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Gov. Schwarzenegger Pushes New Tax Hikes for California

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called for a sharp increase in the state’s sales tax, as well as new taxes on oil drilling and alcoholic drinks to help pay for a budget shortfall of billions of dollars.

Central to his plan would be a sales tax increase of 1 1/2 cents from its current rate of 7.25 percent on the dollar to raise $10.8 billion. Republicans in the state have firmly opposed any tax increases.

Proposed new taxes include an immediate, three-year increase in the sales tax by 1.5 cents on the dollar; broadening sales and use taxes to items such as car repair, golf and veterinary services; a tax on oil extraction in the state; and an increase in alcohol taxes. The temporary increase would push the state portion of the sales tax to 8.75 percent, before any local sales taxes were considered.

A broad range of proposed budget and program cuts would require state workers to take one work day without pay a month and eliminate two state holidays and premium pay for hours worked on other holidays. The governor is also proposing changes to allow state agencies to establish four-day work weeks.

Sen. Ted Stevens guilty in corruption case

Alaska senator proclaims his innocence, promises appeal of verdict

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Oct. 27: Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was convicted of corruption charges Monday in a trial that threatens to end the career of the longest-serving GOP member in the Senate.

The jury found Mr. Stevens guilty of failing to report tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and services from friends. These included an estimated $250,000 in renovations to his home in Alaska underwritten by the owner of an oil-services company and one of the state’s leading power brokers.

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Bush heckled during 4th July speech

Protesters made it hard to hear President Bush Friday as he welcomed new citizens and marked Independence Day at the home of Thomas Jefferson.

As is the tradition each Fourth of July, a naturalization ceremony was held at Monticello in Charlottesville, Va. This year, 76 immigrants from 30 different countries came to take the oath of citizenship.

But Bush repeatedly was interrupted as he welcomed the guests.

“That man is a fascist!” one protester yelled. Another swore at him.

The protesters later were removed from the ceremony by law enforcement officials.

“To my fellow citizens to be — we believe in free speech in the United States of America,” Bush said when the protesters started shouting.