| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:37 PM
SACRAMENTO—Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed rainy-day reserve is better than nothing, but it falls far short of what the state really needs to fix its cockeyed tax system.
The governor is attempting to treat the symptoms of revenue instability rather...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Extending and expanding upon our recent observations about deregulation by budgetary starvation--"defund to defang" is how we put it the other day--economist Bruce Bartlett examines the sad case of the IRS.
"Republicans have been playing this trick with...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 1:40 PM
The nine films nominated for best picture Oscars have more in common than just the accolades they've earned. Every one of them also scores high marks when it comes to garnering subsidies from the public.
The libertarian Manhattan Institute reported...
| Jan 22, 2014
"Poverty is not some rare disease from which the rest of us are all immune," a leading American politician said last week. "It is but the worst strain of a widespread disease otherwise known as economic insecurity. Most families worry about making ends...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 12:22 PM
The big loser in Thursday's Oscar nominations may be California.
The state barely registered in the Oscar contest, at least when it comes to film locations, underscoring the difficulty California faces in keeping its homegrown industry from fleeing...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 6:33 PM
The death of Tom Sherak, the respected Hollywood executive and recently appointed film czar for Los Angeles, is a blow to the city's film industry.
Sherak, the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died Tuesday at his home...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 6:56 PM
In his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled policies he can implement by executive order, as well as several needing congressional approval. Among them:
• Create a retirement savings program for lower-income...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 7:15 PM
SACRAMENTO — Are California voters ready yet to change Proposition 13 so that all corporations pay their fair share of property taxes? A new nonpartisan poll indicates they might be.
But a better, more relevant question is whether any state...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 12:15 PM
Moss Adams, one of the nation's largest accounting firms, has launched an online exchange for trading film and other tax credits. Called the Moss Adams Tax Credit Exchange, the marketplace allows film producers and other companies with tax credits to...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Despite gains in feature and television production last year, Los Angeles experienced whopping losses in location film activity over the last two decades as Hollywood took its show on the road, according a new report.
While location filming for...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 9:31 PM
WASHINGTON — Jennifer Tadlock doesn't yet have all the talent lined up for the small-budget dramatic action feature she hopes to film next year, let alone a full crew. But she does have a tax break, and it's expiring, which was enough to get her...