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By Assemblywoman Laurie Davies | Contributing columnist PUBLISHED: May 28, 2021 at 10:29 a.m. | UPDATED: May 28, 2021 at 10:29 a.m.   California’s hard-working taxpayers just handed state lawmakers a $75 billion surplus for fiscal year 2021-22, which begins on July 1. The budget must be crafted by June 15. Are the lawmakers eager to reward us by giving back a major chunk of the surplus? No. Not even a “thank you for your hard work.” Instead, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, proposed AB 1253, which would raise taxes even higher. The current confiscatory top income tax rate of 13.3 percent, already the highest state rate, would soar to 16.8 percent.
In May, I had written a letter to Superintendent Tony Thurmond, California Department of Education, urging them to reconsider the mask mandate for our students.
Senate Bill 9 would strip away everything we know about single-family housing by allowing duplexes on single zoned lots. This bill would also allow for lot splits, without needing approval from local government. One-Size-Fits-All housing solutions won't work for California! We need to allow our local leaders to help determine what is best for each of our communities. The way #SB9 stands today, there is NO WAY I could support this bill!
Assemblywoman Laurie Davies looks to claw back $54 million in high-speed rail funds, while Rep. Michelle Steel moves to block any federal funding for the project.   By BROOKE STAGGS | bstaggs@scng.com | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: March 1, 2021 at 5:39 p.m. | UPDATED: March 1, 2021 at 5:39 p.m.