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NEWS: Sales tax rate map released for California

A newly released map from the State Board of Equalization offers a visual aid for taxpayers and also a sales tax lookup tool by zip code, reports the Victorville Daily Press. Generally, communities in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay area pay the highest sales taxes.

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OPINION: Why the State and Local Pension Problem Will Get Worse

Detroit's successful renegotiation of pension liabilities associated with future work to be performed by its employees has made reform advocates hopeful of similar agreements elsewhere. However, Steven Malanga writes in City Journal that legal obstacles in California and elsewhere may require more effort to overcome.

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NEWS: DMHC, Blue Shield Announce Data Breach Affecting 18K Calif. Doctors

A recent data breach involving the state Department of Managed Health Care and Blue Shield of California resulted in the accidental release of 18,000 doctors' social security numbers, reports California Healthline. A series of data breaches involving state agencies have led some people to question whether confidential information maintained by the government is truly secure.

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OPINION: Stop the hidden cap-and-trade tax on fuel

Ontario businessman B.J. Patterson writes in the Daily Bulletin that the unelected California Air Resources Board has plans to enact a cap and trade tax that will raise gas prices up to 70 cents a gallon. Patterson calls on citizens to encourage their representatives to postpone implementation of the tax, which is currently set to take effect at the beginning of 2015.

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NEWS: Federal audit faults California exchange for lax enrollment practices

The Los Angeles Times reports California's Obamacare exchange has come under criticism by a Federal audit that found not enough was being done to prevent fraud and identify inaccuracies in applications. State officials say they are improving their quality controls, but people whose applications were approved without adequate review may find themselves subject to unexpected charges.

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