On this episode of WTF California, we discuss how California could become the second highest taxed state should New York approve the Governors proposed budget. FEMA to start reimbursing funeral costs for COVID-19 related deaths. Cost of lumber is increase home costs, cops fined for deer kills while State of California claims it has a “common sense” bill to prevent EDD fraud. We close by discussing the idea of tracking homeless in the states “new’ database and how it should be done.
- Seven arrested in Antioch gang sweep; charges include August homicide
ANTIOCH — Antioch Police Department have arrested seven alleged members of an East Oakland gang on charges that they traveled to Antioch to commit multiple shootings over the past several months, including one that resulted in the death of a 20-year-old man.
- New York’s $212B budget deal includes mobile sports betting, taxing wealthiest
NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers reached a new budget deal in Albany early Wednesday morning. The governor said COVID devastated the state economy and now this Fiscal 2022 budget will provide money for rebuilding New York. It also will legalize mobile sports betting and raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers.
- New York’s wealthiest look for exits as state readies hefty tax increase
New York’s top business leaders are gearing up for a potential mass exodus as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers prepare to raise their taxes. With the state budget set to increase the personal income tax on the wealthiest New Yorkers as well as hiking corporate taxes, some executives who fled the city for Florida temporarily due to coronavirus pandemic lockdowns are considering permanent relocation, according to business leaders briefed on the matter.
- FEMA to reimburse families $9,000 for COVID-related funeral costs
WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin offering $9,000 to families who lost loved ones to COVID-19 in a massive effort to retroactively reimburse them for funeral costs.
- Skyrocketing Lumber Prices Hit California New Home Buyers Hard
KENTFIELD (KPIX) — Lumber prices have hit historic levels and they’re making homes in California even more expensive, builders say it’s causing a ripple effect that will price more people out.
- California advances bill aimed at massive unemployment fraud
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Thursday advanced what they called commonsense legislation requiring two state agencies to share information aimed at helping stop billions of dollars in pandemic-related unemployment fraud. The measure that cleared its first committee would require the beleaguered Employment Development Department to crosscheck unemployment applications with inmate records to identify fraudulent claims.
- Two Local Cops Fined For Baiting Big Trophy Deer Kills In Amador County
AMADOR COUNTY (CBS13) – Two Amador County cops posted rare trophy kills online, but the California Department of Fish and Wildlife grew suspicious, saying they were too big and too rare to happen legally. The state regularly monitors social media for poaching crimes. It was the officers’ photos of deer kills that tipped off Fish and Wildlife.
- Parents sue to force expanded reopening of LAUSD, call current plan harmful
A group of parents — who say their children have been illegally shortchanged by Los Angeles Unified School District’s return-to-school plan — is seeking a court order to force the district to reopen “to the greatest extent possible” within seven days.
- Long Beach is latest SoCal city to be littered with white supremacist propaganda
Racist propaganda supporting white supremacy was found on storefronts and businesses in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach Wednesday.
- California unveils new database aimed at helping policymakers understand, address homeless issue
SAN FRANCISCO — A new California data warehouse system unveiled Wednesday should help policymakers better understand and address the issue of homelessness in a state that has the most unhoused people in the country, officials said.
- Concealed carry weapons permits will need to show good cause in Fresno
FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) — The rules are being revised for people who want to get a concealed carry weapons permit in the City of Fresno.
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