Editorial: Legislature should give California’s cities and counties more leeway on taxes (Sacramento Bee)

January 7, 2013 – With Democrats firmly in control in both houses of the Legislature, and Democrat Jerry Brown sitting in the governor’s seat, now is an opportune time to reform California’s convoluted tax laws. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento says he has no plans to launch a full frontal assault on Proposition 13, the 1978 property tax-slashing measure. Certainly no serious efforts are under way to fiddle with the residential side of Proposition 13. It makes far more sense for the Legislature to target its tax reform efforts toward giving local government greater authority to raise revenue.

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