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A smart California tax bill points the way to needed reform
A smart California tax bill points the way to needed reform

He's a freshman state senator showing no fear, no hesitation and seemingly no political sense. His first bill is a huge, historic tax hike. Sen. Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), of course, is no ordinary babe-in-the-woods, backbench freshman. He's a former Assembly speaker and lifelong political junkie who grooves on public policy. He's also a certified reformer — previously active in government reform groups — and a human dynamo who always seems to run rather than walk. Hertzberg's tax increase — introduced as SB 8 immediately after he was sworn in Dec. 1 — actually is long-needed tax reform, the kind that causes most politicians to avert...

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