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By John Diaz, editorial page editor, on SB 8

January 17, 2015

In his 12 years away from the California Legislature, former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg played a significant behind-the-scenes role on a succession of reforms: redistricting, term limits, top-two primary and lowering the threshold for budget approval to a simple majority. His experience and contacts helped elevate the efforts of good-government groups such as California Forward and Think Long.

By Joel Fox

January 15, 2015
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Thursday, January 15th, 2015

One goal Senator Robert Hertzberg hopes to accomplish with his major tax reform legislation, SB 8, is to improve business conditions in the state. The obvious question: Does that objective have to come with a $10 billion price tag?

By B.J. Hansen, MML News Director

January 14, 2015

Sacramento, CA — Whether to make changes to California’s tax system is up for debate in Sacramento.

Democratic Senator Bob Hertzberg has introduced a broad tax package that he estimates would bring California $10 billion more a year in revenue. He is calling for sales tax to be expanded to services in the state, with the exemption of health care and education. It could impact those that offer professional services, consulting, etc. However, he says it would not be applied to small businesses with under $100,000 in sales.

BY Katie Orr

January 13, 2015

Democratic Senator Bob Hertzberg released Monday details of his plan to update California's tax system. He’s calling for a sales tax on professional, construction, financial and agricultural services. The bill could also change the income and corporate tax structure. Hertzberg says he has three main objectives.

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.

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