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GOVERNOR SIGNS/VETOES LEGISLATION

August 21, 2015

 

As the Session careens to a close, bills start to pile up on the Governor’s Desk. Here are some actions he has taken in the past few weeks on bills we are following.

He has vetoed two bills we care about:

AB 251 (Levine D) Public works: Prevailing Wage – public subsidies.

Governor’s Veto Message: To the Members of the California State Assembly: I am returning Assembly Bill 251 without my signature. This measure seeks to codify a definition of the term ‘de minimis’ to determine what level of public subsidy triggers prevailing wage requirements on an otherwise private project. Longstanding practice has been to view the subsidy in context of the project and use 2% as a general threshold for determinations. There has been no showing that the current practice is unreasonable. While I remain a staunch supporter of prevailing wages I am concerned that this measure is too restrictive and may have unintended consequences. Two years ago, I cited the same concerns when I returned a similar bill without my signature. This measure does not adequately address those concerns. Sincerely, GOVERNOR EDMUND G. BROWN JR.

AB 464 (Mullin D) Transactions and use taxes: maximum combined rate.

Governor’s Message: To the Members of the California State Assembly: I am returning Assembly Bill 464 without my signature. This bill would raise, on a blanket basis, the limit on local transactions and use tax for all counties and cities from two percent to three percent. Although I have approved raising the limit for individual counties, I am reluctant to approve this measure in view of all the taxes being discussed and proposed for the 2016 ballot. Sincerely, GOVERNOR EDMUND G. BROWN JR.

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