No, California’s problems are not that we’re undertaxed. We cannot blame budget shortfalls on Prop 13. In Los Angeles County, we’re paying 9.75% sales tax.
Maybe that’s one reason storefronts sit vacant across this city. Even on Melrose where hip entrepreneurs are eager to open up trendy shops.
Just got back from taking my car into the shop and walked passed the building which once housed a party store that had been there for as long as I took my car to that particular dealership. It now sits vacant. In her 18 years representing the Golden State in the United States Senate, how often has Mrs. Boxer come down to Los Angeles to talk to local merchants about the challenges of running a small business in Southern California?
Is she aware of the burden of federal, state and local regulation (not to mention the myriad fees and taxes) on these enterprises, how their proprietors struggle to stay afloat and provide a service for their communities? Does she know what it takes to keep a business running in tough economic times?
Instead of having to wait another 18 years for her answer, help out someone understands the challenges facing California businesses.