Posts Tagged ‘tax increases’

Lawmakers lighting up $2 per pack cigarette tax hike

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Like a re-lit cigarette, smoke again is rising from Senate Bill 768. By state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, the bill would place a new tax on cigarettes of $2 a pack, with an equivalent tax on cigars, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. With de Leon slated to become the next Senate pre...

‘Transportation justice’ in CA helps the poor buy electric cars

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The year 2014 sees California helping poor people buy electric cars, what's called "transportation justice." SB 359 is by state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro. It approved a loan for $30 million to help finance low-income residents to transition away from older, higher-polluting vehicles...

Groups sue city of Sacto over disqualified petitions

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork, and Voters for a Fair Arena Deal filed a lawsuit Wednesday Jan. 28, against the city of Sacramento, to put the use of public subsidies for a new basketball arena to a public vote. STOP and Voters for a Fair Arena Deal said they filed the lawsuit against ...

‘Ghost guns’ could be an apparition in CA

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

When 3D-printed guns first emerged on the scene, many predicted the “ghost guns” could render the regulation of guns pointless. The creation of the 3-D gun is only about one year old. The first 3D-printed gun initially was fired in the spring of 2013. 3D printers are $10,000 machines t...

Sacto water deputies patrolling for water wasters

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Sacramento water police are on patrol. If the rule of law isn't enough to control Sacramento's citizens, government officials have turned to deputizing neighbors for help making sure everyone complies with environmental restrictions. For nearly four years, the City of Sacramento has been enc...

Legislature takes up dueling water bonds

Monday, January 27th, 2014

There's no drought of water bonds in the California Legislature to deal with the record drought the state is suffering. The Republican minority in the Legislature even is pitching in. Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Marysville, is pushing Assembly Bill 1445, a proposed $5.8 billion water bond to be put ...

Mayor’s ‘arena hype machine’ shuns due diligence, economic analysis

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Arena Derangement Syndrome continues. "Collusion" and "shady dealings," are just a few of the words used in a letter to describe the City of Sacramento’s "utter failure to conduct any economic analysis" in the proposed taxpayer-subsidized sports arena. Attorneys representing members of ...

State of the State: Gov. Brown seeks ‘fiscal restraint’ — and more spending

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his 2014 State of the State this morning. It was largely a recap of his recent 2014 Budget proposal press conference, but shorter. As Brown often does, he first took on his critics: "It occurred to me that these critics – who have long recited our s...

Arena lawsuit: Sacramento officials will be deposed

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The judge's order in the Sacramento arena lawsuit is in: Sacramento City Councilman Kevin McCarty and Sacramento Economic Development Director Jim Rhinehart will be deposed about undisclosed dealings between city officials and the new Kings ownership group to help it buy the team. Last week...

LAO questions legality of plan to use cap-and-trade $ on bullet train

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

The governor’s just-released 2014-15  budget proposes to spend $850 million from cap-and-trade auction revenue on various projects -- including the state’s high-speed rail project. That would defy the very purpose of cap-and-trade. In a new report on the spending plan, the Legislative An...