Reuters - California Governor Jerry Brown said on Thursday he has bipartisan backing in the state Assembly for a plan to rewrite a corporate tax law to raise roughly $1 billion a year that would be put toward tax incentives intended to spur job growth.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A plan to raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday, putting the state on track to become the first in the nation to commit to such a large pay hike for the working poor.
The measure, incorporating a deal Governor Jerry Brown reached with labor leaders and fellow Democrats in the Legislature, was approved on a party-line vote of 12-7 by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, where a previous version of the bill had stalled last summer.
President Barack Obama, prodding Congress to consider fresh economic proposals after two years of gridlock, called for restructuring business taxes so long as the initial revenue generated goes toward job creation.
In a speech today in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Obama said that years of budget fights have diverted attention from the need to help middle-income Americans recover from the recession.
Tax revenues for the state of California have come in nearly a billion dollars below projections, which is causing Governor Jerry Brown to amend his $171 billion spending plan that was just proposed in January.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With little time and deep-pocketed opposition from oil interests, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats were forced on Wednesday to retreat from their ambitious proposal to address climate change by dropping a key mandate to cut California's petroleum use by 50 percent.
THE CALIFORNIAN One Friday morning this spring, I drove to Washington’s Dulles airport at dawn, to catch the first nonstop flight to San Francisco. When I got off the plane six hours later, the morning sun still slanting through the terminal windows, my cellphone began ringing practically as soon as I turned it on.
Gas in Vegas is a dollar cheaper a gallon than in the Golden State, or so a friend and recent LA transplant tells me. He went on to say the top tax rate in California is over 13%, while, of course, Nevada has no state income tax.
toured Palermo’s Pizza with Mayor Barrett and met with local business leaders
as part of White House Business Council outreach effortActing
U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank traveled to Milwaukee today to deliver
the keynote address at the 113th League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Annual Conference to discuss the American Jobs Act–how it will spur economic
growth, accelerate job creation and benefit Wisconsin. The League is a nonprofit and nonpartisan association of cities and
villages that serves as an information clearinghouse, advocacy organization and
legal resource for Wisconsin municipalities; it is comprised of 190 cities
and 392 villages.
At the Conference, Blank discussed details of
President Obama’s American Jobs Act. Blank highlighted the different ways
the plan would make an immediate impact on job creation: cutting taxes for
small businesses, putting more money in the pockets of consumers through an
expanded payroll tax cut, and preventing the layoffs of teachers, firefighters
and policemen, while putting construction workers to work through much-needed
renovations to school, roads, rail and airports renovations. Blank
underlined the need for Congress to act quickly on the bipartisan measures in
the Jobs Act.
experts say the American Jobs Act would put nearly two million people to work,
while putting more money in the pockets of workers and repairing infrastructure
vital to enhancing America’s competitiveness,” Blank said. “It’s time for
Democrats and Republicans in Congress to come together and swiftly pass the
measures in the Jobs Act, which will put people back to work right away and put
more money in the pockets of American families.”
in the day, Blank joined Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on a tour at Palermo’s
Pizza, a rapidly growing regional company that added almost 100 jobs last year
and is leading the “Earn to Learn” program with the Mayor’s Office, which gives
high school-aged youth a chance to develop marketable skills through direct
work experience and training seminars.
California, like Greece is perpetually in fiscal trouble. Overoptimistic revenue forecasts coupled with spending $2 billion more than expected has California in a deep hole. Governor Jerry Brown has the same non-solution as ever, hike taxes.
Brown wants a "temporary" (as in seven years) tax hike. Given we all know there are no such things as temporary tax hikes in California (seven years is permanent enough in the first place), and also given the California school budget needs an axe, the I say let him.