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January 12, 2015

I applaud Senator Hertzberg for initiating a much-needed discussion on the future of tax policy in California.  We need to modernize the state General Fund tax base to better reflect the information and service based-economy of the 21st century, and ensure that state and local governments have sufficient resources to make investments in human capital and physical infrastructure needed for California to grow and prosper.

January 12, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget proposal is really boring. It's bare-bones — for a Democrat — and hardly bold. But mostly it's smart.

It's a brake on what otherwise could be a return to runaway spending in Sacramento.

It's vintage Brown and the main reason he has been reelected to a record fourth term.

OK, it's not perfect.

Tax reform bill's goal of bringing together Democrats, Republicans is getting a surprisingly warm reception

January 12, 2015

By Marc Lifsher

Even though a new crop of lawmakers has arrived at the Capitol, some old favorite issues have never left. Notably taxes.

Already under discussion this year are tax increases on wealthy people's incomes, cigarettes, crude oil, commercial property and more. Supporters are gearing up; so are opponents.

But one veteran Los Angeles politician has much bigger ambitions: State Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) has introduced a bill he hopes to use as a vehicle for a sweeping overhaul of California's state and local tax structure.

Lawmaker’s first Senate measure lays groundwork for future

January 12, 2015

SACRAMENTO – In a bid to spur upward mobility for all California residents, Sen. Bob Hertzberg has released his plan to revitalize education funding, jumpstart job creation and foster improved state finances and business climate through a review of the state’s boom-and-bust tax structure.

By Sen. Bob Hertzberg, Edward Kleinbard and Laura Tyson

January 7, 2015

As the new Legislature settles in, students are protesting tuition increases while the state faces yet another funding crisis for higher education. This has set lawmakers abuzz about what tax plan should replace Gov. Jerry Brown's temporary increase that will soon wind down and that he vows not to renew.

This welcome debate should not once more be about cobbling together short-term measures. Instead, it ought to be about a vision of California and how that should shape our tax system, not vice versa.

January 6, 2015


Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León announced assignments today

SACRAMENTO – California State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, today released the following statement upon his appointment today by Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León to the four additional Senate committees: Elections and Constitutional Amendments; Energy, Utilities and Communications; Judiciary; and Natural Resources and Water.

January 6, 2015

The longest-serving governor in California history took the oath of office for a record fourth time Monday. And in his fourth inaugural address, Democrat Jerry Brown cited history as the basis for a cautious final-term agenda.

Brown took the oath of office in the Assembly chambers at the state Capitol, administered by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

Yet on this historic day, Brown chose to spend the bulk of his speech not on his fourth term, but on his third.

Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, likes governor's goals

January 5, 2015

Watch, listen to Sen. Bob Hertzberg's reaction to today's State-of-the-State speech by Gov. Brown by clicking on the link below. 

Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, likes governor's goals

January 5, 2015

Watch, listen to Sen. Bob Hertzberg react to Gov. Brown's State-of-the-State address by clicking on the link below.

Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, likes governor's goals

January 5, 2015

Watch, lisen to Sen. Bob Hertzberg's reaction to Gov. Brown's State-of-the-State address by clicking on the link below. 

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