By Assemblywoman Laurie Davies | Contributing columnist PUBLISHED: October 18, 2021 at 9:19 a.m. | UPDATED: October 18, 2021 at 9:19 a.m.   It feels like every day there is a new catastrophe facing Californians: More than 70 cargo ships are piled up at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports with no docking date in sight; a jobs report showed that more than 300,000 less jobs were created than what was projected; not to mention the thousands of gallons of oil washing up on Orange County shores. Democrats are failing Californians. First, shipping delays in the Long Beach and Los Angeles… read more
  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. The state sales tax rate of 7.25 percent also is the… read more