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Wednesday, 16 September 2009 16:56

CAA Says "Help Stop More Tax Increases"

The CAA has released an appeal to its members which reads as follows:

You may have read about the Commission on the 21st Century Economy, a blue ribbon tax panel tasked with finding ways to modernize California’s tax system.
 
What hasn’t gotten much news media attention are some of the specific tax changes that are very alarming for California taxpayers. Proposals under serious consideration include a property tax change that could lead to higher taxes for employers and higher rents for small businesses and average Californian and a doubling of the state gas tax that would cost billions every year. 

Wednesday, 16 September 2009 16:53

CAA Benefit: Tiger Gas

Effective Sept. 16, Tiger Natural Gas Company has partnered with the California Autobody Association (CAA) on a Third Party Natural Gas Program to benefit its members.

Friday, 11 September 2009 09:40

LAST Chance---A Veto on AB 1200?

AB 1200 (Hayashi) narrowly passed in the CA Assembly the evening of Sept. 10 by a vote of 41-19.

The bill is now on the governor's desk awaiting his signature or veto.

AB1200 would allow insurers to legally steer customers even after they have specifically chosen a body shop.

Both California body shop associations and many consumer groups are urging shop owners and consumers to call, fax, and email their opposition to AB1200 to the governor and ask for a veto:

The LA Times is reporting that AB 1200 will likely be approved by the California Assembly, based on the Assembly passing a previous version, and will likely go to the Governor next week.

LA Times Story

Consumer Watchdog says it has "heard from consumers who felt they were mistreated by Los Angles-based Mercury Insurance Company. Our advocates and attorneys have observed Mercury's efforts to cheat consumers and avoid accountability through the Legislature, before state insurance regulators, and in the courts. For these reasons, Consumer Watchdog believes that consumers cannot trust Mercury Insurance. Here are the top 10 reasons why you cannot trust Mercury."

Opponents of Assembly Member Mary Hayashi’s (D-Hayward) auto insurance industry-sponsored legislation, A.B. 1200, released a set of documents today they claim show the intent of Hayashi’s bill is profit for insurers, not consumer information or safety.

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click for link to Consumer Watchdog Floor Alert and Mercury Insurance and AIG documents