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With host Conan Nolan

January 25, 2015

State Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) was just elected to the California Senate. This, after being away for 12 years in politics. To watch, listen to this segment, click HERE:

By Juliet Williams

January 25, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

The financial crisis has passed and the economy is rebounding, but the fight over taxes is about to resume.

by Aron Chilewich

January 22, 2015

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg of the San Fernando Valley recently introduced Senate Bill 8 (SB 8), also known as the Upward Mobility Act. It is an attempt to move past standard single-issue, stopgap tax measures, and to jumpstart discussion of a complete overhaul of California’s tax code. In its current form, SB 8 would expand the sales tax to include services, while lowering both corporate and personal income taxes. Health services, education services and small businesses with less than $100,000 in gross sales would be exempt from the new service tax.

By Dustin Schrader and Christopher Thornberg

January 21, 2015

By Allen Young

January 21, 2015

A state senator has proposed a new tax on professional services including legal, financial, construction and other industries.

By Asm. Kevin Mullen

January 20, 2015

There is no shortage of challenging issues that will make news from the state Capitol during the 2015-16 legislative session ranging from education reform, to funding transportation infrastructure, to combating climate change and more.

By Dan Walters

January 17, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown exudes pride that voters approved Proposition 2, which creates California’s first meaningful budget reserve, hailing it as a bulwark against periodic flirtations with fiscal insolvency.
However, even though legislators voted overwhelmingly to place it on the ballot, the “rainy-day fund” is causing friction in the Capitol just a few weeks after its passage.
Brown wants it filled as soon as possible – and partially devoted to retiring debt – while his fellow Democrats are pleading to loosen up on spending for health and welfare programs serving the poor.

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.

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