Government Finance and Operations 07/12/2013
SB 1 (Steinberg) – Support
As Amended on May 2, 2013
SB 1, by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, would create a structure for continuing economic development activities consistent with the state’s sustainable development goals.
The foundation of CSAC’s support is allowing counties a clear option whether or not to financially participate in tax increment financing for economic development purposes. An approach that encourages collaboration between counties and cities will best serve Californians. This approach allows counties control over their own general funds, and also necessitates discussions about what kinds of development benefits the community as a whole.
The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee passed SB 1 at its hearing next Wednesday, July 3. The Assembly Local Government Committee has scheduled the bill for Wednesday, August 14.
AB 1077 (Muratsuchi) – Oppose Unless Amended
As Amended on June 15, 2013
AB 1077, by Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi, would give a sales tax break and vehicle license fee discount to purchasers of new alternative fuel motor vehicles.
The Assembly Appropriations Committee placed AB 1077 on its Suspense File at its hearing on Wednesday, July 3.
Sales and Use Tax
AB 781 (Bocanegra) – Support
As Amended on April 18, 2013
AB 781, by Assembly Member Raul Bocanegra, would make it illegal to use, own, install, or sell an automated sales suppression device.
The sorts of devices targeted by this bill automatically hide actual sales levels from auditors, cheating both consumers and the public while unjustly enriching tax scofflaws. When unscrupulous Californians skirt their tax responsibilities, the burden of funding public services falls more heavily on those who follow the law.
By prohibiting the sale and installation of sales suppression devices, not only their ownership and use, the bill would make it easier for the Board of Equalization to reduce their use.
The Senate Public Safety Committee passed AB 781 at its hearing on Tuesday, July 2. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
AB 436 (Jones-Sawyer) – Support
As Amended on June 24, 2013
AB 436, by Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer, would apply the principle of comparative fault to inverse condemnation cases where the defendant is a government agency. It would also apply normal tort standards relating to post-offer costs.
The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to consider AB 436 at its hearing on Tuesday, July 2, but the author requested it to be canceled. The bill will likely be put over until next year.