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Tax overhaul bill would boost California revenue $10 billion a year
Tax overhaul bill would boost California revenue $10 billion a year

Even though a new crop of lawmakers has arrived at the Capitol, some old favorite issues have never left. Notably taxes. Already under discussion this year are tax increases on wealthy people's incomes, cigarettes, crude oil, commercial property and more. Supporters are gearing up; so are opponents. But one veteran Los Angeles politician has much bigger ambitions: State Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) has introduced a bill he hopes to use as a vehicle for a sweeping overhaul of California's state and local tax structure. The idea, he said, is to broaden the sales tax to possibly include legal work, advertising, Internet usage, dry cleaning and other services. At the same...

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