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After Strike, Los Angeles Teachers Union Aim at Killing Prop. 13

After Strike, Los Angeles Teachers Union Aim at Killing Prop. 13

. By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views The 2020 election will decide if California corporations, the major one’s, will stay in California.  It will decide if they can afford to stay in a Socialists paradise.  Taxes on water, higher income taxes—probably almost a dollar extra in gas taxes (79 cents is ALREADY planned as […]

As Governor Releases First Budget Proposal, CA Controller Reports State Closed 2018 Short of Expectations

As Governor Releases First Budget Proposal, CA Controller Reports State Closed 2018 Short of Expectations

SACRAMENTO — On the day Governor Gavin Newsom proposed his first budget, State Controller Betty T. Yee reported California’s revenues in December fell short of assumptions in the 2018-19 fiscal year budget by $4.82 billion. For the fiscal year, revenues of $55.63 billion are 4.4 percent ($2.54 billion) less than projected in the budget, which […]

Ventura | Assuring You Pay More💲

Ventura | Assuring You Pay More💲

  “I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you’ve earned, but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.” —Thomas Jefferson Ventura Water will push the boundaries of the law as it tries to use Proposition 218 to raise money to meet the Wishtoya Foundation Consent Decree. […]

Southern California homeowners rush to sell: Listings up 42% to 4-year high

Southern California homeowners rush to sell: Listings up 42% to 4-year high

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views Are we about to feel the effects of the high Sacramento taxes, the low quality schools, high cost of living and taxes that are about to bury us?  Plus in 2020 a ballot measure that could kill hundreds of thousands of California jobs—the Split Roll Tax […]

OPINION | California is a Failed Model No Matter How You Look At It

OPINION | California is a Failed Model No Matter How You Look At It

. Vance Ginn and Elliott Raia | Director and Research Associate, Center for Economic Prosperity When you have to begin an argument with “depending on how you look at it,” you’re not arguing from a strong position. Yet such has become the answer to the question of, “Is California a good role model?” posed recently […]

The House Gets Bi-Partisan. They Should Have Had a Food Fight Instead

The House Gets Bi-Partisan. They Should Have Had a Food Fight Instead

  By Thomas L. Knapp So much for gridlock. On September 12, the US House of Representatives proved that its members can in fact reach across the aisle to find common ground. On taxes? Spending? Foreign policy? Well, no. They agreed, on a voice vote, that they should get to decide what you can or […]

SALT Shakeup | So Much for “Their Fair Share”

SALT Shakeup | So Much for “Their Fair Share”

  by Thomas L. Knapp On August 23, the Internal Revenue Service announced new rules on the  federal income tax’s State and Local Tax deduction. The rules are intended to thwart an interesting scam several state governments worked up to “save” that deduction. It’s an interesting reversal of the two major parties’ usual talking points. […]

Camarillo | Tax Scam — Beware

Camarillo | Tax Scam — Beware

The Camarillo Police Department would like to warn the public about a current scam. Several residents have received phone calls from someone claiming they owe taxes and that if they  don’t  pay the taxes over the phone they will be arrested. This is a SCAM! This message and many others like it ultimately say that […]

CA Controller Publishes 2017 Salary Data for Special Districts

CA Controller Publishes 2017 Salary Data for Special Districts

SACRAMENTO — State Controller Betty T. Yee today updated her Government Compensation in California website to include 2017 self-reported data for special districts.  The data cover a total of 165,013 positions, $9.21 billion in wages, and $2.79 billion in health and retirement costs for 3,043 special districts. Users of the site can: View compensation levels […]

Port Hueneme Takes Tax Path of Least Resistance

Port Hueneme Takes Tax Path of Least Resistance

    By Tom Figg Earlier this month, the Port Hueneme City Council authorized placement of a 1-cent transaction and use tax on the November ballot by a 4-1 vote. I was the lone dissenter. If approved, the measure would increase Port Hueneme’s overall sales tax rate to the highest level within Ventura County. The […]

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