Legislation by Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) would add two new supervisors for L.A. County and create a new County Executive elected position – powerful offices for ambitious politicians in the region. The County Executive would be eligible to serve two, six-year terms and their salary would be tied to that of a presiding Superior Court judge which stands at nearly $200,000. The Senate Constitutional Amendment, if approved by two-thirds of the state legislature, would appear on the June 2018 statewide ballot. The expanded Board of Supervisors would add the two new seats following the 2020 Census, with the offices open in 2022.
President Trump’s plan to overhaul the federal tax code would hurt liberal-leaning states, which tend to have higher taxes. As most states have tied their tax codes closely to the federal code, taxpayers have been able to deduct the state and local taxes they pay from their federal taxable income. Taxpayers who live in states with higher tax rates are able to deduct more from their federal taxes than those who live in states with lower rates. Those deductions cost the federal government more than $60 billion a year. Trump has proposed ending the state and local tax deduction, which means higher taxes for those who live in states with more progressive tax codes like California, New York, Oregon and New Jersey.
President Trump’s first 100 days have been defined more by what he has undone than what he has done. Gone, with a stroke of Trump’s pen or publication of a memo, are a host of Obama-era rules. Trump and his allies in the Republican controlled Congress have used an obscure law, the Congressional Review Act, to undo 13 extremely significant regulations that the Obama Administration regulatory agencies spent years crafting and enacting.
Montebello council moves closer to putting sales tax on ballot
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Montebello city councilmembers moved closer Wednesday to getting the required unanimous vote to declare a fiscal emergency and put a 1 percent sales tax increase on the Nov. 7th ballot. The lone holdout, Councilman Bill Molinari, warmed to the idea of an emergency vote after the council proposed limiting funds for council member travel, raising requirements for city contracts and creating an oversight committee chaired by residents.