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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 […]

Port Hueneme City Council Votes to Place Local Funding Measure On November Ballot | Maintain Public Safety & Quality of Life Services

Port Hueneme City Council Votes to Place Local Funding Measure On November Ballot | Maintain Public Safety & Quality of Life Services

Port Hueneme, CA – The Port Hueneme City Council voted last night to place the Port Hueneme 911/Essential Services Measure for voter consideration on the November 2018 election. If enacted by voters, the measure would generate $1.8 million annually to support vital public safety and quality of life services. “We are pleased to place this […]

Yes, Carbon and Other Taxes Make Gas Ridiculously Expensive

Yes, Carbon and Other Taxes Make Gas Ridiculously Expensive

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views Think gas is expensive in California today?  Wait till 1/1/2020 when cap and trade goes into effect the Sacramento starts the increase of 72 cents a gallon on gas.  At that point, you will see a mass exodus of middle class families from California, government transit, […]

High Taxes Killing California Recreational Marijuana Tax Collection

High Taxes Killing California Recreational Marijuana Tax Collection

By Chriss Street California expected state and local tax bonanza from legalizing recreational marijuana sales is drastically under-performing forecast due to a high tax burden. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration reported that collection for the state’s first three months of legal sales that began on January 1, only produced $32 million of […]

Investors Entitled to Federal Preferential Tax Treatment Available on Certain Oxnard Land

Investors Entitled to Federal Preferential Tax Treatment Available on Certain Oxnard Land

Oxnard, California – Investors may be eligible for additional federal tax benefits if they invest in certain properties within the City of Oxnard. Three communities in Oxnard have recently been designated Qualified Opportunity Zones under the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  They include: Rose Park, located within the boundaries of 101 Freeway (North); Oxnard City […]

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