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Time now to narrow, refine and justify homeless tax proposals

Time now to narrow, refine and justify homeless tax proposals

Los Angeles County supervisors are pressing Sacramento for authority to place a “millionaire’s tax” on the Nov. 8 ballot to pay for an ambitious program to combat homelessness. State Senate leader Kevin de León wants to help house the homeless by using part of an entirely different, but already existing, millionaire’s tax that is collected for mental illness programs. Some L.A. City Council members, meanwhile, want to sell housing-for-the-homeless bonds, which would be repaid by property taxes, but in case that doesn't work out they are also asking for ballot language for a sales tax, a marijuana tax, a billboard tax and a tax on...

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