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    Political organizers and lawmakers have successfully added a total of 10 measures to the November ballot. With the start of early voting less than a month away, Arizonans can expect to see a growing number of campaigns by public policy organizations and special interest groups  vye for the support – or in some cases, rejection – of these proposals. Prop. 128 would allow the state legislature to amend or suspend a voter-approved ballot measure found by the U.S. or Arizona Supreme Court to contain illegal or unconstitutional language. Currently, under the state constitution, legislators are prohibited from repealing a voter-approved measure and can only amend the law if the action furthers the purpose of the law. Other Arizona organizations supporting the proposition include the Arizona Chapter of NAIOP, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and the Center for Arizona Policy Action (CAPA). Prop. 129 would also affect ballot measures by limiting each initiative to a single subject that is expressly stated in the measure’s title. Arizona State Representative John Kavanaugh (R-Maricopa) shared his support for the measure, which would...
                        School construction and renovation projects are on the ballot in local funding referenda across the Commonwealth. Voters in six localities will decide whether to approve taking on debt for the projects. In Danville and neighboring Pittsylvania County, they’ll vote on instituting one percent sales taxes to help fund the local projects. “It’s very typical,” Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) said. “Localities are allowed to issue public indebtedness in order to build schools. And typically, in order to bind the taxpayer with what’s called a general obligation bond, they have to go to a referendum. I’d say ordinarily most school systems have a referendum eight to ten years. Now, smaller jurisdictions, like where I live in Fairfax City, which is 25,000 people, it usually is less likely to go to a referendum unless you’re building a new school altogether, otherwise they’ll typically pay for these projects out of operating funds.” Virginia law strictly limits the amount of sales taxes localities can impose, but in 2019 and 2020, the Virginia...
    DENVER (CBS4)– More than 200,000 voters in Colorado support an increase on the sales tax for recreational marijuana. They signed a petition to put Initiative 25 on the November ballot and those signatures were turned in on Friday. (credit: iStock/Getty) The measure asks for a 5% tax increase on recreational marijuana to help fund out-of-school education programs for low-income kids and those with special needs. Additional funding would come from royalties, rents and leases on state property. It has support from Democrats and Republicans. READ MORE: Highway 14 Closed In Larimer County Due To Flash Flood Threat, Voluntary Evacuations Put Into Place The current sales tax on recreational marijuana is 15%. If the measure passes, it would raise it to 20%. READ MORE: Jefferson County Public Health Recommends Everyone In Schools Wear Masks When Classes Begin (credit: CBS) Initiative 25 is advocating that the increase in sales tax benefit the Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress (LEAP). Supporters say the pandemic has caused a learning loss in students and that the LEAP program would offer opportunities to recover. The funding would...
    SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) – Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder will be a candidate in California’s upcoming recall election that could remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. Elder scored a swift court victory in Sacramento, where he challenged a decision by state election officials to block him from the ballot. READ MORE: 2 Sisters Arrested After Dropping Off 2 Young Children At Placer County Fire Station, Then Leaving Superior Court Judge Laurie M. Earl disagreed with a state decision that Elder failed to meet requirements to file recent tax returns. Forty-two other candidates have been cleared to appear on the Sept. 14 recall ballot. Elder announced his campaign July 12, but he was blocked from the contest by state election officials who say the filed incomplete federal tax return information that is required to become a candidate. Elder disputed that, saying he’s the target of political “shenanigans” by Democrats aligned with Newsom who don’t want him on the Sept. 14 ballot. Elder’s case was one of several court scuffles underway as California moves toward finalizing the list of candidates for...
    Why this Covid-19 surge is worse than the others The 20 best things to get at Aldi this year, according to shoppers State Taxes on the Ballot 2020 -- Pot, Real Estate and More David Muhlbaum: When America votes, it doesn't just pick its leaders. It also makes a lot of direct decisions on tax policy. State taxes, that is. Senior tax editor Rocky Mengle joins us in our main segment to talk ballot initiatives across the country, including one that would close the Lebowski loophole. Yes, that's a reference to the dude. Sandy and I will also discuss the new retirement savings limits and how the coronavirus pandemic may have actually improved the new car buying experience. That's all ahead on this episode of Your Money's Worth. Stick around. © Provided by Kiplinger Episode Length: 00:32:32   SUBSCRIBE: Apple Google Play Spotify Overcast RSS David Muhlbaum: Welcome to Your Money's Worth. I'm Kiplinger.com senior editor David Muhlbaum, joined by senior editor Sandy Block. Sandy, how are you? Load Error Sandy Block: Doing great, David. David Muhlbaum:...
    SAN ANTONIO – In the Nov. 3 general election, San Antonio voters will decide the fate of two 1/8 cent sales tax propositions, including the continuation of Pre-K 4 SA and the establishment of a workforce program. In a special election, on the same date and ballot as the presidential election, city residents will also vote on the relocation of a 1/8 cent sales tax that would go toward transportation improvements in 2026. Voters have until Oct. 30 to cast a ballot during early voting, and Election Day is Nov. 3. Here’s a breakdown of the three propositions up for vote:Proposition A — The funding of Pre-K 4 SAThe continuation of Pre-K 4 SA, an early childhood program that serves 2,000 students, will be voted upon in the General Election. San Antonio residents will decide if the city will move forward with the renewal of a 1/8 cent sales tax to fund eight more years of the program. The issue was moved to the Nov. 3 ballot from its original May 2 election — approved by City Council in April...
    SACRAMENTO —  Proposition 19 is simple: either aging homeowners get a big new property tax break or their offspring heirs keep an old one. Either the parents benefit, or their children do. Most of these state propositions can be annoyingly complicated if you let them. State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra sometimes doesn’t help by writing ballot titles and summaries that attempt to lead voters toward the position of his Democratic Party. His two predecessors — Kamala Harris and Jerry Brown — did the same. More on that another day. Proposition 23 also might seem complicated, but really boils down to a simple question: Should kidney dialysis clinics be required to hire an extra doctor to be on hand while patients are undergoing treatment? Never mind that the doctor probably isn’t needed. That’s the official public narrative of Proposition 23. There’s another behind-the-scenes truth about the measure. A labor union is sponsoring the ballot initiative largely to pressure the clinics into accepting unionization of its employees. It’s the continuation of a tactic the union also tried unsuccessfully in 2018. It’s sort...
    SAN ANTONIO – Public transportation is an ongoing issue in San Antonio and as Election Day nears, voters will help decide a future plan for VIA Transit. President and CEO of VIA, Jeff Arndt, joined Leading SA to break down the current state of public transit and what could be next for the company. “We bring in under $200 million a year to support our operation. Dallas brings in $600 million. Houston brings in $758 million on those orders of magnitude,” Arndt said. Arndt said even though VIA covers a huge area, the organization only asked for half of the sales tax as compared to other Texas cities. “We have the spread of things thin, which means we end up with relatively infrequent service, and that makes the service more difficult to use, the trips longer to take. And people with other options are going to opt for those options when the frequency gets below 20 minutes,” Arndt said. When compared to cities similar to San Antonio, VIA is performing rather impressively. “We have a group of 12 peer cities...
    Vice President Mike Pence sparred with Kamala Harris over tax policy at the vice presidential debate on Wednesday night, saying the American economic “comeback is on the ballot” in November’s election. Pence was responding to Harris’ claim that a Biden administration would repeal the Trump tax cuts on the first day of his presidency. “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want to raise taxes, they want to bury our economy under a $2 trillion Green New Deal,” he said. “Joe Biden says Democracy is on the ballot, make no mistake about it, the American economy, the American comeback is on the ballot,” he added. Filed under debates ,  donald trump ,  economy ,  mike pence ,  taxes ,  vice presidents ,  10/7/20
    RICHMOND — City leaders will ask voters to approve changes in the way businesses are taxed, in an effort to boost city revenue. The City Council on Wednesday approved putting a measure on the November ballot asking voters to allow the city to tax businesses based on their gross receipts instead of the number of employees. Currently, businesses pay a flat annual license tax of  $234.10 plus $46.80 per employee up to 25 employees and $40.10 for each additional employee. That would change if voters in November approve the proposed tax structure, under which  businesses would have to pay a percentage of their gross receipts earned in Richmond, with the amount depending on the nature of their business and at a rate assigned per industry. In the proposed model, most businesses would pay between .06% and and .68%. Grocers, for example, would pay .06% if they make up to $1 million in sales for the year, .1% if they make between $1 million and $2.5 million, and tiered up to .2% if they have gross receipts of $50 million or...
    Alameda County voters likely will be asked a second time in less than a year to approve a half-cent sales tax. On Tuesday, supervisors are expected to give final approval on putting the half-percent tax increase before voters on Nov. 3. The money would help pay for “housing and services for those experiencing homelessness,” as well as those needing “mental health services, job training, social safety net and other general fund services,” according to the draft legislation. Supervisor Wilma Chan suggested the tax hike, which if approved, would boost county revenues an estimated $150 million each year. Alameda County’s sales tax rate now is 9.25%, which does not take into account a proposed ballot measure from March to also boost the local tax rate. That sales tax has not been imposed while the measure is tied up in court. The state’s rate is currently 7.25%, with a base rate of 6%, with a mandatory local additional rate of 1.25% that goes directly to city and county funds. However, many cities have local sales taxes on top of the county’s. In...
    MILPITAS — In a few months, Milpitas residents could be asked to approve a quarter-cent sales tax to help the city cope with potential revenue losses. The City Council signaled Tuesday it’ll likely place a sales tax measure on the November ballot that, if approved, could rake in about $7 million a year over the next eight years. The city currently has a 9% sales tax rate. The council voted 4-1 during a special meeting to direct staff to return Aug. 4 with specific language for the ballot measure. At least four council members would have to approve it. To pass, the measure would require a simple majority of yes votes from residents. Councilwoman Karina Dominguez was the sole dissenter, saying there should be more clarity about how the money would be spent. Some residents who emailed the council said the proposed tax hike seemed reasonable while others indicated they would oppose it. Jamie Schletzbawn said she wouldn’t vote for a tax increase this year, even though she has supported taxes. “General taxes are regressive and impact the poor the...
    As Bay Area cities, counties and school districts struggle with painful budget cuts connected to the coronavirus economic downturn, many are considering asking voters in the Nov. 3 election to raise taxes. The increases might be appropriate. What isn’t acceptable is ballot deception or fiscal recklessness. Voters deserve full transparency about the cost and context of tax increases they are being asked to pay. Yet, too many local government leaders, their attorneys and taxpayer-funded campaign consultants continue to write ballot measures and voter material to tout the benefits while glossing over, or even hiding, the true costs. It’s time for the deceit to stop. As government officials prepare to submit to election officials measures for the upcoming ballot, they should commit to full transparency and fiscal responsibility. The goal should be helping voters make informed decisions — not manipulating them. Here are some things we’ll be looking for — and voters should, too: The ballot wording for Dublin school district’s Measure H, like other school bond measures, doesn’t mention the tax increase that would be required.  Ballot wording — The...
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