- Newsmaker: With No Bailout, County May Close More Hospitals
In November, Los Angeles County voters agreed to increase the property tax to make sure that trauma centers and emergency rooms stay open. After the measure passed by a margin of more than 70%, local officials thought they had a deal with Washington to resolve the County-s massive health crisis. Now, LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky says they-re back to square one.
- Reporter-s Notebook: Californians Cross Border to Avoid Sales Tax
The sales tax in California is 7.25%, even higher in places like LA County. To make up the state-s massive budget deficit, Governor Davis wants to raise it a penny more. That increase could be great for business -- in Oregon. Wyatt Buchanan, who reports for the San Francisco Chronicle, says northern county residents are already crossing the border to shop in a state with no sales tax and mandatory full-service gas stations.
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