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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Internet Sales Tax Case

December 2, 2013 | 1:16 pm

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Internet Sales Tax Case

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Bottom line: Online sales tax collections in California, New York and elsewhere will continue.

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The Online Sales Tax You’re Supposed to Pay But Don’t…

April 13, 2012 | 2:59 pm

The Online Sales Tax You’re Supposed to Pay But Don’t…

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As April 17 approaches, state leaders in Sacramento are nervously waiting to see what kind of tax revenue comes in — and thus, how big a budget they can hash out. One source of revenue the state shouldn’t be counting on: the use tax. The Board of Equalization estimates that annually $1 billion in unpaid […]

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December 6, 2011 | 11:45 am

Video: The Daily Show on California’s Direct Democracy

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The Daily Show really needs to start paying royalties to California politicians. Last night, it was current Democratic Party Chairman and Official State Potty Mouth John Burton, along with GOP Assemblyman and former Minuteman Tim Donnelly, who served as props in the burgeoning cottage industry of making fun of our government. In this bit, John […]

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Governor Signs Amazon Compromise Bill; No Online Sales Tax For at Least a Year

September 23, 2011 | 12:44 pm

Governor Signs Amazon Compromise Bill; No Online Sales Tax For at Least a Year

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As expected, Jerry Brown signed AB 155, the compromise hammered out between California legislators, big off-line retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, and Amazon.com concerning a law enacted in June requiring online retailers to collect sales tax from customers. Previously, they had been exempt from that obligation because of a Supreme Court ruling, which prevented states […]

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Democrats, Retailers Say “No Sale” to Amazon Offer on Sales Tax

September 2, 2011 | 4:25 pm

Democrats, Retailers Say “No Sale” to Amazon Offer on Sales Tax

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On Tuesday, at the behest of state Republicans, Amazon.com made offline retailers having trouble competing with the online sales giant as well as Democrats having trouble finding revenue to run the state an offer both, apparently, could refuse. In exchange for delaying the recently passed law requiring web retailers to collect sales tax from their […]

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Morning Splash: 7 Gas Leaks Found Near Cupertino Explosion; Oakland Crime Woes; Dems, Retailers Pan Amazon Offer on Sales Tax

September 2, 2011 | 7:47 am

Morning Splash: 7 Gas Leaks Found Near Cupertino Explosion; Oakland Crime Woes; Dems, Retailers Pan Amazon Offer on Sales Tax

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PG&E finds 7 gas leaks near Cupertino explosion that burned home (San Jose Mercury News) A day after federal investigators chastised PG&E for “a “litany of failures” in last year’s San Bruno blast, a loud explosion blew away a Cupertino home’s garage door, and several underground gas pipes in the area were found leaking, authorities […]

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Morning Splash: Laid-Off SJ Firefighters Return; Hancock Moves to Thwart Amazon Referendum; Assembly Committee Kills Death Penalty Rollback

August 26, 2011 | 7:44 am

Morning Splash: Laid-Off SJ Firefighters Return; Hancock Moves to Thwart Amazon Referendum; Assembly Committee Kills Death Penalty Rollback

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22 laid-off San Jose firefighters back on the job (San Jose Mercury News) Nearly half of the 49 San Jose firefighters laid off last year amid a record budget shortfall will be back on the job starting Friday thanks to a federal bailout. The $15 million, two-year fire staffing grant through the Federal Emergency Management […]

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August 15, 2011 | 3:09 pm

Coalition Calls for Californians to Boycott Amazon Over Sales Tax Issue; Loni Hancock Statement

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In what could be a test of your principles versus your ability to buy Season Four of “Mad Men” at a really low price, a coalition of anti-poverty groups is calling for Californians to boycott Amazon.com over the online sales tax issue. Here’s the group’s web site, ThinkBeforeYouClickCA.org, which includes a petition letter to Amazon […]

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Amazon Sales Tax May Be Put on Hold If Referendum Submitted by Company Qualifies

July 26, 2011 | 9:44 am

Amazon Sales Tax May Be Put on Hold If Referendum Submitted by Company 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 holds, it may raise the stakes for a budget written with an expectation of at […]

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Morning Splash: BART Protest Caused Major Delays; PG&E Court Filing Deflects Blame for San Bruno; Amazon Pushes Referendum on Sales Tax

July 12, 2011 | 7:11 am

Morning Splash: BART Protest Caused Major Delays; PG&E Court Filing Deflects Blame for San Bruno; Amazon Pushes Referendum on Sales Tax

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BART protest causes major delays in service (SF Chronicle) A raucous crowd of demonstrators protesting the fatal police shooting of a man on a BART platform stormed into the Civic Center Station in San Francisco Monday afternoon and caused major service delays as they tussled with police and shouted racial epithets at transit officials. Riot […]

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