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State tax board members disingenuously defend a power grab
State tax board members disingenuously defend a power grab

George Runner and Fiona Ma, two members of the state Board of Equalization, say I "unfairly" criticized a plan in the state legislature to give the board the power to assess commercial aircraft. They're right that I criticized the plan, in my column at the beginning of May.  But "unfairly"? We'll see. The assessment authority is currently held by county assessors, especially those in counties with major airports. They don't think any better of the legislative proposal than I did. Runner's and Ma's complaint is embodied in a May 15 letter to The Times. It's outlined in greater detail in a column...

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