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Critics claim proposed new tax agency will place too much power in governor’s hands

SACRAMENTO, CA --A plan to radically reshape the State Board of Equalization (BOE) has both Democrats and Republicans up in arms. Plans for the changes are contained in SB 86. According to the legislation, Democrats plan to create a new tax body that would be under the Governor’s Office.

The legislation reads, “This bill would establish, in the Government Operations Agency, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and would place the department under the control of a director appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate. The bill would also authorize the Governor to appoint a chief deputy director and a ch