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TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 TH, 2007
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1. MALT BEVERAGE TAX VO/SOT
The Board of Equalization meets this morning to discuss a proposal to raise the tax on flavored malt beverages. Proponents of the proposed tax increase, from the fermented alcohol tax rate of 20 cents per gallon to the distilled tax rate of $3.30 per gallon, say the tax hike is intended to reduce the incidence of underage drinking. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. GOVERNOR SIMPLE MAJORITY VO/SOT
While attempting to pressure Republicans in the Senate to vote for the Assembly version of the budget from which he promised to trim 700 million dollars in spending through line item vetoes, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he might support a simple majority to approve the budget rather than the current two thirds requirement. The speaker has suggested an initiative to repeal the two thirds vote for a budget. A 2004 initiative to reduce the two thirds legislative approval for a tax increase was defeated by voters in 2004. Efforting soundbites and video.
3. MORE MONEY, NO BUDGET VO/SOT
The state budget is now 45 days overdue, with no end to the budget stalemate in sight. The Assembly passed its version of the budget and is on summer recess until August 20th , but the state Senate is still on call, and its members are eligible for their $162 legislative per diem payments, essentially receiving extra money for not passing a budget. In October, lawmakers per diem will be raised to 170 dollars per day to reflect a hike in federal per diem pay as law requires. Efforting soundbites and video.
4. ANTI-WAR TOWN HALL VO/SOT
Opponents of United States military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan are conducting a Town Hall this morning at the federal courthouse in Sacramento. The event is sponsored by the Sacramento Coalition to End the War, which has invited local congressional representatives to attend. Efforting soundbites and video.
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Bakersfield to visit an independent living center that is not receiving state funds due to the budget impasse.
The Senate is on call of the Pro Tempore. The Assembly is in summer recess until August 20, 2007.
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