April 4, 2009
A state legislative committee for the arts, entertainment and tourism sector approved a bill, written by Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, that would allocate 20% of the sales tax revenues derived from arts-related products to supplement the California Arts Council. The Assembly’s Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism & Internet Media Committee approved the bill on a 5-3 vote Monday, sending it to the Revenue and Taxation Committee for further consideration. The tax revenue, estimated to be $30 million each year, would go to the Arts Council for state grants.
January 5, 2000
Paul Clinton AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Toting office-supply boxes filled with petitions, Assemblyman Scott Wildman (D-Burbank) appealed to Gov. Gray Davis Monday to support a bill that seeks to stem the flow of film and television jobs to Canada. Against a backdrop of departing jets, Wildman stepped to a podium Monday morning outside Burbank Airport's Southwest Airlines terminal to announce he has collected nearly 100,000 signatures supporting a bill that would offer tax incentives to movie and television producers to use California locations to produce their shows.
February 28, 2009
As dawn broke over Sacramento early Thursday morning, the State Legislature wrapped up a marathon session that finally put to bed a two-year spending plan that will bridge the state’s unprecedented $42-billion deficit caused by the global fiscal crisis. The Democrats in the Legislature, along with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a handful of courageous Republican lawmakers, put together a budget compromise that begins to lay the foundation for getting California working again. Much about the budget plan was difficult to support and undoubtedly will cause significant pain to many Californians.