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Testy exchange over 'millionaires tax' to reduce homelessness exposes a rift among county supervisors

Testy exchange over 'millionaires tax' to reduce homelessness exposes a rift among county supervisors

A majority bloc of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has split over how best to fund a wide-ranging plan to reduce homelessness.

Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda Solis — both labor-backed Democrats who are typically political allies — got into a heated exchange during two hearings last week over a proposal that would enable the county to pursue a new income tax on millionaires to address what many see as the region's growing crisis.

The county does not have the authority to raise income taxes and would need a change in state law to do it.

In a vote last week, Solis temporarily blocked the proposal seeking state approval that would pave the way for a...

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