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George Skelton

Political columnist George Skelton has covered government and politics for more than 50 years and for The Times since 1974. He has been a Times political writer and editor in Los Angeles, Sacramento bureau chief and White House correspondent. He has written a column on California politics, “Capitol Journal,” since 1993. Skelton is a Santa Barbara native, grew up in Ojai and received a journalism degree at San Jose State.
  • Capitol Journal
California gives out too many tax breaks. And it’s losing billions on them each year

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) is trying to shake up the comfy world of tax breaks. She is pushing SB 468, which would kill nine tax expenditures in three years unless they could be justified by the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

  • Capitol Journal
The fight over releasing politicians' tax returns began in — where else?  — California

It grew from the corrupt administration of President Warren G. Harding and its Teapot Dome scandal that partly involved the Elk Hills and Buena Vista oil fields in Kern County.

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