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Sacramento hits the gas on driving taxes

state Gas Taxes Apr 2014
September 12, 2014 By James Poulos. Within a few years, California may choose to tax drivers by the mile. Taking up a controversial idea floated by the federal government and embraced by Oregon, Sacramento legislators recently passed a bill that could lead to a new "road usage charge." Senate Bill 1077 wouldn't impose a driving tax right away. Instead, the legislation, introduced by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concor...

Controller’s website opens local governments’ books

Chiang Website
September 12, 2014 By John Hrabe. State Controller John Chiang continues to deliver on his promise of government transparency. The state's chief financial officer announced Monday a new open-data website that provides Californians with more than a decade's worth of financial data for local governments. The site,, includes more than 13 million fields of financial data for 450 incorporated cit...

Assemblywoman Grove raises union power issue

September 11, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   Did a Democratic legislator take labor union money in exchange for a union-sponsored bill? That possibility was raised on the Assembly floor Aug. 28 by Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, in connection with a bill authored by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina. Assembly Bill 1897 passed the Assembly and Senate along party lines and is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s ...

Unions bank on CA for new gains

September 11, 2014 By James Poulos. Across the country, union membership has long been in fairly steep decline. After a series of recent reverses, including a failed attempt to pass national minimum wage legislation in Washington, D.C., union leaders shifted to a state-by-state, city-by-city approach to advancing their agenda. And though their support has not grown much stronger, they have gained enough traction in Calif...
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