before the summer recess was "huge," said Pérez a Los Angeles Democrat)
August 2, 2013 |
The movie "42" arrived in theaters this spring swaddled snugly in the American flag. Studio marketers declared the film to be "the true story of an American legend. " With good reason: It's hard to find a more uplifting sports story than Jackie Robinson's battle against racism on his way to becoming one of the greatest ballplayers in history. "42" evoked its bygone era by filming extensively in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. The filmmakers collected millions in subsidies from those states' taxpayers, who proudly followed the production via local newspaper stories detailing its step-by-step progress from location to location.
July 19, 2013 |
Let's get this out of the way right up front: I feel like a guy who's continually making excuses for a friend who repeatedly messes up. For supporters (such as myself) of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, Friday presented another occasion to make excuses. This time it was the stunning news that Anthem Blue Cross will not offer group plans to small employers through a new, subsidized marketplace being set up by Covered California -- at least not in the exchange's first year.
July 11, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See below for details. California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law new measures aimed at revamping the state's incentives for economic development. The new legislation includes hiring credits for companies in areas blighted with the highest jobless rates, a sales tax exemption on tools for manufacturing and research and development equipment for biotech firms, and tax incentives for companies that create jobs and pay the highest wages.
June 20, 2013 |
On the drawing board, enterprise zones were a good idea. The state identified 40 economically distressed parts of the state where businesses would get tax breaks if they located there and hired local workers. They would be good for small companies: Tax credits for them could make the difference between staying in business or failing. They would be good for many workers: Employers who otherwise wouldn't give them a second look would instead give them training and job opportunities. They would be good for disadvantaged communities: Areas that were economically distressed would be able to demonstrate that they were good for business, could attract more employers and move more people from the unemployment rolls to the tax rolls.
June 15, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - A battle is raging over a California program that grants businesses tax breaks for creating jobs but prevents the public from knowing who got them and why. At issue are enterprise zones, which were established to boost employment in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods and rural areas. California is home to 40 of these special districts, in which about 35,000 companies have qualified for tax credits. Last year they reaped an estimated $700 million in credits - a figure that state tax officials project will grow to $1 billion by 2016.
June 5, 2013 |
The hit series "Teen Wolf" is a top-ranked cable show among young viewers. It also ranks at the top of the list when it comes to receiving California film tax breaks. On Tuesday, the MTV series was approved for an estimated $11-million tax credit for its fourth season -- by far the highest among 31 projects that won a piece of the $100 million the state awards annually to film and TV projects, state records reviewed by the Los Angeles Times show. TV shows are eligible to receive a tax credit equivalent to 20% of qualified production costs.
June 3, 2013 |
The California Film Commission saw a nearly 20% jump in the number applications for its annual film tax credit lottery. The Film Commission said 380 projects had applied for a piece of the $100 million the state allocates annually for film and television projects. That's up nearly 18% from a year ago, when only 28 projects were approved for credits -- the same number that were approved on Monday. Film Commission officials said the winning projects would be identified Tuesday, after applicants have been notified.