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Brown could learn from Augustus about tax flight

November 8, 2012 By admin. Nov. 8, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi California Gov. Jerry Brown often portrays himself as the modern version of an ancient Greek or Roman philosopher king.  A majority of the voters on Nov. 6 approved Brown’s  “millionaire’s tax” on people making more than $250,000 a year, Proposition 30.  But Brown could learn something from Roman Emperor Augustus about how to sustain a tax on t...

Prop. 31 loses badly

November 7, 2012 By admin. Nov. 7, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Proposition 31 was wiped out by voters yesterday.  The Government Performance and Accountability Act got just 39 percent of the votes, with 61 percent against. Part of the likely reason it lost big was that it was undoubtedly the most confusing voter initiative on the ballot.  Factions of both Democrats and Republicans opposed and endorsed it. The Cal...

How many tax increases will ‘fix’ California?

November 5, 2012 By Katy Grimes. Nov. 5, 2012 By Katy Grimes There are 230 bond, tax and fee increase proposals on the 2012 ballot in California. Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 tax increase measure is the least of voters' problems this election. There are 100 school bond measures on the ballot throughout California. There are more than 30 sales tax increase initiatives, business tax increases, parcel taxes, ut...

California’s Congressional Water Ballot for 2012

November 5, 2012 By admin. Nov. 5, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Tomorrow California voters will not be voting on the proposed California Water Bond, which has been postponed until 2014.  But voters will be voting on a number of local water projects such as the proposed Hetch Hetchy dam removal, which is Proposition F in San Francisco. More importantly, California voters will be deciding on three crucial congressio...
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