California voters preserved the status quo in the state tax authority this week, electing two Democrats and two Republicans as board members.
The election gives Democrats a majority on the country's only elected tax commission because another party member, Betty Yee, won her race for state controller, who fills the fifth seat on the board.
The Board of Equalization carries out tax policies and considers appeals from businesses and residents.
Besides the controller, the other four members are elected to represent vast districts, each with about 9.5 million Californians.
Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, a Republican from Dana Point, beat Nader Shahatit, a Democrat from...