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CAPITOL TELEVISION NEWS SERVICE

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Friday, August 10, 2007

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1. GAS TAX HIKE.....................................................VO/SOT

2. MIGDEN NO CONTEST........................................VO/SOT

3. MORE TAX INSPECTORS....................................VO/SOT

MORE TAX INSPECTORS VO/SOT

LIVE: THE STATE BOARD THAT SETS TAX POLICY WANTS MORE INSPECTORS TO COLLECT USE TAXES AND TO FIND UNLICENSED BUSINESSES WHO AREN'T PAYING SALES TAX TO THE STATE. THE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION WILL CONSIDER STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ADDITIONAL INSPECTORS IN A MEETING NEXT TUESDAY.

SUPER: TODAY/CALIFORNIA TEACHER'S ASSOCIATION/SACRAMENTO

SUPER: FILE

VO: (:25) THE BOARD'S STAFF IS REQUESTING 1 POINT 4 MILLION DOLLARS TO FUND AN ADDITIONAL YEAR FOR 16 INSPECTORS AT AGRICULTURAL INSPECTION STATIONS WHO CHECK TRUCKS AND OTHER VEHICLES FOR PRODUCTS PURCHASED OUT OF STATE. CALIFORNIA BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS OWE A USE TAX ON THOSE ITEMS WHICH REPLACES THE SALES TAX THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED HAD THEY PURCHASED THE ITEMS IN THE STATE. THE BOARD ALSO WANTS TO EXPAND A PROGRAM IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AND LOS ANGELES AREAS FOR INSPECTORS THAT GO DOOR TO DOOR, CHECKING BUSINESSES FOR LICENSES. THE 33 CURRENT INSPECTORS WOULD BE INCREASED TO 103 STATEWIDE AT A COST OF 12 MILLION DOLLARS. THE CONTROLLER MET TODAY WITH UNION REPRESENTATIVES TO DISCUSS A PROPOSAL THAT WOULDN'T AFFECT THEM.

SUPER: JOHN CHIANG/CONTROLLER/D-LOS ANGELES

SOT: (:13)

SAYS: "OBVIOUSLY THEY CARE, IT'S TAX REVENUES, IT'S FAIRNESS IN THE SYSTEM, HOPEFULLY IF WE HAD THOSE REVENUES, WE WOULDN'T BE ARGUING OVER AN 840 MILLION DOLLAR DIFFERENCE OVER WHETHER THE BUDGET IS BALANCED OR NOT."

VO TAG:

THE BOARD ESTIMATES THE ADDED INSPECTORS COULD GENERATE TWO BILLION DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL REVENUE FOR THE STATE. THE BOARD MAY MODIFY STAFF REQUIREMENTS. IT MUST SUBMIT ITS REQUEST FOR MORE INSPECTORS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE BY SEPTEMBER. THE REQUEST WILL NOT IMPACT THIS YEAR'S BUDGET AS IT SEEKS FUNDING FOR THE FOLLOWING FISCAL YEAR AND THE ONE AFTER THAT.

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SUPER: JOHN CHIANG/CONTROLLER/D-LOS ANGELES

SOT: (:25)

SAYS: "WE'RE GOING TO PRIORITIZE THOSE AREAS WHERE THERE'S MASSIVE EVASION OF TAX LAWS, WE'RE VERY FOCUSED IN ON MAKING SURE WE START TO WORK IN THOSE EFFORTS. WE HAD SIGNIFICANT UNDERGROUND ECONOMY PROBLEMS WITH CIGARETTE TAXES SO WE HIRED MORE PEOPLE TO AUDIT THE TAX ACCOUNTS, WE'RE LOOKING AT ENFORCING AND APPLYING SOME OF THE FEDERAL LAWS TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE TOOTH TO ENFORCE THOSE LAWS."

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