Unless it comes in the form of an annual refund, you probably don’t expect to get tax money back from the government. But an effort by several Republicans in Sacramento could change that.
A bill being proposed in both the Senate and Assembly would require the state automatically refund any taxes a court finds are illegal or unconstitutional. Assemblyman Don Wagner said there is also an avenue for taxpayers to go after money they think they’re owed.
“The legislation requires that state, if it has kept track and can identify who has paid it to refund it," he said. "But that is also why the provision is in there for taxpayers themselves to make a claim.”
Wagner points to a controversial fire prevention fee being charged to rural landowners as money that could be returned if it’s found to be illegal. The fee is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit.
California is tapping into reserves to pay for the cost of fighting wildfires.
The official portrait of Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been unveiled and historian says Schwarzenegger’s image reflects the changing nature of gubernatorial portraits.
UPDATED: Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari debated Thursday night. Watch a replay here, or listen to a reply at 9 a.m. Friday on the News Station, in place of Insight.
California’s earthquake early warning system is up and running – but there’s no money or infrastructure to distribute alerts to the general public yet. A conference at UC Berkeley Wednesday discussed the issue.
The California Legislature is expected to adjourn its two-year session just past midnight Friday. It's an early end to what has so far been a surprisingly calm final week.