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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.

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

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.

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.

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