Articles Tagged With ‘Sacramento’




Local lawmakers on maverick list

Two Republican state lawmakers from San Luis Obispo County are among the party’s most independent members, according to an analysis of voting records by the Sacramento Bee. Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (33rd District) and Sen. Sam Blakeslee (15th District) were on... (Continue reading)

Wealthy don’t flee from higher taxes

Do rising state taxes really cause millionaires to trundle off to more friendly fiscal environs? Apparently not, according to the findings of two sociologists who will be presenting their findings to lawmakers, lobbyists, reporters and others in a Sacramento appearance... (Continue reading)

Rural fire fee facing court test

A lawsuit has been filed in Sacramento challenging a $150 “fire prevention” fee now assessed on 825,000 rural properties in California. (San Jose Mercury News) The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association seeks declaration regarding the fee’s validity, and seeks refunds for... (Continue reading)

Redevelopment agency battle returns to court

The California law banning redevelopment agencies faces another challenge in court. The League of California Cities announced Monday that it filed a lawsuit in Sacramento County Superior Court against the state Department of Finance, Board on Equalization and Controller on... (Continue reading)

Public pension reform bill inked

Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday called the state’s public pension system “a big ship” which is slowly being turned in the right direction by reform legislation he’s set to sign. (Sacramento Bee) But faced with complaints that the pension reduction bill... (Continue reading)

Wood tax slips through legislature

A new tax on lumber was passed by California lawmakers over the weekend with the full support of the timber industry. (Sacramento Bee) The 1 percent increase proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown won approval by the barest of margins, 54-20,... (Continue reading)

Lawmakers attempt to revive redevelopment

Funding for redevelopment in California could be revived through four bills slated to divert property taxes for local development projects. These bills have made it to the final sprint of the state legislative session, which ends today at midnight, and are now... (Continue reading)

Central Coast lawmakers say no to gifts

Of the 23 lawmakers in Sacramento who took a righteous stand against accepting gifts by placing signs on their doors, only three adhered to the self-imposed ban. [LATimes] The rest admitted in required state disclosures that they took some gifts... (Continue reading)

CEQA faces changes

A proposal to loosen the California Environmental Quality Act is expected to be introduced in Sacramento as soon as Thursday, giving the public and lawmakers only about a week to debate and consider the controversial legislation’s fate. [SFGate] Backers of... (Continue reading)

Pols ponder private pension plan

A controversial measure establishing this country’s first state-run retirement system for private-sector employees ran into a buzz saw of opposition Wednesday in its first test in the California Assembly. (San Francisco Chronicle) Financial service, insurance and business groups weighed in... (Continue reading)