CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1994 |
In what has become an annual ritual, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday shook out all the old purses and checked pockets for the spare change--make that spare millions--that is badly needed to balance the precarious $14.5-billion budget. Three months into the new fiscal year, the time had come for the supervisors to finalize the annual spending plan, and as in most years they were facing more needs than revenues.
April 13, 1994 |
This is the Southland's Big Sur, the final stretch of pristine coastline in Southern California--20 miles of mesa stretching from this oceanfront suburb up the coast to Gaviota. Still undeveloped--but also unprotected--this swath of shoreline is home to great blue herons, snowy egrets, red foxes and great-horned owls. Rolling fields are carpeted with mustard, lupine and thigh-high grass. Monarch butterflies roost in stands of eucalyptus.
August 5, 2012 |
Promoters of ideological campaigns just love college professors. That may sound implausible, but it's not so hard to understand: Attaching a professor's name to your cause confers instant credibility and projects objectivity, there are lots of professors around, and their professional work may be so technical and abstruse that no one will know if they really do support your position. As a result, it's a rare campaign that won't at one point or another publish a list of faculty members, jangling with PhDs, backing it up. One wonders if that explains the strange relationship between the right-wing multimillionaire Joe Ricketts and Selahattin and Ayse Imrohoroglu, a Turkish-born husband-and-wife team of economists at the University of Southern California.
November 22, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - When Republicans in Congress say they are willing to put tax revenues on the table in budget talks with President Obama, that offer obscures a divide within their ranks that could thwart a year-end fiscal compromise. Most Republicans are willing to limit popular income tax deductions as part of a tax overhaul that also lowers rates - a combination they believe will spur economic growth and eventually produce more revenue. But some are less enthusiastic about simply capping those deductions alone, even on upper-income households as Obama prefers, which would create immediate revenue that can be applied to a broad deficit-reduction package.
August 30, 1991 |
There were no signs of an economic recovery in the latest batch of tax revenue figures from state governments, according to a study. California showed a 4.9% drop in revenues as overall second-quarter tax revenues rose a meager 2% over the same period of 1990, the Center for the Study of the States reported. If tax rates had not been raised in some states last year, the nationwide revenues would have declined by 1%, the center said.
May 3, 2012 |
Are Americans taxed too much or too little? The answer depends on your frame of reference. The Tax Foundation released a report Thursday declaring that Americans will cumulatively pay more in federal, state and local taxes this year than they spend on food, clothing and shelter. That's not exactly new news. Total tax payments exceeded total spending on food, clothing and housing in all but one year from 1987 until the latest downturn. So if the foundation's projection for 2012 holds true, it merely will be the resumption of a trend after a three-year recession-fueled lapse.
January 23, 2011 |
Are you worried about the mortgage interest deduction going away? After all, it's a high-profile, high-cost target for federal budget cutters ? and was prominently featured in the report of the presidential deficit-reduction commission late last year. Reformers have been trying to kill or at least clamp a ceiling on these write-offs for decades. But here's an intriguing twist that has just emerged on Capitol Hill and that might bring some encouragement to homeowners, realty agents and builders who strongly oppose any cutbacks in tax benefits.
November 3, 1991
After you're done gasping, you realize there must be a mistake or the article is poorly organized. Walnut's City Council will "pursue the annexation of Forest Lawn Memorial Park . . . to bolster the city's tax revenues" (Times, Oct. 13). The process begins by requesting that the "Forest Lawn cemetery be placed within Walnut's 'sphere of influence.' " Taxes from the cemetery! And we only thought we got away after death! What tax revolt can possibly arise from this--Proposition Deep Six?