Category Archives: Taxes

Brown Touts (Almost) Deal on Jobs

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Governor Jerry Brown was once famous for declaring an “era of limits,” and today’s news conference on a bipartisan jobs agreement brought to mind that classic quip in that the news was, well, limited: Brown’s announcement reached half a deal… … Continue reading »


Amazon Tax Suspended If Referendum Qualifies?

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Legislative lawyers believe that if a referendum on the new law requiring sales tax collection by online retailers qualifies for the ballot, the law will have to be put on hold until the voters have their say. If that opinion … Continue reading »


Does Brown's Budget Have a Pulse?

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Shortly after Senate Republicans, even those who have been negotiating with Governor Jerry Brown, told reporters that they wouldn’t vote to conditionally extend Brown’s tax package, the so-called “bridge” plan, the leader of the Senate’s majority party offered the quote … Continue reading »


Let Us Vote, Watch Us Say 'No'

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Public opinion polling isn’t always predictive of an electoral outcome. And no one is probably hoping that’s true more at this point than Governor Jerry Brown. A brand new statewide poll offers virtually no change from previous surveys this year… … Continue reading »


GOP Unveils Deficit Fix, Sans Taxes

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Responding to Governor Jerry Brown’s call to provide an alternative to his plan for solving the state’s fiscal crisis, Assembly Republicans have released a budget blueprint which relies on cuts, revenues, and transfers… but no taxes. Like balloonists tossing over … Continue reading »


Locals Can Tax Themselves, Says Democratic Plan

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More government services in the Bay Area? Fewer in the Inland Empire? You’d be forgiven if you think that’s a rehash of last week’s debate over budget cuts targeted at GOP communities. But it could also be the shape of … Continue reading »


Watching the Tax Dollars Come In

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Wednesday 10:49 a.m. update: The last two days since this posting was written have been huge for income tax receipts — almost $1.9 billion in just 48 hours, thus putting the state on a path to possibly exceeding expectations. No … Continue reading »


A Wobbly Budget Balancing Act

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The famous Flying Wallendas have nothing on Governor Jerry Brown as he tries to walk a tightrope between the towers of political paralysis in Sacramento. Of course, Brown still hasn’t pulled off the stunt… and, depending on who you believe, … Continue reading »


Tax Fight: The Prequel

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Sooner or later, we knew the state budget saga this year would include a debate about taxes. We just didn’t know it would come so soon.


Our "Business Exodus" Report Gets New Data

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“The annual net employment change in California due to relocation — a loss of about 9,000 jobs — represents only 0.05% of California‚Äôs 18 million jobs.” And with that, new data today from the Public Policy Institute of California again … Continue reading »