As Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislators consider state tax increases, local government ballots are being loaded up with tax proposals and the jousting over them is becoming heated.
Senate Bill 861 is a prime example of how budget “trailer bills” are misused to bypass the usual legislative process.
While Gov. Gavin Newsom claims a global role in the immigration crisis, how he handles a more prosaic crisis in the Department of Motor Vehicles could have a greater effect on his political career.
Local officials still don’t like having to tell voters how proposed bond issues will affect their property taxes and may seek relief from the Legislature.