By Laura Mahoney

April 14, 2015

Reproduced with permission from Daily Tax Report, 72 DTR H-3 (Apr. 15, 2015). Copyright 2015 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <>

April 14 — A new estimate that a California sales tax on services could generate as much as $122.6 billion a year is fueling calls from state officials to impose the tax and reduce or eliminate the income tax at the same time.

Ferguson, Missouri isn't the only place where traffic courts drive poor people deeper into poverty. In California, more than 4 million people have had their drivers' licenses suspended after traffic fines they couldn't afford were increased by escalating

April 13, 2015

After investigating the notorious police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, the federal Department of Justice reported that local courts were systematically taking money from poor people to provide revenue for the city. Now a coalition of legal aid groups has found something similar going on in California — where traffic courts are pushing low-income people deeper into poverty. More than four million people have had their drivers' licenses suspended after traffic fines they couldn't afford were increased by escalating fees and penalties.

San Fernando democrat calls for tax hike, more regional control

April 13, 2015

Sen. Robert Hertzberg is sitting in his Capitol office, talking fast and throwing cashews in his mouth — like little missiles, one after another. He has so much to say, but little time before his next meeting. So he dives right into his mantra: bringing government closer to the people.

“My underlying philosophy of government is to devolve power,” says the Democrat, who represents the San Fernando Valley.

SB 405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg is cited

April 11, 2015

A modern-day version of debtor's prison exists in California. It's a system that has taken driver's licenses from over 4 million residents by imposing ever-escalating fines that push penalties to unaffordable levels.

By the Gil Gross Program

April 10, 2015

To listen to Hertzberg talk about SB 405 click on the link below. 

Senate Bill 405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg is cited.

April 10, 2015

LOS ANGELES ( — A San Fernando Valley lawmaker wants to keep millions of drivers in Southern California and across the state who have had their licenses suspended for not paying traffic tickets or missing court dates behind the wheel.

By John Howard

April 9, 2015

With one in six California drivers – about 4.2 million people — having suspended licenses because they can’t pay court fines, a lawmaker has proposed reducing the suspensions in non-violent cases and setting up an amnesty program to help motorists.

By Bob Egelko

April 9, 2015

Unpaid traffic fines and mushrooming fees have left 4.2 million Californians with suspended driver’s licenses — more than one-sixth of the licenses issued statewide — with poor people the hardest-hit, according to a newly published study that criticizes policies that take drivers off the road because of debts they can’t pay.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg: Unpaid fines and suspended licenses linked to poverty trap

April 9, 2015

SB 405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg would help.

April 8, 2015

By Lee Romney

Traffic-court fines layered with escalating fees and penalties have led to driver's license suspensions for 4.2 million Californians — or one in six drivers — pushing many low-income people deeper into poverty, a report released Wednesday by a coalition of legal aid groups found.

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