Local ‘public safety’ taxes are really public employee ‘pension taxes.’ ■ Steven Greenhut / Contributed NEW YEAR’S REVIEW First Published: Jan. 4, 2018 In the coming months and years, California voters can expect to see a variety of tax increases pop up on their local election ballots. They will be called “public safety” taxes to hire more police or firefighters or “parks” or “library” taxes to pay for those popular public services. But don’t be fooled. Any new tax proposal is in reality a “pension tax” designed to help the California Public Employees’ Retirement System make up for shortfalls in its investment strategy. In fact, liberal interest groups are getting ready
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