Former Assembly speaker returns with ambitious tax overhaul

May 2, 2015 4:40 PM by News Staff, Photo: Pete Bobb Wikimedia/MGN

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Bob Hertzberg, the former speaker of the state Assembly, has returned to the Capitol after a 12-year hiatus, bringing his clout and deal-making experience.

The San Fernando Valley Democrat has a reputation for going after big ideas. His mere presence stoked rumors of a challenge to the Senate leader though Hertzberg dismisses any rivalry.

His opening proposal is an ambitious tax overhaul. It centers on expanding California's sales tax to more services, while lowering the state's 7.5 percent base rate to as little as 4 percent. He also calls for doing away with local add-on taxes.

His pitch is timely as Democrats look for revenue to replace Gov. Jerry Brown's soon-to-expire tax under Proposition 30.

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