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SANTA ROSA PRESS-DEMOCRAT: Move to dump retroactive state business tax passes 1st hurdle

May 02, 2013


Legislation that would rescind a retroactive state tax on business owners passed its first test Wednesday in Sacramento.

The state Senate Governance and Finance Committee voted 6-1 to approve SB 209, which would reverse a Franchise Tax Board ruling that affects up to 2,500 business owners.

The owners claimed a tax exemption for the sale of small businesses within the past five years. Late last year the tax board retroactively ended the exemption after losing an appellate court lawsuit.

SACRAMENTO BEE: California Senate committee OKs bill to block retroactive taxes

May 02, 2013

Legislation that would protect thousands of Californians from paying retroactive income taxes on their sales of business investments won initial committee approval Wednesday.

The Senate Governance and Finance Committee approved the legislation, Senate Bill 209, by a 6-1 margin with the committee chair, Davis Democrat Lois Wolk, casting the lone "no" vote.

VENTURA COUNTY STAR: California wants taxpayers to pay back proceeds from a tax break later ruled illegal

May 01, 2013

The California Franchise Tax Board is seeking to collect a total of $120 million from 2,500 taxpayers who took advantage of a tax credit that a court later ruled violated the federal Constitution's commerce clause.

CNBC: California Retroactive Tax Could Slam Small Businesses

April 30, 2013

By: Robert Digitale for the Huffington Post

Brian Overstreet is more familiar with starting a business than lobbying the Legislature, but a retroactive state tax bill has him crying foul and calling for relief.

FOX & HOUNDS: Amendments to Tax Break Law may Hurt Small Businesses in California

April 30, 2013
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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Realignment legislation jeopardizes victims' compensation

April 28, 2013

By Gillian Flaccus

SANTA ANA -- The California law that eases prison overcrowding by shifting responsibility for thousands of lower-level felons to county jails has made it much harder for certain crime victims to collect restitution from inmates.

The state's 33 adult prisons have a seamless system for siphoning 50 percent of the money out of an inmate's prison account -- money earned from a prison job or deposited by friends and family -- to pay victims for their losses.

PRESS DEMOCRAT: Healdsburg entrepreneur fights retroactive tax

April 28, 2013

Brian Overstreet is more familiar with starting a business than lobbying the Legislature, but a retroactive state tax bill has him crying foul and calling for relief.

(London) SKYNEWS:Hollywood Hoax: 'End Fake 911 Calls'

April 28, 2013

Politicians in California are pushing for new laws to crack down on a growing craze targeting celebrities which they say is putting lives at risk.

Dozens of cases of so-called 'swatting' have been reported in glitzy Los Angeles neighbourhoods in recent weeks.

They have stretched police resources and led to potentially deadly confrontations.

KABC TV LOS ANGELES: Santa Monica residents weigh in on airport traffic, pollution

April 27, 2013

By Amy Powell

Noise-weary residents who live near the Santa Monica Municipal Airport are sounding off about the noise and pollution.

Many people who live near the airport would like to see it close. If nothing else, they hope to convince the City Council to drastically reduce its operation.

Residents of Santa Monica, Venice and Mar Vista attended a forum held by the Venice Neighborhood Council Saturday to discuss health and safety issues related to Santa Monica Airport.